Columbus Technical College Names Student, Teacher of the Year

A 28-year-old military wife has been named Columbus Technical College’s Student of the Year for 2012. Sarah Aeverman is enrolled in the paralegal studies program at Columbus Tech. She will be graduating in December with an associate degree and hopes to use her education and experience to pay tribute to the military that served her family so well. 

“I always wanted to be in the paralegal field,” Aeverman said. “And this will be the perfect way to give back. I would love to work in a JAG (Judge Advocate General) office so I can help soldiers and their families.” 

Sarah said choosing a career path she was passionate about was just one consideration – she also needed something that had transportable skills so she can take her knowledge anywhere her husband may be stationed. 

The student of the year program is known as GOAL, or Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership. Besides bragging rights and the chance at being a state representative for technical education, Aeverman was also presented with a check for $250 from longtime GOAL partner, the North Columbus Rotary Club. Three other finalists for the GOAL student honor were: Wanda Morris/paralegal, Jeremy Clardy/medical assisting, and Justin Brown/management. Each received a check for $50 from the Rotarians. 

Also announced today was the college’s instructor of the year, known as the Rick Perkins Award. (Note: starting this fall, Columbus Technical College will rename its Teacher of the Year in honor of its late dean of business, Tim Justice.) Chemistry and math instructor Alicia Anderson took home the honors plus a check for $500 from the college Foundation. Alicia has been teaching full time at Columbus Tech for about six years and calls this win amazing. 

“To be recognized by my peers and co-workers for doing a job I love makes my job even more rewarding,” Anderson said. “I am truly overwhelmed and appreciative.” 

Both winners will represent Columbus Technical College at their regional level competition in Macon on February 29. If they win at that level, it’s on to Atlanta in April to vie for the state title. 

The Columbus Tech winners were announced at the regular lunchtime meeting of the North Columbus Rotary Club.

Columbus Technical College’s student of the year, Sarah Aeverman (left), poses with President Bob Jones. Also pictured are student of the year finalists, Justin Brown, Jeremy Clardy, and Wanda Morris.

Columbus Technical College’s student of the year, Sarah Aeverman (left), poses with President Bob Jones. Also pictured are student of the year finalists, Justin Brown, Jeremy Clardy, and Wanda Morris.

Chemistry and math instructor Alicia Anderson is Columbus Tech’s instructor of the year. With her is CTC President Bob Jones.

Chemistry and math instructor Alicia Anderson is Columbus Tech’s instructor of the year. With her is CTC President Bob Jones.