The JPVBCA held its second annual instructor training and luncheon with more than 70 instructors attending this one-day event. Seasoned and new instructors were treated to a day of learning presented by the Dale Carnegie Training.
In addition, a few of our many extraordinary instructors were honored. DHCD Deputy Director of Building and Fire Regulations Emory Rodgers presented awards to the JPVBCA Locality of the Year, Rookie Instructor of the Year and Instructor of the Year.
On behalf of the city of Chesapeake, Dominique Gunsel accepted the Locality of the Year award. The locality runs a well-organized and timely program ensuring that all local staff obtain their initial certifications and meet all ongoing maintenance requirements. In addition, they are responsive to addressing issues necessary for complying with the certification standards. It is a pleasure to work with Chesapeake and their training coordinator, Dominique Gunsel.
John Hudgins, a plumbing and mechanical inspector from Chesterfield County, received Rookie Inspector of the Year. It can be nerve-racking stepping onto the platform when you are a new instructor, however, you would not know it if you sat in the mechanical inspection class with John Hudgins. Hudgins is engaging, informative and a conveyor of valuable and meaningful information students find beneficial. He has been with the academy for only a year, but he already possesses skills and the attitude of a seasoned instructor.
The Jack A. Proctor Virginia Building Code Academy is fortunate to have many outstanding instructors possessing the skills and attitude we look for in our lead instructors. Vernell Woods was recognized as the 2013 Instructor of the Year. Instructing since 2004, Woods, a deputy building official for the city of Norfolk, continuously demonstrates his commitment and dedication to the academy. On the top of the list is his participation in curriculum development, platform instruction and apprentice mentorship. Always willing to help on any instructional team, Woods never refuses to join or work with a new team. He is always ready for a challenge, stretching his comfort level by working on curriculum development he is not as comfortable with, and he comes prepared for anything, bringing his own equipment in case ours failed. In addition, he demonstrates his commitment though his ongoing availability to the students before, during and after class. Woods also mentors new instructors through the apprentice process, working one-on-one to promote new instructor development. Outside of the academy, he is active on the code development process, as well as serving as past-president of the Virginia Building Officials Association.