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Rick Perkins Award

Larry Calhoun, President, STC, and Michael Crumpler, Rick Perkins Award of Excellence reipient

Being nominated for the Rick Perkins Award for Excellence isn’t something new for Welding Instructor Michael Crumpler, nor is receiving it. But for the Instructor of the Year at Southeastern Technical College who was recognized as such Tuesday evening, it’s still a humbling experience.

“When I look back and see where the Lord has brought me, it’s a blessing,” he said. “I grew up in the projects in South Alabama just struggling. Now, I have a college education and I’m a college instructor with 12 letters behind my name. It’s just so humbling. I’m so glad my family was here tonight to witness this because they know what the Lord has brought me from.

“It’s a true and I believe spiritual saying that ‘With God all things are possible.’ I do believe all things are possible if you only believe,” he concluded.

Like the GOAL winner we reported on yesterday, Elizabeth Paradice, Crumpler will represent STC as an ambassador for technical education. He will now compete among instructors at the regional level, and if selected as one of three finalists, will go on to the state-level competition in Atlanta.

Crumpler is in his 23rd year as an instructor at STC. He was nominated for the Rick Perkins Award of Excellence in 2006, 2012, and 2016, and was nominated and the recipient of the award in 2017 and 2023.

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