General Education
Ogeechee Technical College
   
 

Meet the Faculty

Psychology & Sociology


Koren Tonkin

Psychology Instructor

Office: Rm 520
Joseph E. Kennedy Bldg.
912.681.5502
krichard@ogeecheetech.edu

Koren Tonkin began teaching at Ogeechee Technical College in 2012 as an adjunct Psychology Instructor. She joined the OTC family full time in January of 2014. Koren received her Bachelor of Science degree in English Education from West Chester University of Pennsylvania and her Master of Science degree in Psychology from Georgia Southern University. Koren has worked both in public and private mental health settings in addition to teaching psychology. Prior to teaching at Ogeechee Technical College, she taught high school English in Savannah for 15 years.

Literature & Humanities


Pat Murphey

English Instructor

Office: Rm 1226
Natural Resources Bldg.
912.486.7626
pmurphy@ogeecheetech.edu

Pat Murphey has been teaching at Ogeechee Tech since January, 2008. Before coming to OTC, he taught at Georgia Southern for 13 years. He began his professional life at Delta Air Lines, where he worked for 17 years.

Mr. Murphey received his B.A. in English from Georgia Southern in 1975 and his M.A. in English in 1995.


John Groover

English Instructor

Office: Rm 1228
Natural Resources Bldg.
912.486.7602
jgroover@ogeecheetech.edu

John is a native of Statesboro (GA) but has also lived in Florida, Illinois, and Missouri. After working with both high school and university students for 17 years, John came to Ogeechee Tech in 1993. Even though he began college in Missouri, he earned his degrees at Georgia Southern University. He was selected as the Technical College Instructor of the Year for the State of Georgia in 1999. Active in the community, John has won both service and leadership awards for his dedication to organizations such as Bulloch County’s American Cancer Society “Relay for Life” and the Averitt Center for the Arts.

English & Speech


Victoria Ruiz

English Instructor

Office: Rm 1224
Natural Resources Bldg.
912.486.7793
vruiz@ogeecheetech.edu

She has a degree in English and Modern Foreign Languages from Georgia Southern University and a Master of Arts in English from the University of Tennessee.
Victoria began her journey at Ogeechee Technical College as a Peer Tutor in the Academic Enrichment Center. In 2017, she joined the faculty as a full-time English instructor. She teaches diploma and degree-level English classes as well as College & Career Success Skills.


Matthew Gainous

English Instructor

Office: Rm 1305
Natural Resources Bldg.
912.486.7400
mgainous@ogeecheetech.edu

Matthew Gainous began teaching at Ogeechee Technical College in 2000. He teaches English and Reading for degree, diploma, and learning support students. Matthew holds a Master's of Education in English and a Bachelor of Arts in English, both from Georgia Southern University. He is the chairperson for the Ogeechee Tech American Diabetes Association Committee and has also served on numerous campus committees. In June 2008, Matthew was chosen as Ogeechee Technical College's Instructor of the Year for 2008-2009, and in February 2011, he was chosen as the recipient of the Dorothy Golden Award for Excellence in Teaching Composition at the Georgia Southern University Student Success in Writing Conference in Savannah, GA.

Biology & Chemistry


Crystal Ivey

Biology Instructor

Office: Rm 956
Health Science North Bldg.
912.486.7613
civey@ogeecheetech.edu

Crystal grew up in the beautiful golden isles of Brunswick, GA. She started college in 2009 at Georgia Southern University where she was awarded her bachelor of sciences in biology in 2013 and her masters in 2015 where she focused her studies on molecular biology. During her master’s program, she was involved in the Molecular Biology Initiative Program whose aim was to bring molecular biology to the high school classroom. Crystal also expanded her education into the clinical side of biology and obtained a second bachelor degree in medical technology.  Previously, Crystal has taught at Georgia Southern University, Armstrong State University, and Effingham County High school. Crystal has called Ogeechee Technical College home since January 2017.

Mathematics


Laurie Muldrew

Mathematics Instructor

Office: Rm 1307
Natural Resources Bldg.
912.486.7606
lmuldrew@ogeecheetech.edu

I am a Bulloch county native and a graduate of Georgia Southern University.  After finishing with a bachelor’s degree, I began working with my family’s retail business, L.A. Waters Furniture.  While working on the sales floor, I began coursework for my master’s degree in mathematics.

In 1991 with three years of retail experience, I began teaching math at the relatively new technical college, Ogeechee Technical Institute.  I enjoyed teaching during the day and completing my master’s degree requirements at GSU during the evening.  At the time, many of my students were also balancing work and school schedules, so I was able to relate to their challenges.

With the birth of first of three children, I left OTC to care for my family.  In 2012, I returned to teach at OTC as an adjunct professor until 2015 when I began working as a full-time instructor in the public school system.  When OTC had a full-time opening, I gladly returned in 2017.

I am happily married to Michael, and we have three wonderful children:  Daniel, Joseph and Kate.  In my free time, I enjoy riding horses and playing tennis.

 


Emily Phillips

Mathematics Instructor

Office: Rm 519
Health Science South Bldg.
912.681.5630
ephillips@ogeecheetech.edu

Mrs. Phillips began teaching at Ogeechee Technical College in 2002 as an adjunct Mathematics instructor and joined Ogeechee Technical College as a full time instructor in July of 2003. She teaches Mathematics for degree, diploma, and learning support students. Mrs. Phillips holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from Georgia Southern University and a Master of Science degree in Applied Mathematics from Georgia Southern University. She is married with three children.


Susan Pope

Mathematics Instructor

Office: Rm 1315
Natural Resources Bldg.
912.486.7612
spope@ogeecheetech.edu

Susan began teaching at Ogeechee Technical College in July 2003. She teaches Math for degree, diploma, and learning support students. Susan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from Georgia Southern University and a Master’s of Science in Applied Mathematics from Georgia Southern University. She has been nominated for Instructor of the Year for each year that she has taught and has been selected for three years, 2008 and 2009, and 2012 as a finalist for Instructor of the Year. She was chosen to attend the Lighthouse Institute in 2006. She is a member of the Statesboro Service League and Phi Mu Alumni. Susan is married and has two boys.

 

 
 
   

General Education Areas


American Literature
Art
Biology
College Success and Survival Skills
Economics
English
Job Acquisition Skills

 

Mathematics
Music
Psychology
Reading
Sociology
Speech


General Education Purpose Statement


The general education program at Ogeechee Technical College is designed to ensure that students learn to think logically, critically, and creatively, communicate clearly and effectively, and develop skills, values, and attitudes essential to living meaningful and responsible lives.

 

General Education Goals


  1. To enhance the ability of students to effectively convey and receive information at the college level of competence;

  2. To promote an understanding of ethical issues implicit in their personal behavior and in the operation of political, social, and economic institutions;

  3. To promote an understanding of the forces that have influenced the development of social, governmental, political, and/or economic foundations;

  4. To develop the ability of students to understand and apply mathematical abstraction;

  5. To enhance the ability of students to integrate new information with previously acquired information to solve problems;

  6. To enhance the awareness of students of the cultural heritage of humans;

  7. To enhance the appreciation and understanding of the nature and value of the fine arts;

  8. To develop the computer skills of students so that they may use computers and related technology for communicating, researching, organizing, storing, accessing, and presenting information.

 

General Education Courses


ARTS 1101 - Art Appreciation
BIOL 1111 - Biology I
BIOL 1111L - Biology Lab I
BIOL 1112 - Biology II
BIOL 1112L - Biology Lab II
BIOL 2113 - Anatomy and Physiology I
BIOL 2113L - Anatomy and Physiology Lab I
BIOL 2114 - Anatomy and Physiology II
BIOL 2114L - Anatomy and Physiology Lab II
BIOL 2117 - Introductory Microbiology
BIOL 2117L - Introductory Microbiology Lab
CHEM 1211 - Chemistry I
CHEM 1211L - Chemistry Lab I
CHEM 1212 - Chemistry II
CHEM 1212L - Chemistry Lab II
COLL 1010 - College and Career Success Skills
ECON 1101 - Principles of Economics
ECON 2105 - Macroeconomics
EMPL 1000 - Interpersonal Relations and
Professional Development
ENGL 0090 - Learning Support English
ENGL 1010 - Fundamentals of English I
ENGL 1101 - Composition and Rhetoric
ENGL 1102 - Literature and Composition
ENGL 2110 - World Literature
ENGL 2130 - American Literature

 

HIST 1111 - World History I
HIST 1112 - World History II
HIST 2111 - U.S. History I
HIST 2112 - U.S. History II
HUMN 1101 - Introduction to Humanities
MATH 0090 - Learning Support Math
MATH 1011 - Business Math
MATH 1012 - Foundations of Mathematics
MATH 1015 - Geometry and Trigonometry
MATH 1103 - Quantitative Skills and Reasoning
MATH 1101 - Mathematical Modeling
MATH 1111 - College Algebra
MATH 1112 - College Trigonometry
MATH 1113 - Pre-calculus
MATH 1127 - Introduction to Statistics
MUSC 1101 - Music Appreciation
PHYS 1110 - Conceptual Physics
PHYS 1110L - Conceptual Physics Lab
PHYS 1111 - Introductory Physics I
PHYS 1111L - Introductory Physics Lab I
PHYS 1112 - Introductory Physics II
PHYS 1112L - Introductory Physics Lab II
PSYC 1010 - Basic Psychology
PSYC 1101 - Introductory Psychology
SOCI 1101 - Introduction to Sociology
SPCH 1101 - Public Speaking

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