SkillsUSA Finalists for the Harbor Freight Tools for Schools Prize for Teaching Excellence
Twenty-three SkillsUSA instructors are among 61 teachers from across the country who have been named as finalists for the Harbor Freight Tools for Schools Prize for Teaching Excellence. The teachers were selected by an independent panel of judges from a field of more than 700 applicants. Their high school trades programs are in the running for a share of $1 million in total cash awards.
To see all of the finalists, go to: https://harborfreighttoolsforschools.org/what-we-do/prize-for-teaching-excellence/2021-prize/.
Winners will be announced in late October. The SkillsUSA finalists include:
- Alabama: Jessica Bowlin, Auburn High School (construction technology).
- Arizona: Jeremy Tarbet, Canyon del Oro High School (automotive technology).
- California: Nicholas Jordan, Montecito High School (construction).
- Colorado: Glenn Harrison, Martin Luther King Early College (manufacturing).
- Florida: David Moye, Lyman High School (automotive maintenance and light repair).
- Georgia: Dave Darden, Cedar Shoals High School (automotive technology); Jody Kemp, Peach County High School (agricultural mechanics); Rodney Presley, Lanier College & Career Academy (HVACR).
- Illinois: Matthew Kasten, Capital Area Career Center (welding).
- Kansas: Don Stock, Wichita North High School (automotive technology).
- Mississippi: Kristie Jones, Franklin County Career and Technical Center (construction and carpentry).
- Missouri: Lee Caughron, Grand River Technical School (welding).
- New York: Brian McDonnell, GST BOCES Coopers Education Center (automotive collision repair); John Stratton, Oneida-Herkimer-Madison BOCES (automotive technology).
- Ohio: Jeffrey Bertke, Upper Valley Career Center (electrical trades).
- Oklahoma: Coty Green, Chrisholm Trail Tech Center (automotive technology); Robbie Wise, Tulsa Technology Center (aviation maintenance technology).
- Texas: Dallas Bergstrom, Miller Career & Technology Center (manufacturing and mechatronics).
- Utah: Jay Hales, Riverton High School (automotive technology); Blair Jensen, Jordan Academy for Technology & Careers – South (welding).
- Virginia: Derek Wray, Salem High School (automotive and diesel technology).
- Washington: Richie del Puerto, Sno-Isle TECH Skills Center (automotive technology).
- Wisconsin: Jay Abitz, Freedom High School (automotive and collision repair).