THAYER -- To recognize the important contributions technology education teachers make to their students' future, U.S. Air Force presented a 2003-04 Technology Education Outstanding Teacher Award to Mark Arnold who teaches technology education at Thayer High School. Arnold was presented with an engraved walnut plaque and tape measure during a ceremony May 19 by high school principal Kevin Hedden.
Arnold's students nominated him for the award. One or more of his students logged onto www.teached101.com, a Web site for technology education teachers and students, and nominated Arnold with a short essay about why he should receive the award.
He was one of 250 Technology Education Teacher Award recipients from a nationwide pool of over 30,000 technology education teachers.
The U.S. Air Force has been participating in the technology education shop-safety program, providing thousands of technology education teachers with free shop-safety posters and other materials for over 19 years. "The U.S .Air Force is very proud of being able to provide high-quality shop safety materials to America's technology education teachers since 1985," said Master Sgt. Juan Demiranda. "We are extremely pleased to be able to honor these 250 outstanding teachers with a small token of our esteem, as well as let them know how much their students appreciate them. The Air Force joins the students, faculty and parents from Thayer High School in congratulating Mark Arnold on being selected for this award."