Sonia Wynne Named 2022 CGTC RPA Instructor of the Year

January 21, 2022


Warner Robins, Ga. – Hemodialysis instructor and program chair, Sonia Wynne was recently named Central Georgia Technical College’s (CGTC) Rick Perkins Award (RPA) Winner for Excellence in Technical Instruction for 2022.

Sonia Wynne has been a dialysis nurse for 30 years. She earned her LPN at Wharton County Junior College in Wharton, Texas and her registered nursing degree at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton, GA.

Wynne began working at the College in 2004 and developed its Hemodialysis program which was the first of its kind in the state of Georgia.

“The most rewarding moments of my teaching career have been providing skilled workers to the healthcare industry to assist those with kidney disease on dialysis to live long and live well,” Wynne said.

Wynne is recognized as a leader in her field serving in several state and national boards including Georgia’s ESRD Advisory Council to the Governor, the National Kidney Foundation and ESRD Network 6, formerly known as the Southeastern Kidney Council.

As a leader for her field and advocate for students, Wynne consistently encourages her graduates to pursue the most out of their career.

“These graduates become internationally certified in this specialized field and have opportunities to become preceptors, educators, and clinic administrators,” she said.

As she embraces her opportunity to advocate for technical instruction as CGTC’s RPA Winner, she is confident in her ability to represent the College well saying, “It’s because of my passion and strong belief in our mission to build a better community through technical education.”

CGTC instructors are nominated by their peers for RPA and then sit through various interview panels to select the winner from a group of six finalists.

Finalists for the 2021 award were Mandy Cobb, Radiologic Technology instructor and program chair, Dr. Joan Fox, Dental Hygiene instructor, Ashley Rivers, Nursing instructor, Ethel Ross, Adult Education instructor.

Wynne will move on to the Central Region Rick Perkins Award for Excellence competition to be at CGTC in February. The 22 other RPA winners from technical colleges across Georgia will compete in North and South regional competitions where finalists will be selected to compete in April for the title of State RPA Winner.

About the Rick Perkins Award

The Rick Perkins Award for Excellence in Technical Instruction honors the Technical College System of Georgia’s most outstanding instructors. The award has been an ongoing statewide event since 1991 and is designed to recognize technical college instructors who make significant contributions to technical education through innovation and leadership in their fields. Formerly known as the Commissioner’s Award of Excellence, the award was renamed in honor and memory of Thomas “Rick” Perkins, an instructor at West Georgia Technical College, formerly known as West Central Technical College, who received the Commissioner’s Award of Excellence prior to his untimely death. The Technical College System of Georgia provides oversight for the Rick Perkins Award program through the system’s office and the state planning committee.