Metropolitan Education District is proud to recognize its 2017-16 Teacher of the Year, Kurt Cheetsos from Silicon Valley Career Technical Education (SVCTE). Kurt is the SVCTE Construction Technology instructor with 17 years of teaching experience. In the past few years, he has provided students with opportunities that turn classroom knowledge into real world experiences. This includes mentoring SVCTE students in SkillsUSA, dedicating his construction expertise towards a Community Project House, and overseeing student projects on the school campus.
“Kurt’s compassion for others is seen throughout the way he interacts with his students, parents, and colleagues,” Sharon Brown, Principal of Silicon Valley Career Technical Education, said. “They admire the relationships, respect, and rapport Kurt has developed with his students.”
Last year, Kurt was one of three SVCTE teachers who brought students together to work on a Community Project House in San Jose. Students from eight courses spent class time and weekends on demolition, construction framing, plumbing, electrical, and HVAC, completing the project in May 2016. Many students felt passionately about the work they were doing on the house. “The students liked working on the house because they could see it was real work and they were also able to see all the different parts of the home come together,” Kurt said.
As a SkillsUSA Advisor, Kurt lobbied for SVCTE to host the 2017 SkillsUSA Regional Leadership and Skills Competition this past February. Of the 400 students that competed in various skills categories and Job Demos, SVCTE students won 58 medals. In April, 49 students from SVCTE attended the SkillsUSA California 50th Annual State Leadership and Skill Conference, resulting in five gold medalists heading to the Annual National Leadership and Skills Conference in June. “All five SkillsUSA gold medalists have their tickets booked to go to Nationals,” Kurt said.
The Santa Clara County Office of Education will recognize Kurt at the 48th Annual Teacher Recognition Celebration at 7 p.m. on September 14, 2017 at the Campbell Heritage Theatre. The Teacher Recognition Celebration is the oldest and largest celebration of teachers in California and the most prestigious local award given to classroom teachers.
About Metropolitan Education District: MetroED provides Career Technical Education and academic programs to over 2,600 high school and adult students in Santa Clara County. From its campus located centrally in San Jose, California, the district operates Silicon Valley Career Technical Education and Silicon Valley Adult Education. Register for a free campus tour or get more information at: www.metroed.net
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