Garnto named state dual enrollment instructor of the year
by Emanuel County Live | March 31, 2011 9:24 am
Maxine Garnto was named Georgia’s Dual
Enrollment Instructor of the Year at a Technical College System of
Georgia banquet on March 16 at the Georgia International Convention
Center in Atlanta. Garnto is a Certified Nurse Aide instructor at
the Swainsboro campus of Southeastern Technical College.
“This was quite an honor and I feel very humbled that I was
chosen,” said Garnto.
High School Coordinators at each technical college in the state
wrote an essay nominating one instructor for the award, and TCSG
High School Initiative Coordinator Sheila Caldwell chose the
winner. Garnto was nominated by Kathryn Smith, one of Southeastern
Technical College’s High School Initiatives Coordinators.
“Mrs. Garnto is deserving of this award for many reasons,” said
Smith, “The reason that is the most obvious is her love for the
subject she teaches and the students she serves.
“I have had numerous students express their love and gratitude
towards Mrs. Garnto for the patience and understanding she
exhibited towards them in the classroom, some even expressing this
years after they completed her program.”
In addition to her Certified Nurse Aide courses, Garnto also
teaches Medical Terminology and Diet and Nutrition classes. Garnto
values the opportunity to make a difference in someone’s life,
whether they’re a high school or college student.
“I love a good challenge and working with the high school
students is that,” said Garnto, “I have a passion for nursing and
health, and I want these students to succeed in the medical
“She wants to ensure that all students are working to the best
of their ability, and she gives them numerous opportunities to
succeed,” added Smith, “She makes certain that students have an
ample understanding of the material, and is not satisfied with
‘just giving a student a passing grade.'”
Garnto has worked as a nurse for 35 years, serving the first 18
at Laurens Memorial Hospital and Fairview Hospital. She then worked
at Three Rivers Home Health Services, beginning in 1991, before
starting work as an adjunct for Southeastern Technical College in
2007. She became a full-time instructor the following year. Garnto
lives in Dublin her husband, Wendell.