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SWACC instructor tapped for honor

Friday, December 16, 2011

Chris Lee, automotive technology instructor at the Southwest Area Career Center, was honored as the November Teacher of the Month. Becky Stephens, training specialist with EFCO, a Pella company, presented a plaque and $250 check to Lee.
November's Teacher of the Month hasn't been teaching long but he has been quick to establish himself as one of the profession's best.

Chris Lee was honored this past month by EFCO, a Pella company, and The Monett Times for his success as the Southwest Area Career Center's automotive technology instructor. In that role, Lee, a 1999 Monett High School graduate, teaches juniors and seniors from 14 different high schools who send students to the Career Center (SWACC).

"Chris has students come to class with a wide variety of backgrounds and all levels of previous knowledge. Yet, he manages to teach them at a level where they are and bring them up to college level before they leave our facility," wrote SWACC counselor Karen Brosi in her nomination letter.

"Chris motivates all students to love to learn about automobiles," continued Brosi. "His students often comment they feel respected by him. He encourages students to be the best that they can be and helps them pursue a career that fits their needs."

Lee has been involved in the automotive technology program at SWACC for four years and is currently in his third year as an instructor. He holds an associates degree in automotive technology from Crowder College and is working toward earning his bachelor of science degree in vocational/technical education from Pittsburg State University.

"I was inspired to teach after getting to know my college automotive instructor at Crowder," said Lee, who also attended SWACC during high school. "The most enjoyable part of my job is seeing the students succeed."

During school breaks, Lee hones his own automotive skills by working in the industry at a local business. He also possesses his Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) master technician certification.

"It is flattering to receive the Teacher of the Month Award," said Lee. "The $250 will be a great way to purchase classroom supplies."

In addition to his most recent recognition as EFCO's Teacher of the Month, Lee was honored as SWACC's Teacher of the Year last year.

The monthly recognition program is sponsored by EFCO, a Pella company, and The Monett Times. Public or private school teacher in Monett, Purdy, Verona, Pierce City or Freistatt are eligible for the Teacher of the Month award. For more information about the program or the nomination process, email editor@monett-times.com. Nominations can also be submitted through the newspaper website at www.monett-times.com.

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