CDP names Rick Searcy 2013 Instructor of the Year

Rick Searcy of the Center for Domestic Preparedness was recently named its 2013 Instructor of the Year for his diverse knowledge and ability to connect with students.

Searcy had a significant career as a deputy in Cleburne County, Alabama, before teaching at CDP. He began his career as reserve deputy in 1984 and worked his way towards chief deputy, a position he held for eight years. Searcy brought this experience to the classroom when he began teaching at CDP in 2003, and has been praised as a great instructor ever since.

"I love teaching," Searcy said. "There's nothing like it. You're not really teaching. You are just working with the classes. It is an exchange of information."

Searcy was also named Instructor of the Quarter the first quarter of 2013. He was named 2013 Instructor of the Year for his versatility and dependability.

"A recipient of the Instructor of the Year award is not only an excellent teacher, but one who is considered a well-rounded employee that is dependable, flexible with change, professionally credible, versatile with skills and involved with our Training Program as a whole," Stephanie McLendon, professional standards manager in charge of the awards program, said.

Searcy teaches five of seven courses offered by CDP and brings his life experience to the classroom. He has real-life experience with the subjects he teaches and believes if he can connect with the students and really teach them something, it may one day save their lives in the field.

"If they only learn one thing that helps them recognize a danger that they normally wouldn't have and could potentially save their lives, I'd be happy," Searcy said.