EVIT Automotive teacher named 'Instructor of the Year'
Posted on 09/04/2015
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Long-time EVIT instructor Randy Baker has been chosen as the Byrl Shoemaker/ASE Industry Education Alliance Instructor of the Year. Baker will be honored by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) and Automotive Youth Educational Systems (AYES) during an awards banquet in Scottsdale on Nov. 18.

Winners of the award must be Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Master Certified, have taught in a NATEF accredited program for more than five years, be involved in SkillsUSA, and participate in AYES or other internship programs.

Baker has taught Automotive Technologies at EVIT for 17 years. Before he became a teacher, Baker ran his own auto repair shop for 14 years.

“The impact that you can have on lives through teaching and (career and technical education) is great,” he said in an interview last spring. “How many math teachers have students who come up to them years later and say, ‘Thank you for teaching me that quadratic formula’? But I have students who come up and say, ‘Thank you, Mr. Baker, for teaching me to work on cars.’”

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