Joycelin Primus selected as Savannah Tech’s 2021 Rick Perkins Instructor of the Year

EDITED: Joycelin Primus was named runner-up for TCSG Rick Perkins Instructor of the year 2021 (the state competition). Well done!!!!

SAVANNAH, Ga. – Savannah Technical College Barbering instructor Joycelin Primus has been selected as STC’s 2021 Rick Perkins Instructor of the Year. The Rick Perkins Award for Excellence in Technical Instruction honors outstanding faculty members at each of the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) institutions. She will represent Savannah Technical College in the virtual statewide competition.

“Mrs. Primus is a creative and innovative educator who is committed to providing the best educational experience possible for our students,” said STC President Dr. Kathy Love. “She has demonstrated professional excellence and service in the classroom, as well as in the local community. She has a passion for helping students achieve their dreams and goals for college, career, and life.”

Primus holds a Barbering Diploma and completed her Barbering Instructor Certificate Diploma from Central Georgia Technical College. She began her teaching career as a Barbering Instructor for Savannah Technical College in 2010, after having taught as an adjunct Barbering Instructor for four years at Central Georgia Technical College.

For the past five years, she and her students have collaborated to serve military veterans and other individuals in the community who are experiencing homelessness by providing barbering services at the Annual Savannah Stand Down for Homelessness event. She is an active supporter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and Second Harvest. She has also assisted Rebuilding Together Atlanta in building a home for a family in need.

To promote education in her field, she serves as an Advisory Board Member for the textbook publisher of Milady, Cengage Learning. She serves as an advisor for SkillsUSA, and she is a member of the STC Faculty Senate. Additionally, she serves on TCSG’s Barbering Instructional Faculty Consortium Committee.

The Rick Perkins Instructor of the Year 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 Rick Perkins Award was renamed in memory and honor of Thomas “Rick” Perkins, an instructor at West Central Technical College, now West Georgia Technical College, who received the Commissioner’s Award of Excellence prior to his untimely death. TCSG provides oversight for the Rick Perkins Award program through the system office’s programming staff, the presidents’ Academic Improvement committee and the state planning committee.

Savannah Tech’s Barbering program prepares students to be on the cutting edge of men’s fashion and trends with training to test for licensure as a Professional Barber at Savannah Technical College. The Barbering Program features barbering services such as cutting, trimming, shampooing, styling hair, trimming beards and giving shaves. It is offered at Savannah Tech’s Savannah and Liberty campuses. For more information visit


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Savannah Technical College serves Coastal Georgia with quality, market-driven technical education with campus locations in Chatham, Effingham and Liberty Counties. Serving more than 10,000 credit and non-credit students annually, Savannah Tech offers nearly 150 different instructional programs in Aviation Technology, Business and Professional Services, Industrial Technology, and Health Sciences in addition to Adult Education classes, industry-specific training and continuing education. The College serves as an economic and community development partner for the region, offering corporate and customized training and assessment programs for business and industry.

Savannah Technical College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate degrees, diplomas and technical certificates of credit. Questions about the accreditation of Savannah Technical College may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (