Gwinnett Technical College Names Melanie Prasad-Dehaney 2017 Adjunct of the Year

GWINNETT – NORTH FULTON – Melanie Prasad-Dehaney has always loved being in school and continuing her education. In college and through her work, she gravitated towards any opportunity to "teach" by way of facilitating groups, large and small on a variety of topics and with diverse populations. "I enjoy the dynamic, multi-directional, interactive learning that takes place in the classroom, teacher-to-student, student-to-teacher, and my favorite – student- to-student," states Prasad-Dehaney.

Prasad-Dehaney has lived and worked in Gwinnett County for over 12 years. Her teaching philosophy is Learn, Grow, Transform! Wherever students are in their academic and personal development, her intention is for them to experience the material in a way that opens up possibilities for them in class and beyond.

"I wanted to invest in my community and be part of preparing students for the workforce. Before coming to Gwinnett Tech, I was impressed with how engaged Gwinnett Tech is with the business community, understanding and meeting their needs and the continued development of relevant programs, courses and resources for students. I continue to be impressed with the leadership and staff who are constantly working to make Gwinnett Tech a leader in education!"

Joanna Key, psychology program director, nominated Prasad-Dehaney for the 2017 Adjunct of the Year, stating "Melanie has been an integral part of the decision-making process for curriculum used in psychology courses to enhance online learning here at Gwinnett Tech. Not only is Melanie reliable and dependable, she is an asset to our team, a wonderful instructor who cares about her students and one who goes above and beyond to make sure her classes are organized and successful."

Being selected as the 2017 Adjunct of the Year is a great honor, however it goes beyond that. "What I have learned as an adjunct at Gwinnett Tech is that being able to nurture and be a part of students’ learning and development is even more rewarding than I could have imagined. It has become a key part of my motivation and inspiration," states Prasad-Dehaney.

Prasad-Dehaney knew that Gwinnett Tech was a place where she could be a part of a great community of educators and be able to do what she loved, teach psychology and encourage students to apply the material to their personal and professional lives in a way that furthers their growth and development.

Prasad-Dehaney earned her Master of Science in Developmental Psychology from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland and her Bachelors of Arts, in Psychology and Health Studies from Queens University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. Prasad-Dehaney teaches psychology and human development at Gwinnett Tech and has a private health and wellness coaching practice, Design It...Live It.