TEAI Award Recipients - 2018

Congratulations to 2018 Technology Education Association of Illinois (TEAI) Award Recipients!

Several Illinois PLTW teachers and school programs were among those recognized at the November 2-3, 2018 Statewide ITEC Conference:

  • TEAI/ITEEA New Teacher of the Year - Brock Keller, Normal Community HS
  • After serving in the US Marine Corps and as a youth interventionist for McLean County, Brock Keller now teachers Project Lead The Way, Geometry in Construction, Metalworking, Manufacturing technology, and Cabinetmaking.

  • TEAI/ITEEA Middle School Program of the Year - Belvidere Central MS

    Don Ahlberg, Colleen Griffith, and Laura Vidales have created real-world experiences for 6th-8th grade students, showing them how their future chosen careers may look through 6 different PLTW Gateway courses. The department has added an 8th grade course where students are challenged to create both a MASH unit to treat and house lost pets, and an app that reunites lost pets to owners during a natural disaster, building on multiple skills learned in earlier Gateway units. The faculty have created an after-school robotics club, have added 3-D equipment to classrooms, and received a grant for a drone project.

  • TEAI/ITEEA High School Teacher of the Year - Matthew Sullivan, Lake Park HS

    Matthew teaches Project Lead The Way, manual machining, and CNC machining courses at Lake Park High School. He started a VEX Robotics club which has grown from 6 to 45 students in just three years. He helped to establish and serves as co-chair of the Chicagoland area TMS roundtable for high school and college manufacturing educators. Matt’s efforts to develop an annual LPHS job fair and to involve students in TMA Precision Machining competitions and industry training opportunities have paid off. “My greatest accomplishment is to see recent graduates become machinists at local companies.”

  • TEAI/ITEEA High School Program of the Year - Buffalo Grove High School/District 214

    With District 214’s adoption of Redefining Ready, Buffalo Grove has expanded its catalog of course and certificate offerings to students in PLTW Engineering, IT, Graphics, Media Broadcasting, NATEF Automotive, and NIMS-aligned Manufacturing career pathways. Community outreach projects include building a house for a wounded veteran, participation in SuperMileage vehicle competitions and annual Robot Rumble, and development of promotional materials for the school and fine arts departments. Electives Day field trips and STEM Next Generation of Engineers activities expose 6th-8th grade students from feeder middle schools to a wide variety of  STEM fields.

  • TEAI/ITEEA Administrator of the Year - Chris Kendall, PERFECT

    Chris has served as System Director for the Peoria Educational Region for Employment and Career Training (PERFECT) since 2011. His prior experience in the Ag Ed classroom and FFA advising, along with this current IACTE and ACTE leadership activities, has reinforced his strong belief in the profound impact that career and technical education has on students. “CTE gives students a taste of a wide array of career paths and lets them explore what might best fit their career interests upon HS graduation. It is this work I find most gratifying.”

  • TEAI Considine "Big Thinker" Award - Don Whitman, Normal Community HS

    Don Whitman is technology department chair at Normal Community High School, where he teaches PLTW courses and leads a student Tech Club which has been active in Max’s Miles Foundation projects to adapt toys to help children with mobility problems and other community collaboration and design competition projects. Don has served as a PLTW IED Master Teacher, sharing expertise with teachers around the state and across the country. He is currently President of TEAI, spearheading the 25th ITEC Conference planning.

  • Friend of IDEA Award - Mark Anderson, Bloomington Area Career Center (retired)

    Mark Anderson is retired from teaching PLTW Intro to Engineering Design and Civil Engineering and Architecture classes for many years at Bloomington Area Career Center. At the Center, he led many community outreach projects and his students were active participants in IDEA and SKILLS competitions.  He has volunteered tirelessly on behalf of the IDEA organization for many years.