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 advisor.
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.