AMTA Announces Jerome Perlinski Teacher of the Year Award

The American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) is happy to announce that it has chosen Rick Garbowski of the Georgia Massage School as the recipient of the 2013 Jerome Perlinski Teacher of the Year Award.

This statement from the nomination of Garbowski for the award indicates some of the reasons he was chosen. “One of the key things that clearly illustrates to me his qualification for this award is his unique ability to find creative ways to simplify concepts and truly understand where the students are coming from when they ask questions. I have seen him repeatedly find new and innovative ways to revise long-established teaching principles and concepts in ways that are far more useful and viable for the students.”

Each year, AMTA presents this award to an instructor in an AMTA member school who demonstrates exceptional teaching abilities and commitment to high standards of education in massage therapy. The award is officially presented during the AMTA National Convention. The award honors the memory of Jerome Perlinski, an extraordinary educator and much loved leader.

Jerome Perlinski is remembered for his recognition of the gifts and talents of others and his ability to bring out their best. He was a widely experienced teacher and lecturer whose committed work helped raise training standards, improve teaching methods and educate massage practitioners about the importance of ethical, professional behaviors.

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