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A modern “shop” teacher at PVHS has received the 2018 Marvin Melvin Career Technical Educator Award, making him one of two educators in Santa Barbara County.

Using today’s technology, Industrial Technology Teacher Dan Howard was selected for training his students in architectural and mechanical drawing, publications and digital arts.

Howard will honored on May 24 at the Santa Ynez Valley Marriott. The celebration is sponsored by Frank Schipper Construction Company and Tradart Foundation. Both are business partners of the SBCEO Teachers Network and have a strong history of supporting Career Technical Education (CTE).

Howard stated: “It is an honor to be selected as one of two 2018 Marvin Melvin Career Technical Educator Award recipients. I am very thankful for the recognition and I feel privileged to join the ranks of the great Industrial Arts teachers that taught me the art of making and the art of teaching. I would like to acknowledge Mr. McKitchens of Fesler JH who taught me woodworking; Dave Dawson of Santa Maria HS, drafting; Ray Snowden of Hancock College, welding, and Ken Brown of Cal Poly, machining. These men were more than just my teachers, they were my role models. I hope that I do them justice as I attempt to pass on the life skills that they taught me.’’

Principal Shanda Herrera, who nominated Howard, said he always has a “smile, is easy-going, flexible and accommodating.’’

Herrera praised Howard’s work with students on the school newspaper with a website version and cell phone app, the yearbook productions, creating sharp-looking brochures to advertise CTE pathway courses and taking free photos for 12th graders in need of a senior picture.

“Dan attends more school events than can be counted,’’ Herrera added. “He is appreciated, he is admired, and I truly feel there is no task he cannot complete. For these reasons, he is absolutely deserving of this award.’’

The Marvin Melvin Technical Educator Awards are given to outstanding career-technical educators in the county, in memory of long-time Santa Barbara High School Industrial Arts teacher, Marvin Melvin. Marvin, known for his quick wit and bow tie, taught machine shop, metal and drafting classes.


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