AEA member Steve Ballard receives top award
Montgomery County Engineering Teacher Steve Ballard was named the recipient of the 2014 International Technology and Engineering Education Association (ITEEA) Program of Excellence Award. Presented in October, the award is one of the top national honors presented to technology teachers each year and recognizes outstanding contributions to the engineering profession.
The ITEEA mission is “to promote technological literacy by supporting the teaching of technology and engineering, and promoting the professionalism of students engaged in those pursuits.” They represent more than 35,000 secondary technology and engineering educators in the United States alone.
Ballard teaches at Brewbaker Technology Magnet High School in the Montgomery County School System. He grew up in Cullman County, Alabama, and began his teaching career in 1993 at Bellingrath Jr. High School in Montgomery after receiving a master’s degree in education from Auburn University Montgomery.
His engineering program is a four-year sequence of courses; which, when combined with traditional mathematics and science courses, introduces students to the scope, rigor, and discipline of engineering.
The program allows students to make informed choices about engineering careers prior to entering college-level engineering study, and gives them a real advantage over other students who will be taking engineering courses for the first time.
He teaches his students computer skills and software to design products, and to solve technology-related problems as they explore different areas of engineering.
To Ballard, this award means that this program is doing what it is supposed to do and that it is recognized as not only one of the best in the state, but also one of the best in the world. He humbly credits his students for his success. “The students do the work,” Ballard says, “I’m the overseer.”
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