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Sheboygan Falls teacher named finalist for Harbor Freight Tools for Schools Teaching Prize

A Sheboygan Falls High School construction and technology education teacher was named today one of 10 finalists for the 2017 Harbor Freight Tools for Schools Prize for Teaching Excellence, which will award more than $500,000 to outstanding skilled trades teachers and programs in American public high schools. As a finalist, the school and teacher will receive at least $30,000 and up to $100,000 if they win the top prize.

Drawn from across the country and representing skilled trades like construction, automotive, architecture, woodworking, manufacturing and marine systems technology, the 10 finalists are in the running for three first-place prizes of $100,000, with $70,000 going to the high school skilled trades program and $30,000 to the individual skilled trades teacher or teacher team behind the winning program. The seven second-place winners will each be awarded $30,000, with $20,000 going to the high school program and $10,000 to the teacher/team. The winners will be announced on Oct. 26.

The Harbor Freight Tools for Schools Prize for Teaching Excellence was designed to recognize outstanding instruction in the skilled trades in U.S. public high schools that inspires students to learn a trade that prepares them for a career after high school.

“We created this prize out of huge respect for the intelligence and creativity of people who work with their hands to create, build and repair,” said Eric Smidt, founder of the prize and founder, owner and CEO of the national retailer Harbor Freight Tools. “We’re proud to honor the important leadership of these skilled trades teachers, who are working so hard to equip their students with the know-how and skill to land good jobs, pursue bright futures, and become part of a workforce our country needs.”

Sheboygan Falls High School’s Ed Hughes was recognized for his work teaching construction, computer-aided design, STEM and other trades. He guides his students through trades pathways, a robust internship program and robotics competitions. Hughes helped spearhead the creation of his school’s Innovation Design Center, a modern learning space dedicated to the trades and technology.

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Sheboygan Falls High School’s Innovation Design Center is preparing students for the future


Fox6Now.com: When you were in high school do you remember taking classes like home economics and shop? Well, the electives that high school students are exposed to today are quite different from what we experienced as teenagers. Sheboygan Falls High School recently turned what used to be an auto repair and storage maintenance room into a state of the art facility. And as Brian shows you, what’s being learned in the new space is preparing students for careers in their hometown.

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Sheboygan Falls students thrive at coffee bar

Sheboygan Press: The staff of Sheboygan Falls High School’s Falcon Java Roost, composed entirely of students from the school’s special education program, functions like a well-oiled machine.

At this school-based coffee bar, an abundance of pats on the back, high fives and praises are exchanged between the workers, as well as the occasional fit of giggles.

Trevor Teumer, one of the student workers, clasps his hands and leans over the counter, nodding in approval of his peers fulfilling drink orders at either side of him.

“Working here is a formula,” Teumer said. “It is definitely a formula.”

But, it is a science that the staff appears to have mastered. The team works together on almost every drink order, handing cups down the line with each student contributing in a different way to top off the brew.

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