2007-07-18 / School & Sports

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Hope Toole Hope Toole Mathematics teacher Hope Toole has been selected as Bainbridge College (BC) Technical Studies Division Rick Perkins Award Winner for 2007-08. She will vie at the regional level for the opportunity to compete for the state title.

The regional event will be July 26 at Moultrie Technical College, said Shirley Beck, BC Tech Studies Division acting chair.

Mrs. Toole, who is serving her second term on the BC Faculty Council and chairs the Budget and Planning Committee, co-developed the first online technical mathematics class taught at BC. For that effort she received the Excellence in e-Learning Award at Georgia Virtual Technical College's (GVTC) summit in 2005. GVTC coordinates distance learning opportunities and is part of the Department of Technical and Adult Education (DTAE).

The 1985 graduate of Bainbridge High School graduated summa cum laude from Kennesaw State University in 1993 with a double major of mathematics and secondary mathematics education.

After teaching high school math in Cobb County six years, she and her husband, Jeff Toole, returned to Bainbridge where she has taught math in the BC Tech Studies Division since 2000. Her husband teaches science at Bainbridge High School. They have two children, Zach, 10, and Madison, 7, who attend John Johnson Elementary School.

Mrs. Toole, who is active at First Baptist Church in Bainbridge, is the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Joe Beauchamp of Camilla. She is the granddaughter of Ruby Ezell of Bainbridge and Dorothy Beauchamp of Americus.

In the fall Mrs. Toole will be recognized with the other Rick Perkins winners from throughout Georgia at Lighthouse Institute, a DTAE professional development event during which the final phase of the competition takes place. Regional winners are announced at that time, said Mrs. Beck, and the final competition takes place. The state winner is Instructor of the Year for Georgia's Technical College System and serves as an ambassador for technical education.

This annual award given by DTAE recognizes outstanding faculty at the college, regional and state levels. Each level of competition includes a series of interviews by business and industry leaders from across the state. Mrs. Beck noted that each technical college in Georgia nominates an outstanding instructor for this award.

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