Professor Marsteller named best in technology education | Securities

Tim Vaughan, professor of technology and engineering education at Marsteller Middle School, has been named the 2021 teacher of the year at Virginia Middle School Technology Education.

The award was presented at the Virginia Technology and Engineering Education Association’s summer conference, held virtually this year.

Vaughan was nominated for local recognition by his colleagues and was subsequently shortlisted at the Northern Virginia regional level earlier this year, shorting him for the state award. This award is one of the highest honors bestowed on teachers of technology and engineering and recognizes a teacher’s outstanding contributions to the profession and to students.

Prince William County Public Schools Superintendent LaTanya McDade presented Vaughan with a plaque of recognition in his classroom on the first day of school. He will also receive the Teacher Excellence Award from the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association at the association’s annual conference in Orlando, Florida in March.

Although Vaughan had always had an interest in engineering, he said his grandmother’s example led him to education.

“My grandmother was a teacher in Ireland; it inspired me to get involved in teaching, ”said Vaughan, who has taught at Marsteller Middle for almost 20 years and taught in Dublin, Ireland for 13 years previously.

“My high school engineering teacher in Ireland inspired me to get involved in [engineering] field, ”he added. “With the addition of technology, the field is constantly changing, and you have to evolve; I like it because you have to keep adapting to stay up to date.

At Marsteller, Vaughan is also director of the exploratory arts and foreign languages ​​department. In 2020, he designed a mentoring program for the school’s students and was featured in an article on ABC News about a beehive virtual tour video he created for fellow scientists and colleagues. students.