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November 27, 2007
Gwinnett Tech Student Recognized as Best of the Year by Georgia Association on Young Children
GAYC Honors James Peas as Exceptional Early Childhood Education Student
Gwinnett Technical College student James Peas has been named the Early Childhood Education Student of the Year by the Georgia Association on Young Children (GAYC), recognized for his outstanding potential and existing contributions to his young students and the field.
Peas, who is only one class away from earning his associate's degree in early childhood education from Gwinnett Tech, was recognized during the annual GAYC awards ceremony this fall.
The Georgia Association on Young Children (GAYC) is a non-profit membership organization that promotes quality early care and education for young children. GAYC is the state affiliate of the Southern Early Childhood Association (SECA) and the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).
In nominating Peas, Dr. Priscilla Smith, Gwinnett Tech's early childhood education program director, recognized him as an outstanding student, a campus leader and already, a sought-after teacher. Peas is currently a full-time teacher in a Georgia-funded Pre K classroom at the D. Scott Hudgens, Jr. Early Education Center at Gwinnett Tech and was the first teacher hired when the Center opened in 2005. The Hudgens Centerprovides students studying early childhood education at Gwinnett Tech a hands-on experience in a quality learning environment, while simultaneously serving as a nurturing educational center for children aged 6 weeks to 12 years.
"James Peas is a gifted teacher, even at this early point in his career," says Smith. "Children are drawn to his respectful teaching style and mannerisms. Parents actively request placement in his room for their children. He serves as an exemplary role model for the children placed in his room and the college students who observe his teaching techniques."
Peas has already earned other academic honors at Gwinnett Tech, including:
- The 2007 Silver Medal at the Georgia Postsecondary Preschool Teaching Assistant competition for SkillsUSA,
- The GTC Certificate of Merit Award, and
- A nomination for the Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL).
Now in his last year at Gwinnett Tech as a student, Peas has been active in representing the program to donors for the fundraising of the Early Education Center and openly speaks of how his life has changed through his experiences at Gwinnett Tech. He also visits high schools as an early childhood education recruiter.
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Gwinnett Technical College, one of Georgia's largest technical colleges, is committed to delivering relevant knowledge to meet the workforce training needs of the region it serves. The college offers more than 50 associate degree, diploma and certificate programs and hundreds of seminars, workshops and courses providing specialized training. Gwinnett Tech's service area includes Gwinnett and North Fulton counties. Gwinnett Technical College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award the associate degree. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Gwinnett Technical College. In addition, some college programs hold separate licensure or accreditation status with appropriate agencies. For more information, visit www.GwinnettTech.edu.
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