EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR – WINNER
Eastern Technical High School
Essex, Maryland, United States
The Be Awards of Excellence program has provided an exceptional opportunity for students
to create unique and creative solutions to common problems involved in today’s engineering
and construction industry. It has allowed students to build their own skills related to
problem solving and collaboration, and has provided a means for students to show to an
international audience what they are capable of doing.
Peter glaudemans has been an educator and a mentor for 17 years. He holds a
Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology from the University of Maryland
and a Masters of Science in Leadership in Education from the College of
Glaudemans currently teaches technical computer-aided drafting and
engineering at Eastern Technical High School in Essex, Md. In 1992 – his
second full year of teaching – Eastern Technical was the first high school in
Maryland to drop all of the board drafting equipment in favor of a 30-station
CADD lab. While he continued to incorporate traditional orthographic
projections and assembly drawings, he modified the curriculum to include
dimension styles, 3D modeling, animation, customized cell libraries, creation
of reports through tags, and the creation and use of models.
In addition to focusing on technical skills, he helps his students become
independent thinkers, learners, and individuals. While many of the program’s
graduates have started careers as CAD technicians and design, professional,
and military engineers, he does not believe that learning how to create
designs and become a productive component of the developing world’s
infrastructure is the most important things students should learn. Rather, he
motivates students to explore their own interests, pursue their own dreams,
and – most importantly – believe they can do anything they put their minds to.
Glaudemans also mentors by involving students in competitions and
programs. These include Skills USA Vocational Industrial Clubs of America;
the Baltimore chapter of the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and
Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) competition; and the Be Awards of
Excellence student competition program.
Glaudemans recognized that CADD students were missing important
components covered by the engineering curriculum and that the engineering
students were being denied opportunities provided by the CADD program. As
a result, the two curriculums were blended.