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OTC's EAGLE Representative

Eugenia Evans and Heather GoodmanMrs. Eugenia Evans was chosen to represent Okefenokee Technical College at the EAGLE Leadership Institute February 21-22, 2006 in Atlanta. The Leadership Institute recognizes and honors those students who have demonstrated superior achievement in adult literacy classes and programs.

EAGLE is the first statewide program in the nation that recognizes and rewards excellence among students enrolled in the adult literacy programs.  This student recognition program is designed to create greater awareness of educational opportunities that are available in local communities across the state and to foster greater involvement in lifelong learning pursuits.

The Georgia Department of Technical and Adult Education (DTAE) through its Office of Adult Literacy (OAL) sponsors the annual Exceptional Adult Georgian in Literacy Education (EAGLE) Leadership Institute.

Mrs. Evans is originally from Medellin, Colombia, and comes from a large family of five brothers and nine sisters.  Mrs. Evans earned her CPA and an administrative degree at Essuner University in Medellin. She worked at a bank and was an accountant for twenty years.  Prior to moving to Homerville last year, she had lived in Colombia her entire life.  Mrs. Evans is married to David Evans of Cogdell, who owns an alligator farm. She helps with the accounting at the farm and also attends classes regularly at Clinch County Adult Education in Homerville, learning English as a Second Language. 

Evans was nominated by her teacher at the center, Heather Goodman.  Evans was chosen based on her strong work ethic, her regular attendance in class, and her exceptionally positive attitude. She is a leader in the classroom and is respected by her peers.  She has made great educational gains and is becoming proficient in reading and writing the English language.

Mrs. Evans was accompanied by Mrs. Goodman and OTC’S Adult Education Director, Ms. Marla Tyler, to the Leadership Institute.  They attended three professional development leadership sessions: “Managing Up, Managing Down” by Dr. Eleanor Hooks, Senior Consultant with the Georgia Center for Nonprofits; “What Makes a Good Leader?” by Dr. Mark Newton, Director of the Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management Program at Gwinnett Technical College; and “Package Yourself for Success” by Dr. Britt Wattwood, Director of Online Learning at Gwinnett Technical College. 

“We enjoyed the conference and were very thankful to be able to receive such high-quality professional development training,” Mrs. Goodman said of the conference, “Mrs. Evans enjoyed meeting new people and being recognized for her accomplishments. ”Mrs. Evans was given an eagle statue and a portfolio to commemorate her achievement.

 Picture: L to R are Mrs. Evans with her instructor Heather Goodman


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