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2019 Prize for Teaching Excellence

Honoring Outstanding U.S. Public High School Skilled Trades Teachers

$1 Million in Prize Awards

2019 Grand Prize Winners

2019 Prize Winners

Ken Cox

Automotive Technology

Redwood High School, CA

Eric Dyer

Agriculture Mechanics

Woodland Senior High School, CA

David Lilly

Automotive Technology

Portsmouth High School, NH

Troy Reichert

Industrial Technology

Guernsey-Sunrise Public High School, WY

Derek Rowe

Aviation Maintenance

McGavock High School, TN

Peter Wachtel

Product Innovation and Architecture

Adolfo Camarillo High School, CA

Baxter Weed

Automotive Technology

Cold Hollow Career Center, VT

2019 Finalists

Thomas Aubin


Clinton-Essex-Warren-Washington Board of Cooperative Educational Services, NY

Andrew Bias

Industrial Technology

Folsom High School, CA

Roy Campbell

Agriculture Mechanics

Derry High School, PA

Robert Caylor, Scott Pfaff

Automotive Service Technician

Gulfport High School, MS

Francis Carlson

Cabinet Making and Millwork

Bonners Ferry High School, ID

Anthony Christian

Manufacturing and Engineering

Arrowhead Union High School, WI

Eric Fisher

Industrial Technology

Hamilton Heights High School, IN

David Gibson

Precision Metal Manufacturing

Caprock High School, TX

J. Heather Handler

Manufacturing and Machining

Mount Pleasant High School, DE

Coley Hanes

Agriculture Construction and Small Engines

Schuyler R-1 Schools, MO

Adam Irwin, Nate Burton

Building Trades and Electrical Technology

Portage Lakes Career Center, OH

Beth James

Vocational Agriculture

Cory-Rawson High School, OH

Blair Jensen

Welding and Agriculture Mechanics

Jordan Academy for Technology and Careers, UT

David Kontz

HVAC and Welding

Barack Obama School of Career and Technical Education, WI

Stephen Marsh

Manufacturing and Welding

Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo High School, CA

Mark Meyer

Industrial/Agricultural Education

Marion High School, KS

David Moye

Automotive Maintenance and Light Repair

Lyman High School, FL

Jared Monroe

Automotive Technology

Columbia Area Career Center, MO

Morgan Perry

Agriculture Mechanics

Bear River High School, CA

Brian Sheward

Welding and Fabrication

Springfield-Clark Career Technology Center, OH

Chad Sutton

Construction and Manufacturing

Garrett High School, IN

Jeremy Tarbet

Automotive Technology

Canyon del Oro High School, AZ

Michael Towne

Electrical Wiring and Construction

Dr. James A. Forrest Career and Technology Center, MD

Brent Tuttle


La Mirada High School, CA

Mark Valchine II


Pioneer High School, MI

Wayne Violet

Automotive Technology

Washington County Technical High School, MD

Adam Wallingford


Mason County Career Magnet School, KY

Jeff Webb, Youko Peterson, Jennifer Mason


Southern Michigan Center for Science and Industry, MI

Chris Weeks

Construction Management

Bentonville High School, AR

Demetrius Wilson

Mechatronics and Manufacturing

Oakland Schools Technical Campus Northeast, MIĀ 

Kathryn Worley

Advanced Manufacturing and Woodworking

West Hills High School, CA

Jarred Wyatt

Industrial Equipment Maintenance

Siloam Springs High School, AR

2019 Final Round Judges

Dan Belcher

Director of Workforce Development

National Center for Construction Education and Research; Build Your Future

Elyse Burden


Real World Scholars

Dr. Andrew J. Neumann

2018 Grand Prize Winner

Sarah Heath

Associate Provost

Colorado Community College System

Dr. Terry Holliday

Board Chairman

National Board for Professional Teaching Standards

John Kobara


California Community Foundation

Kayleen McCabe

Contractor, TV Host, Advocate for Trades Education

McCabe Foundation

Ivana Nunez

Electrical Teacher

Queens Vocational and Technical High School (NY)

Phenna Petty

Career Technical and Agriculture (CTAE) Director (Retired)

Murray County (GA) Schools

Miguel Santana

President and CEO


Anne Stanton


Linked Learning Alliance

Nancy Trivette

President (2019-2020)

Association of Career and Technical Education (ACTE)

Cheri Walsh

Executive Director

Exploring the Arts

2019 Round 2 Judges

Matthew Barbercheck

2018 Prize Winner

Kimberly Bertocci

National Education Association

Sarah Burtner

CA Department of Finance

Joe Campbell

Glendale High School (CA)

Gerald Chaleff

Los Angeles Police Department (Ret.)

Lesford Dixon

2018 Prize Winner

Shaun Dougherty

Vanderbilt University

Matt Erbach

2018 Prize Winner

Matthew Fieldman

The Manufacturing Advocacy and Growth Network (MAGNET)

Kathy Goodacre

Sonoma County CTE Foundation

Montez King

The National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS)

Anita Landecker


Robert Leiby

2018 Prize Winner

Joseph Lumarda

Capital Group

Ron Martinez

2018 Prize Winner

Joshua Overman

2018 Prize Winner

Steve Rothenberg

Concord Regional Technical Center (NH)

Cameron Sublett


Jerry Webb

2018 Prize Winner

Kim Yamasaki

Center for Asian Americans United for Self-Empowerment (CAUSE)

2019 Round 1 Judges

A special thanks to our colleagues at the Association of Career and Technical Education (ACTE) for their stewardship of this Round.