Casey Corbett, Fish and Wildlife Management Instructor, was recently named Ogeechee Technical College’s 2021 Rick Perkins Award for Excellence in Technical Instruction recipient at the annual Spring Faculty & Staff Meeting.
“I work at a college full of amazing people, and I think the people are what make OTC such a wonderful place,” said Corbett. “I am incredibly honored to be named this year’s Instructor of the Year and I know that I have very big shoes to fill. I hope in the year to come that I can represent OTC well and be a solid advocate for technical education,” she added.
The Rick Perkins Award for Excellence in Technical Instruction is an annual, statewide competition that honors the Technical College System of Georgia’s most outstanding instructors. Started in 1991, this honor recognizes technical college instructors who make significant contributions to technical education through service, innovation, and leadership in their field.
Alongside Corbett’s many accolades her nominators applauded her intentionality with her students, one of whom wrote, “She loves what she is teaching, you can see the passion she has for her field and her students. Not only does she interact with students everyday in the classroom, but you can tell that the quality of those interactions matter to her.”
The Instructor of the Year is named each year during the spring faculty/staff meeting. Dr. Ryan Foley, Executive Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs said, “Casey Corbett’s passion for both her students and her career field are evident in all that she does. She is an excellent instructor and will be an invaluable representative for technical education in the state.”
Corbett received her Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from the University of Georgia. She has previously worked as the Tech Prep and School to Work Coordinator at Southeastern Technical College, science teacher at Tattnall County High School, small business owner, and the Education Coordinator at the Georgia Southern University Center for Wildlife Education. She also holds Georgia Master Naturalist certification from the UGA Cooperative Extension Service and the UGA Warnell School of Forestry & Natural Resources.