Academic journal article The Technology Teacher

2008 Leaders to Watch

Academic journal article The Technology Teacher

2008 Leaders to Watch

Article excerpt

Those who have contributed to the technology education field for many years are known for their teaching, written work, presentations, research, and recognition received from professional groups. The selected individuals who are highlighted here have shown outstanding leadership ability as educators early in their careers.

This list is by no means inclusive. There are many other professionals in the field with similarly impressive qualifications.

Individuals who want to recognize other technology educators with outstanding qualifications should forward their vitae and a sponsoring letter to ITEA for consideration.

The leaders of our field are our future; we should promote and encourage them to realize their potential.

William F. Bertrand

Technology Education Advisor

Pennsylvania Department of Education

Harrisburg, PA


William F. Bertrand of Lancaster, PA has served the Commonwealth as Technology Education Advisor with the Department of Education since January 2005. Bill is originally from Washington County, PA and graduated from Union High School in the Burgettstown Area School District in 1975. It is while in high school that he first became interested in industrial arts and technology education. This was due in part to the mentoring that he received from his industrial arts teachers. This led Bill to pursue a degree in Industrial Arts Education at The Pennsylvania State University, from which he graduated in 1980. Prior to working at the Department of Education, he worked for one year in the Millersburg Area School District in Dauphin County, PA and 24 years in the Conewago Valley School District of Adams County, PA as a technology education instructor in both school systems.

In addition to teaching, Bill has been an Emergency Medical Technician and professionally certified firefighter. He works part-time for the Pennsylvania State Fire Academy, sponsored by the Harrisburg Area Community College as a fire-suppression instructor and evaluator. Bill is the past President of the Adams County Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association. In his leisure time, Bill enjoys the outdoors through bicycling, boating, hiking, hunting and other sports, and traveling. He also enjoys competitive sports and has won awards as a participant in baseball, football, softball, track, and wrestling throughout his lifetime.

Bill believes that technology education is one of the most important studies a student can pursue because it offers real-world application of the knowledge learned in other subject areas. Furthermore, he states that equipping children today with the skills and knowledge necessary to be lifelong learners prepares them to solve the problems of the future and is possibly the most important endeavor a person can undertake.

One of the major initiatives that Bill has been working on since June 2005 is helping Pennsylvania become a member of the International Technology Education Association's Center to Advance the Teaching of Technology & Science (CATTS) Consortium. This endeavor recently came to fruition in the fall of 2006 and will positively impact technology education across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for years to come. Bill believes that membership in the Consortium is a vital step in supporting the teachers of Pennsylvania as they shift from industrial arts to technology education. It will provide the best in current researched-based curriculum that is aligned to national standards.

Gerald F. Day

Coordinator of Graduate Studies

Department of Technology

University of Maryland Eastern Shore

Princess Anne, Maryland


Gerald Day is currently Coordinator of Graduate Studies for the Department of Technology at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES), located in Princess Anne, Maryland. …

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