Heather Williamson is the 2019 Technical College System of Georgia’s recipient of its Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership. She received the program’s grand prize: program’s grand prize: a new, made-in-Georgia 2019 KIA Optima, courtesy of KIA Motors Manufacturing Georgia and delivered by Ed Voyles KIA of Chamblee. PHOTO CREDIT: TECHNICAL COLLEGE SYSTEM OF GEORGIA.

Ga Tech College System honors student and faculty member of the year 

A Middle Georgia woman who dreams of educating young children and a faculty member who has overcome kidney failure received top honors from a state agency as its student and instructor of the year.

The Technical College System of Georgia last week named Central Georgia Technical College’s Heather Williamson its Student of the Year and Leyner Argueta, a faculty member at Georgia Northwestern Technical College, its Instructor of the Year.

Williamson’s goals include earning her bachelor’s degree and working her way toward a position as an assistant principal of instruction for a school district. She will graduate with her associate’s degree May 3 and will serve as a speaker for the college’s commencement ceremony.

Argueta teaches Management and Supervisory Development and has overcome many obstacles growing up including being born with only one hand and being diagnosed with kidney failure at the age of 21.

Argueta and Williamson learned their won the awards at a ceremony attended by Gov. Brian Kemp.

Leyner Argueta, a Business Management instructor at Georgia Northwestern Technical College, is the winner of the 2019 Rick Perkins Award for Excellence in Technical Instruction from the Technical College System of Georgia. PHOTO CONTRIBUTED.