Meet last year’s winners

Bob Kilmer

Architecture & Construction

Enumclaw High School
Enumclaw, WA
Bob Kilmer
Bob Kilmer has been a skilled trades teacher in the state of Washington for 32 years. He currently teaches construction, architecture, woodworking and computer-aided design at Enumclaw High School in Enumclaw, Washington. He also serves as an instructional technology coach for the Enumclaw School District. Over the years, Kilmer has previously taught classes in Leadership, Workplace Science, Math, Computer Repair and Welding, as well as serving as the CTE Department Chairman, head wrestling coach and head golf coach.

Work in the trades was a family affair, Kilmer said, for his grandfather owned a construction company where he worked summers starting in seventh grade.

Students at Enumclaw High School begin to explore their future interests in a year-long Career Exploration course, where they take mini-units of Digital Media, Technology, Computer Aided Design and Woodworking. Those with interest in the trades can continue their study with Mr. Kilmer in Woodworking and Computer-Aided Design courses, and deepen their knowledge in a third year course in Architecture

Brendan Malone

Marine Systems Technology

Urban Assembly New York Harbor School, NY
Brendan Malone

Brendan Malone has been a marine trades teacher for 17 years. Prior to entering teaching, he ran his own marine systems company for 15 years, then worked at New York City’s South Street Seaport Museum as a shipwright and the waterfront foreman, entrusted with heading up the maintenance and restoration of the museum’s fleet of historic vessels.


Malone’s own experiences as a marine trades student inform his teaching. He attended The Sound School in New Haven, CT, a marine trades high school that fostered in him a love of boats and the confidence that comes from mastery of real-world skills. Malone says of this experience, “I acquired not only technical skills that made me employable, but also the confidence that I could find a solution to just about any problem, if I really applied myself. I am a certified Marine Systems Technician with a hundred-ton United States Coast Guard Captain’s license, but more important than any license or certification are the experiences and skills that our program at Harbor School can pass on to empower students.”


The Marine Systems Technology program at the Urban Assembly New York Harbor School prepares students to work in a career building, maintaining, and repairing boats. Students in the program must demonstrate mastery across a broad field of trades: woodworking, engine maintenance, metalworking and welding, composites, electrical, plumbing and sanitation, heating and cooling, among others.

Jonathan Schwartz

Manufacturing, Construction and Math

Colfax High School, CA
Jonathan Schwartz

Jonathan Schwartz teaches math, engineering, and computer-integrated manufacturing at Colfax High School. After years of owning his own construction company, he began teaching math at Colfax. When he learned that the woodshop teacher was retiring and the shop was in danger of closing, he took over the construction program because he knew the value of hands-on learning. When the drafting program faced the same fate, he took over those classes and created a new program that combined drafting, woodshop, and advanced manufacturing. Under his leadership, the program has flourished, and is now known as Pre-Engineering.

Schwartz’s students use software to design wood projects, then build those projects with traditional shop tools, CNC equipment, 3D printers, and laser cutters. In this program, students start with an introduction to design and building, then complete an engineering class where they design wood products and build them in the shop. The third course is Computer Integrated Manufacturing, where students use computer controlled machines to design and build projects — again, all in wood. In their final capstone course, his students work with a mentor, pick a large project and spend the year building it. These classes articulate seamlessly with those offered at the local community college.

Roxanne Amiot

Roxanne Amiot

Automotive

Bullard-Havents Technical High School
Bridgeport, CT
Gerald “Dave” Huffman & Patrick Wadsworth

Gerald “Dave” Huffman & Patrick Wadsworth

Construction Technology, STEM, Technical Writing

Gulfport High School, Gulfport, MS
Ed Hughes

Ed Hughes

Technology Education

Sheboygan Falls High School
Sheboygan, WI
Scott Mayotte

Scott Mayotte

Automotive Technology

Concord Regional Technical Center
Concord, NH
Cole Smith & Bill Hartman

Cole Smith & Bill Hartman

Construction, Woodworking & Design

Rancho Cotate High School
Rohnert Park, CA
Robert David White

Robert David White

Automotive Technology

Parkside High School
Salisbury, MD
Randy Williamson

Randy Williamson

Construction Trades

Williamsport Area High School
Williamsport, PA

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