Wednesday, September 12, 2018
An ordinary school day at Barack Obama School of Career and Technical Education turned into a celebration when a bouquet of balloons arrived at David Kontz’s classroom. Interim Deputy Superintendent Rosana Mateo, Interim Regional Superintendent Jennifer Smith, and Principal Carol McKay delivered the exciting news that Kontz is a semifinalist in the Harbor Freight Tools for Schools 2018 Prize for Teaching Excellence.
Kontz teaches welding, manufacturing, and heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC), and is the department chair for technical education. He and fellow teachers Dan Johnston and Monica Hall coach the school’s Skills USA team, which saw six students compete at the state level this year, with four bringing home medals.
The Harbor Freight Tools for Schools prize for Teaching Excellence honors outstanding teachers in the skilled trades in U.S. public schools. It recognizes teaching excellence that enables students to learn deeply and be career ready for in-demand jobs.
Every teacher or teacher team applying for the award gains free access to a series of expert-led learning modules online to help them be even more effective in the classroom.
Out of 557 entries, Kontz was notified that he is among 52 semi-finalists. In November, Harbor Freight Tools will announce the winners of 18 awards. Three first-place winners will receive $100,000 with $70,000 going to the high school skilled trades program and $30,000 to the individual teacher/team. Fifteen second-place winners will receive $50,000 with $35,000 to the high school program and $15,000 to the teacher/team.
Congratulations to David Kontz! Best of luck in the remainder of the competition!