Gwinnett Technical College recently named Jeff White, a physics instructor their Rick Perkins Instructor of the Year recipient.
White discovered his “calling” at 16 while coaching youth baseball and soccer. He quickly learned coaching and developing were his strengths and enrolled in education at the University of Georgia to transfer those skills to coaching and developing students in the classroom.
White, an analytical person, grew up tinkering, taking things apart, and trying to figure out how they worked; that’s when he discovered physics was the study of the Universe and why and how things do what they do. His passion for physics blossomed.
“I have always loved working with others and helping them develop the talents they have inside. Seeing their eyes light up as they have that moment of enlightenment is incredibly satisfying. Every student comes into my class with hope for a better future and dreams of a better life. They trust me to help them make those dreams come true and ensure their life story has a happy ending. Their hard work and dedication to their dreams is my inspiration,” states White.
White taught in the Gwinnett County Public Schools system for 34 years before coming to Gwinnett Technical College as a full-time physics instructor. During those years, he taught various science classes, was the science department chair for 13 years, coached football, baseball, and soccer, and sponsored several student clubs.
“It is both a great honor and a very humbling experience to be chosen to represent the faculty and staff of Gwinnett Technical College. We have an incredible collection of talented people who deserve to have their voice heard, and I am honored to be their voice,” states White.
White holds a Master of Science in Physics from Georgia State University and a Bachelor of Science in Science Education from the University of Georgia. He also earned his Specialist Degree from the University of Georgia in School Leadership and his Gifted Endorsement. White was born and raised in Atlanta and resides in Flowery Branch, Georgia. He and his wife enjoy camping, traveling, and spending time with their four children and six grandchildren.
The Rick Perkins Award for Excellence in Technical Instruction began in 1991 and is designed to recognize and honor technical college instructors who make significant contributions to technical education through innovation and leadership in their fields.