JC Character Educator of the Year


Nerphrita Norris is the 2018-2019 Georgia Military College Character Educator of the Year. Norris is a first-generation college graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Delaware State University. She also earned a Master’s degree in Education Management from Strayer University. Norris has years of experience working with youth and adolescents with various non-profit organizations, and in daycares, high schools, and now at the college level. In 2012 Norris joined the GMC-Fairburn campus as an Advisor. She then transitioned into the classroom teaching a College Success Course, and eventually became a full-time faculty member and First Year Experience Department Chair.

“I was filled with gratitude when I found out I’d been nominated and selected as the Character Educator of the year,” Norris said. “I’m so grateful to GMC-Fairburn and the institution-wide team, past and present, for teaching, supporting, and encouraging me to be the best me I can be. GMC’s mission and the opportunities it provides to students caught my heart. The best part of my position is interacting with the students and teaching a course with content that I know can make all the difference for them in their walk through their college experience. GMC enables me to walk in my purpose to bless and support others to find and walk in theirs.”

Brigadier General Rock Donahue, Executive Director of GMC-Fairburn, says Norris is a great role model for the campus’ students.

“Nerphrita Norris is a poised and proficient professional, and inspired servant leader of character who always creates a learning environment enabling student success that is underscored by pride, self-improvement, and accomplishment,” Donahue said. “She shines brightly in a constellation of exceedingly talented faculty at Georgia Military College. All of us at team Fairburn are extraordinarily proud of her recognition as GMC’s Character Educator of the Year.”