SAFETY EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR

The Safety Educator of the Year Award recognizes exceptional educators who have not only dedicated their time to prepare students for the future, but also helped students recognize and mitigate workplace hazards in their chosen careers. The winning educator will receive a $5,000 cash prize for their classroom and an all-expense paid trip to ACTE CareerTech Vision at the end of the year. There is no criteria to be nominated, other than being an exceptional safety educator. Visit the CareerSafe Safety Educator of the Year nomination page to view more information and instructions on how to nominate a deserving teacher.

2020 SAFETY EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR

Mr. Malcolm Roach, Construction Carpentry instructor at North Montco Technical Career Center in Lansdale, Pennsylvania, was awarded the “2020 Safety Educator of the Year” national award in November.

Mr. Roach has found a top notch curriculum that emphasizes safety in the classroom. Through his unique and detailed safety procedures, Mr. Roach directs an engaging and highly effective hands-on learning environment that naturally fosters a foundational of safety. “Safety is important in my classroom because at any given day I could have twelve to twenty students in this room,” Malcolm explains. “You can’t watch everyone at once. I don’t care if you’re the Superman of CTE. You have to be able to, just like in industry, train somebody and have a belief that they can operate that tool without you supervising them one foot away.”

Mr. Roach implements a number of innovate strategies to help keep him and his students OSHA safe. Before any student can use a tool, he or she must read the operator’s manual and pass the written safety assessment. Malcolm explains how he has over fifty tools and therefore over fifty assessments each student must take throughout the length of the program. Additionally, student’s are held accountable on a daily basis by “ethics points” which make up 30% of the students grade. As Mr. Roach rotates around the shop, he uses a clipboard to deduct points from student who are not working in a safe and professional manner.

It is CareerSafe’s honor to recognize Mr. Malcolm Roach as the 2020 Safety Educator of the Year for his innovative and inexhaustible commitment to an OSHA safe classroom. We look forward to seeing how this program continues to grow and become a leader in student and workplace safety long into the future.

ABOUT THE AWARD

CareerSafe meets with thousands of educators across the country every year, and we continuously meet teachers who go above and beyond the call of duty to provide outstanding educational opportunities to their students. As an appreciation for teachers everywhere, CareerSafe awards one lucky teacher each year based on both internal nominations and popular vote of the Career and Technical Education community. The winning teacher earns national recognition and a trip to National ACTE where he or she will be presented with $5,000 cash. As educators ourselves, we could not be prouder of these deserving individuals, and we look forward to awarding many, many more.
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