The best instructors not only prepare students for tests on the subject matter, they help them prepare for real-world situations. Teachers can leave indelible impressions with their students, serving as role models demonstrating the importance of knowledge, integrity, responsibility, and an appreciation for a job well done.
These factors were among the criteria used to determine the winners of the 2004 Instructor of the Year contest. The News and the Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute (ARI) again combined forces to salute the best of the best HVACR instructors across the United States. The winners were chosen because of their dedication and commitment to making the educational experience in their classrooms the key to successful careers for their students.
Complete coverage of this year's winners is provided in the articles "Top Instructor Embodies Professionalism," "Teacher Improves Students And Himself," "It's All A Matter Of Perspective," "Meeting Challenges One Student At A Time," "Preparing Students For The Future," and "Instilling Passion For The Industry" in this issue.