Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College recognized the 2009 Instructors of the Year at the Gulf Coast Alumni/Foundation Spring Reception on Monday, March 30 at the Jefferson Davis Campus. This year’s honorees are Dr. Charles Egerton, science and biology instructor, Jackson County Campus; Angela Bryan, computer programming instructor, Jefferson Davis Campus; and Daisha Walker, public speaking and theatre instructor, Perkinston Campus.
Since 1971, Gulf Coast students, faculty, administrators and college organizations have nominated outstanding instructors for the prestigious Instructor of the Year awards. The three instructors chosen are selected based on their academic excellence, dedication and professionalism both inside and outside the classroom.
Dr. Charles Egerton has a doctorate in science education from The University of Southern Mississippi and has been involved in numerous civic activities, including his current service as commissioner of the Trent Lott International Airport. Egerton has received the Air Force Meritorious Service Medal and the Air Force Commendation Medal and is included in the Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare. He has been published extensively, including contributions to The Physician Assistant Medical Handbook (1995) and the Journal of the Mississippi State Medical Association (1994). Egerton has taught at the Jackson County Campus since 1991.
Angela Bryan is currently a doctoral student at The University of Southern Mississippi and has many industry certifications, including A+, Security+, Certified Technical Partner+, Project+, Network+ and IC3, and is an IC3 certified instructor. She is actively involved in Delta Kappa Gamma as the communications chair and is past president of the Jefferson Davis Campus Faculty Association. She won the Lamplighter Award in 2007 and the Tandy Technology Outstanding Technology Teacher Award in 1993 and 1998. Bryan has taught at the Jefferson Davis Campus since 2000.
Daisha Walker received a master’s degree from The University of Southern Mississippi. She has directed 28 plays and five major musicals, and has written and/or adapted seven plays. For the past five years, she has served as the director for the Perk Players, a children’s theatre touring group, which received the 2009 Mississippi Alliance for Arts Education Exemplary Arts Service Award from the Mississippi Theatre Association. They also won Best Production 2008 Theatre for Youth Festival with the play “The Dreaming Tree” written by Walker, and Best Production 2009 Theatre for Youth Festival with the play “Tails of the Singing River” written by Walker. She has twice been named Mississippi Humanities Instructor of the Year. Additionally, she has attended workshops with Elli Wallach, Christopher Durang, Kate Snodgrass, Eric Overmeyer, John Pielmeier and Kaye Gibbons. Walker has taught at the Perkinston Campus since 1993.
The honorees were presented resolutions from the MS legislature and awarded $1,000 for use in their respective instructional areas. The Gulf Coast family congratulates the 2009 Instructors of the Year!