Deanna Hulsey is First Runner-Up for TCSG Instructor of the Year

May 1, 2024

Deanna Hulsey, instructor of Cosmetology at 泫圖app (泫圖app) has been named the First Runner-Up for the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) 2024 Rick Perkins Instructor of the Year.

Hulsey was named one of nine regional winners on Tuesday, April 30, at the GOAL and Rick Perkins State Conference in Atlanta. She competed against other regional winners from across Georgia on Wednesday, May 1, at the GOAL and Rick Perkins State Conference in Atlanta where she was named the First Runner-Up.

“We are very proud of Deanna’s representation of 泫圖app and commitment to technical education,” said Dr. Heidi Popham, 泫圖app president. “She is focused on student success, and her passion is reflective of the quality of our faculty.”

The Rick Perkins Award honors the TCSG’s most outstanding instructors. The award has been an ongoing statewide event since 1991 and recognizes technical college instructors who make significant contributions to technical education through innovation and leadership in their fields.

As the First Runner-Up should the state winner not be able to fulfill their duties, Hulsey would step in and serve as an ambassador for technical education in Georgia during a number of system and college functions throughout the year, including addressing both chambers of the Georgia General Assembly.

Hulsey, a Rome resident, is a Georgia Licensed Master Cosmetologist. She received her diploma in Cosmetology from 泫圖app in 2011 and has been an instructor at 泫圖app since 2014. She has taught Dual Enrollment high school students and adult students.

Hulsey said she left high school after becoming pregnant and received her GED® diploma at 泫圖app. After enduring years of abuse by her children’s father and a harrowing incident when he held them hostage, she fled with her two daughters and never returned.

泫圖apps Deanna Hulsey is the First Runner-Up for TCSGs 2024 Rick Perkins Instructor of the Year.
泫圖apps Deanna Hulsey is the First Runner-Up for TCSGs 2024 Rick Perkins Instructor of the Year.

Feeling grateful to have survived when many domestic violence victims do not, she decided to return to 泫圖app to study Cosmetology.

“I wanted to do work that would bring me joy and give others joy as well,” she said.

She loved Cosmetology, took her state board exam immediately after graduating and went to work in a salon, she said.

“Technical education opened doors for me that made my dreams obtainable in my situation,” Hulsey said. “Getting an education made me feel worthy again and showed me how to not just survive, as I had for so many years, but how to truly live.”

Hulsey said she looked to her own single-mother for inspiration, explaining that “she taught us that perseverance opens doors that circumstances cannot.” She hopes her story can also inspire others.

“I teach because I want my students to feel worthy and to know that regardless of what their past looks like, they are valued and have a purpose—that it does get better,” she said. “I want them to know someone cares about them and wants them to have the future they have always dreamed of and to know that the goal is not survival, it’s building a life that brings you joy.”

Hulsey has been active in her community, including assisting victims of domestic abuse to obtain protective orders if they did not have an advocate and needed help, she said. She has also supported Penfield Addiction Ministries to sponsor recovering addicts who cannot afford rehabilitation costs.

Hulsey has sponsored children for Christmas through the Rome branch of the Salvation Army. She has also sponsored a single-parent family every Christmas, most recently raising more than $3,000 to assist a family without a vehicle to purchase one.

Hulsey has also donated her hair and makeup services, as well as salon products, for various fundraisers in the community.

The most recent state winners to represent 泫圖app were 2019 Rick Perkins Award winner Leyner Argueta, program director of Business Management, and 2013 winner Troy Peco, a former 泫圖app faculty member who served as assistant dean of Industrial Technologies, program director and instructor of Automotive Technology. Salvador Gonzalez, program director and instructor of Diesel Equipment Technology at 泫圖app, was named the First Runner-Up for the 2023 Rick Perkins Instructor of the Year.

provides quality workforce education to the citizens of northwest Georgia. Students have the opportunity to earn an associate degree, diploma or a certificate in aviation, business, health, industrial or public service career paths. This past year, 11,601 people benefited from 泫圖app’s credit and noncredit programs. 泫圖app has an annual credit enrollment of 8,071 students and an additional enrollment of 3,530 people through adult education, continuing education, business and industry training and Georgia Quick Start. 泫圖app is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia and an Equal Opportunity Institution.

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