A Carson Middle School teacher and the Lanier Middle School technology education program have been cited by the Virginia Technology and Engineering Education Association (VTEA) for excellence in technology education.
Technology education teacher Garrett Evans of Carson Middle School received the 2011 Virginia Middle School Technology Education Teacher of the Year award and Lanier Middle won the 2011 Program of the Year award for its technology education program. Lanierâ€™s program is taught by Robert Dâ€™Souza.
Evans, who has taught at Carson for six years and has 15 years of experience as a technology teacher, was recognized for providing learner-centered education to his students. In his seventh grade Inventions and Innovations class, Evans has created a synergistic module laboratory where 16 different stations are used simultaneously.
Students explore rocketry and space, electricity, small engines, flight technology, lights and lasers, computer graphics and animation, robotics, and audio broadcasting — among others — and work with a variety of partners as they learn the subject matter. Evans encourages his students to work with each other to discover the answers to the problems presented in class, urging them to review and to use reference books or the Internet.
The Lanier Middle School program was recognized for providing engaging, interactive learning for all students and for sparking an interest in careers in technology and engineering among students. Dâ€™Souzaâ€™s ability to challenge students while using â€œan engaging and motivational approach to teachingâ€ is cited by one parent as the reason for her childâ€™s continued appreciation for the subject.
Dâ€™Souzaâ€™s interest in and enthusiasm for the material in Technology Exploration classes are passed along to his seventh and eighth grade students, who appreciate his ability to build on their strengths while they learn about nanotechnology, hybrid and electric vehicles, and light-emitting diode (LED) technology.
The awards are sponsored by VTEA and were presented at the groupâ€™s summer conference. Evans will receive the International Technology and Engineering Education Associationâ€™s (ITEA) Teacher Excellence Award and Lanier will receive the ITEA Program of Excellence Award next March.