Annette Baker named Lanier Tech Instructor of Year for 2020

December 5, 2019

Annette Baker named Lanier Technical College’s 2020 Rick Perkins Award Winner

Annette Baker, Program Director and Instructor for the Lanier Technical College Health Information Management Technology, has been named the College’s Rick Perkins Instructor of the Year Award Winner for 2020.

Baker was announced Wednesday at the annual Lanier Technical College GOAL/Rick Perkins Award Luncheon at the Lanier Technical College Ramsey Conference Center.

Holding back tears Baker remarked, “I am honored, truly honored. It’s thrilling for me to come here (Lanier Tech) every day. There’s so much good that comes out of this College that I don’t think that I can stand much more.”

“To all of the candidates, I am really truly honored to mentioned alongside each of you because I see the perseverance and hard work that you bring every day to your programs. It’s a privilege to work alongside of you.”

“One reason that Lanier Technical College is so successful is that we have our priorities straight. We put the students first, we put workforce and industry second, and we the staff are third. The preservice and passion that everyone in this room puts into to their job each and every day, and that gives me inspiration and energy to keep going. When students come into the HIMT (Health Information Management Technology) program, I tell them that we are going to change the world. Thank you for changing my world.”

Photo of Annette Baker learning of award and being congratulated by Dr. Ray Perren, Lanier Technical College President.
Photo of Annette Baker learning of award and being congratulated by Dr. Ray Perren, Lanier Technical College President.

Baker has been in the Health Information Management Technology industry for over 38 years, and brings her experience and passion to help students excel to the classroom every day.

The runner-up in the Rick Perkins Award Competition at Lanier Technical College was Joy Dyer, Cosmetology Instructor, at the Hall Campus.

The Rick Perkins Award is given annually by the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) to the Outstanding Instructor of the Year. In order to qualify at the state level, each of the system’s 22 colleges select a winner at the local level who then goes on to compete in one of three regional competitions in March. From each region, three representatives are then sent on to the state competition which will be held in April 2020 at the Spring TCSG Leadership Conference.

Lanier Technical College has a 100 percent job placement rate five out of six years in a row with 100 percent in-field placement in 2018. The College offers over 50 programs of study in some of the nation’s fastest-growing career fields including healthcare, energy, business and industry, and public or private service. Lanier Technical College is a Unit of the Technical College System of Georgia. For more information about Lanier Technical College, visit or phone 770-533-7000.