Tennessee Technology Center-Dickson instructor Sarah Durham has been honored as one of the top five technical education instructors in the nation. The American Technical Education Association honored Durham and others at its annual meeting recently in Chattanooga. Durham has been a Business Systems Technology and Technology Foundations instructor at TTC-Dickson for 16 years. She also is the lead instructor in the school’s Leadership Academy in which area businesses and industries receive training in team building and conflict resolution as well as other areas. She is a founding instructor for the Tennessee Board of Regents’ online training programs and for the past 10 years has been teaching online students across the state in Microsoft Excel. She is a course developer for the Regents Online Campus Collaborative and mentor for online instructors. Durham earned her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a Master’s Degree in curriculum and instructional technology from Austin Peay State University. She is a past winner of the Dickson High Noon Rotary Club’s Vocational Service Award and a chapter advisor for the National Technical Honor Society at the center. TTC-Dickson Director Mark Powers nominated Durham for the award, saying she “approaches the task of educating our students and other faculty with passion and conviction” and her “impact on the lives of countless students, faculty and business associates has been and continues to be immeasurable.” Durham said,” I am honored to have even been nominated for this prestigious national award. It was my privilege to represent our school in such an honorable way.” TTC-Dickson is one of 27 technology centers governed by the Tennessee Board of Regents and serves students in Dickson and seven surrounding counties with 20 full-time and special industry programs at campuses in Dickson, Ashland City, Clarksville and Franklin.