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GPTC Adult Education Instructor Named Outstanding Teacher of the Year Runner-Up

DeKalb County - June 28, 2017

Penny Womack, an Adult Education instructor at Georgia Piedmont Technical College, was recently named runner-up for Outstanding Teacher of the Year by the Coalition on Adult Basic Education (COABE), a national organization promoting adult literacy and education.

Penny Womack

“Penny Womack’s commitment to adult education and her willingness to go above and beyond by spending extra time to assure her students succeed has been recognized nationally by COABE,” said Dr. Jabari Simama, president of Georgia Piedmont.  “She is the type of instructor, teacher, and mentor that we value at Georgia Piedmont, and her work ethic is exemplary,” he said.  

Womack began teaching Adult Education courses at Georgia Piedmont in 2014.  “Teaching is my passion,” she said.  “I especially enjoy instructing adults who have learned the value of an education,” Womack said.  Her commitment to her students goes beyond the classroom, since she often emails, texts and video chats with students outside regular classroom hours to help them grasp concepts they may not have learned during class.   

A math teacher, Womack helps low-income students and refugees as they pursue their GED® credential.  Additionally, she shares best practices with her peers by participating in professional development initiatives. 

Penny Womack

About the Coalition on Adult Basic Education
The Coalition on Adult Basic Education’s mission is to inspire educators so that adults succeed and communities thrive.  COABE exists to provide leadership, communication, professional development, and advocacy for adult education and literacy practitioners in order to advance quality services for all adult learners.  To learn more about COABE, please visit

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About Georgia Piedmont Technical College
Established in 1961, Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC) is one of the top technical colleges in Georgia. As a student-centered institution, GPTC prepares individuals with the skills necessary to succeed in a rapidly changing, global economy. In August 2016, Georgia Piedmont was ranked among the top ten technical colleges in terms of enrollment by the Atlanta Business Chronicle. GPTC’s graduation rate is more than 74.3 percent, and its graduates secure employment at a level resulting in a 98.7 percent placement rate. With nearly 4,000 students, Georgia Piedmont’s adult education program is among the largest in the state. The college has 12 learning centers in DeKalb, Newton, Rockdale and Morgan counties. As set forth in its student catalog, Georgia Piedmont Technical College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, national or ethnic origin, sex, religion, disability, age, political affiliation or belief, genetic information, veteran status, or citizenship status (except in those special circumstances permitted or mandated by law). Contact Lisa Peters, the ADA Coordinator, at 404/297-9522, ext. 1154, or at the main DeKalb campus, 495 N. Indian Creek Drive, Clarkston, GA 30021 Room A-170; or Dr. Debra Gordon, the Title IX Coordinator, at 404/297-9522, ext. 1176, or at the main DeKalb campus, 495 N. Indian Creek Drive, Clarkston, GA 30021 Room A-103 for assistance. For more information about our graduation rates and other important program information, please visit our website at

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