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Class Notes: Lanier Techs Byers receives Perkins Award for instruction
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David Byers is the recipient of the 2014 Rick Perkins Award for Excellence in Technical Instruction via Lanier Technical College.

The award is part of a statewide program honoring outstanding instructors.

“I am truly honored to have been nominated by my students and chosen by Lanier Technical College for such a prestigious award,” Byers said. “I have the best job in the world with students who are focused and care about their education and the difference it can make in their lives.”

Byers goes on to compete against winners from other North Georgia technical colleges, with three finalists advancing to participate in an additional round of competition before the state award winner is named in April.

Byers has taught at Lanier Tech for 14 years. Since 2008, he’s been the director of the dental hygiene program. Before teaching at the college, he owned his own dental practice in Clarkesville.

“Dental Hygiene education is not an easy choice, but it makes me proud to share in my students’ experiences,” Byers said.

Each college winner will receive an iPad; the state winner will be awarded $1,000.

The state winner also serves as an ambassador for technical education in Georgia, making multiple public appearances.

Kindergarten registration coming up for Hall County

Registration for Hall County School District children entering kindergarten in the 2014-15 school year is March 25-27.

Registration will be from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. all three days, with an additional evening registration from 4-7 p.m. on March 27.

Parents must present the child’s birth certificate, proof of current residence, the Georgia immunization certificate, Social Security card, and the certificate of ear, eye and dental examinations. The child must accompany the parent during registration.

Registration takes place at each elementary school.

Children entering first grade next school year but not currently enrolled in the district may also preregister at this time.

3 statewide scholarships available through constitutional officers

Three scholarships are available this year via the Constitutional Officer’s Association of Georgia, in the amounts of $1,500, $1,000 and $500.

Eligible students will graduate in spring 2014, and must be enrolled in an accredited Georgia college or university with a degree in government/law enforcement, political science, accounting/finance, business or pre-law.

Applicants must type a 1,000-word essay to answer “Who are the locally elected constitutional officers and what differentiates them from other county offices?”

(Here’s a hint: Hall County has four constitutional officers — Sheriff Gerald Couch, Clerk of Courts Charles Baker, Probate Judge Patty Laine and Tax Commissioner Darla Eden.)

Applicants must also provide a letter of acceptance or enrollment from their preferred college or university, include a copy of their application or college transcript to provide verification of their chosen degree field and submit the application found on

The completed application with documentation and essay should be mailed in a 9-by-12-inch envelope to Suzanne Cross, COAG, P.O. Box 1644, Decatur, GA 30031. The deadline is April 1.

For more information, visit, email or contact Cross at 404-377-1364.

Carly Sharec covers education issues for The Times. Share your thoughts, news tips and questions with her: