Top tech teacher nominees sought

February is National Career and Technical Education Career month and Lakeshore Technical College will be recognizing the top educators in career and technical education in Manitowoc and Sheboygan counties with the third annual Top Tech Award.

Awards will be given to middle and high school teachers, counselors or administrators who inspire innovation and work to promote career and technical education.

The deadline to nominate an educator, counselor, administrator, principal or superintendent or any other middle or high school staff member for LTC’s Top Tech Award is Jan. 16, 2015.

Career and technical education prepares people for specific trades, crafts and careers or a professional position in fields such as engineering, accounting, nursing, health, and agriculture as well as many other fields.

From business education instructors to counselors, to principals or support staff, the Top Tech Awards celebrate those who are making a difference for students in the area of career and technical education.

“Career and technical education has never been more important than it is right now,” said Dr. Michael Lanser, LTC president. “This is a great opportunity for students, parents, colleagues, and administrators to recognize a teacher who has made a difference in career and technical education at the middle school or high school level.”

The Top Tech awards will be presented at a reception for middle school and high school administrators, counselors and teachers on Feb. 4, 2015 at the Lakeshore Culinary Institute in Sheboygan.

Last year’s winners were Rick Conrad from Manitowoc Lincoln High School, Marcy Kuhn and Amber Brewer from Mishicot High School and Mishicot Middle School, Terry Hendrikse from Oostburg High School and Connie Lund from Plymouth High School.

Conrad was nominated for his role in coordinating Manitowoc Lincoln High School’s Youth Apprenticeship program while Kuhn and Brewer were nominated for their leadership, tenacity and passion for students’ post-secondary success at both Mishicot High School and Mishicot Middle School.

Hendriske was nominated for his dedication to students, expanding his physics and science courses to include medical terminology, engineering concepts, microprocessor education and programming and Lund was nominated for her innovative ways to promote student interest and involvement in culinary arts.

All nominees must be middle or high school staff members serving students in grades 6-12.

Nominees should also demonstrate innovation in promotion of career and technical education, mentor and inspire students to uncover and pursue their career passions and participate in outreach activities.

Nominations can be made through the Lakeshore Technical College website at Top-Tech.

For more information, contact Julie Mirecki at 920.693.1193 or

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