TMA Celebrates Chicago area High School Instructors

SCHAUMBURG – Chicago area high school Instructors affiliated with the Technology & Manufacturing Association’s training & education program held a roundtable last week. The event was hosted by Maine West High School‘s instructors Joseph Pederson and Victor Fuentes at Maine West High School.

Those that attended the event included Izzy Castillo – Northern Kane, Matt Erbach – Streamwood/South Elgin HS, Terry Stroh – Northern Kane, Tyler Storlie – McHenry HS, Steve Glasder – Harvard HS, Mike Jakubowski – Hampshire HS, Tom Kaiser – Maine East HS, Leigh McConnell – TMA, Frank LaMantia – CHSD 218, Victor Fuentes – Maine West, Anthony Schmidt -Taft HS, Joseph Pederson – Maine West HS, Sheryl Kemble – OSG USA, Inc., and Kathleen Burley – New Collar Mfg.

“These high school instructors are so invaluable to our future,” TMA’s Training & Education Director Leigh McConnell said. “They are the ones on the front lines advocating for our industry to students, school administrators, and parents!”

And their importance to our modern world is seriously understated, more and more are recognizing.

“Mechanics and their machines, carpenters and their buildings, engineers and their systems, machinists and their creations, industrial CEOs, technicians, innovators, problem-solvers and troubleshooter — humanity — all owe so very much to the Tech Ed teacher,” recently wrote Matt Kirchner of Profit 360.

Many of these same high school instructors encourage their students to participate in TMA’s Annual Precision Machining Competition:

High schoolers gather for 30th annual TMA Precision Machining Competition

From February event: