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NewsThursday, May 12, 2011
Christee Williams, a licensed veterinary technician and instructor in Tri-County Technical College's Veterinary Technology program since 1989, was honored with the highest award presented to the faculty, the Presidential Medallion for Instructional Excellence, at the College's annual commencement May 10. Presenting the award is President Ronnie L. Booth.
Christee Williams Receives Presidential Medallion for Instructional Excellence
CONTACT: LISA GARRETT, 646-1506
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 5/11/2011
(By Lisa Garrett)
PENDLETON --- Christee Williams, a licensed veterinary technician and instructor in Tri-County Technical College's Veterinary Technology program since 1989, was honored with the highest award presented to the faculty, the Presidential Medallion for Instructional Excellence, at the College's annual commencement May 10.
Dr. Ronnie L. Booth, president, presented the medallion to the Pendleton resident. The medallion is presented each year to the instructor who has contributed the most during the academic year to the profession of teaching, to the development of the College and to the students.
"Christee is a caring instructor who is committed to lifelong learning in the veterinary profession," Dr. Booth read from the nomination written by Williams' supervisor, Dr. Peggy Champion, who leads the Veterinary Technology Department. "She is able to take her knowledge and explain it to the students on a level they can understand and use. Her combination of being able to teach in the lecture setting and then demonstrate in the lab gives students a solid foundation in the skills necessary to become excellent veterinary technicians. Her years of experience and determination to keep up with the latest knowledge of veterinary medicine have ensured that she always provides the best instructional material in veterinary technology," wrote Dr. Champion.
Williams began working part time for veterinarians while a student in high school and decided to prepare for a career in Veterinary Technology at Tri-County Technical College. The Summerville native graduate was the College's outstanding senior in 1982 and went on to work at Clemson University as a research specialist in the Poultry Science Department. In 1989 she joined her alma mater as an instructor in the Veterinary Technology program. In 1995 she received the first-ever Technician of the Year award from the South Carolina Association of Veterinarians.
In addition to teaching full time, Williams serves as the faculty advisor to the student chapter of the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA). In 2005 the chapter was named the Student Chapter of the Year. This was the first time Tri-County's chapter submitted a nomination and was the chapter's first national accolade.
Williams also is a member of the South Carolina Association of Veterinary Technicians (SCAVT) and serves as the regional representative on the SCAVT state board. She served as treasurer of the board from 2001 - 2011.
"In her role on the SCAVT, she learns about changes on the state and national levels for veterinary technicians, as well as maintaining information about current veterinary practices so that she teaches students the most current practices. It is not just her willingness to participate on this board, but also the respect of her peers that kept her in this position," said Dr. Champion.
In addition, she is a long-standing member of the Association of Veterinary Technology Educators and attends bi-annual conferences. In 1996 Williams was one of 40 technician educators selected nationwide as a contributor to a review manual for veterinary technicians.
It is not unusual for Williams to go above and beyond what many would consider normal working hours to meet the needs of the students and animals in the program, said Dr. Champion. When the program was undergoing is reaccreditation process, Williams' input and time were vital to the department receiving full American Veterinary Medical Association reaccreditation for six years, she added.
"Christee is, by far, the best technician I have ever worked with," said Dr. Champion. "I admire her as a technician, as an instructor, and especially as a caring and supportive advisor for all the students in the Veterinary Technology program."
Williams and her husband, Charles, live in Pendleton and have two children, Joshua and Ashley.