Canajoharie technology teacher named Regional
Teacher of the Year
Canajoharie High School teacher Mr. Dwayne Heroth
has been named the 2017 Regional Teacher of the Year by the
Fulton-Montgomery Technology Education and Engineering Association.
Fulton-Montgomery Technology Education and
Engineering Association is the regional association of the New York
State Technology Education and Engineering Association representing
the Fulton, Montgomery and Hamilton county region.
Mr. Heroth was presented with the award during
the New York State Technology Education and Engineering
Association’s Regional Teacher of the Year Awards Ceremony held
March 23 at the Saratoga Automobile Museum in Saratoga Springs.
This is the second time in his 29-year career
that Mr. Heroth has received this award. He first earned it in 2003.
Teachers are nominated for the award by their peers in the region.
Teachers are then evaluated during a site visit by a NYSTEEA
representative. The award is not necessarily awarded each year.
Mr. Heroth began teaching technology at
Canajoharie High School in the late 1980s, when the field was
referred to as Industrial Arts. While students still learn to use
traditional tools and machines, over the years, Mr. Heroth says, his
classes have expanded to include such things as computer numerical
controlled (CNC) milling machines, lathes and 3-D printers.
Regardless of the technology in use, students continue to develop
design and problem solving skills they will use beyond high school.
“The students who go through our program develop
an understanding of processes and materials that they carry with
them the rest of their lives,” Mr. Heroth said.
“Mr. Heroth's work with students extends out of
the classroom,” Canajoharie High School Principal Rebecca Gleason
said. “Numerous students benefit from the Technology Club he leads,
allowing students to see technology in action; it is great to see
his efforts recognized.”
Mr. Heroth first began teaching at Canajoharie in
the fall of 1988. In addition to teaching and advising the
Technology Club, Mr. Heroth also coaches bowling and is a class
A native of Ephratah, he attended Johnstown High
School and earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the State
University of New York at Oswego.
Caption: Dwayne Heroth holds his award plaque
and glass given to him by the New York State Technology Education
and Engineering Association.