COAST Teacher Stands Out

by Aug 10, 2021Education, North Brunswick

Brunswick County Schools teacher Robert Watkins progresses on the path to winning prize money in the Harbor Freight Tools for Schools competition.

Brunswick County Schools is pleased to announce that Robert Watkins, a teacher at the Center of Applied Sciences and Technology (COAST), is one of three North Carolina finalists for the 2021 Harbor Freight Tools for Schools Prize for Teaching Excellence.

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Watkins is the automotive technology teacher at the COAST and is off to round two of the competition, in which 61 finalists from 30 states will share their insights and creative ideas about teaching practices.

Two rounds of judging, each by separate independent panels of reviewers, will narrow the field to 18 winners and, finally, name the three Grand Prize winners and 15 additional prize winners.

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Grand Prize winners will each receive $100,000, with $70,000 going to their public high school skilled trades program and $30,000 to the skilled trades teacher behind the winning program. The 15 additional winners will each be awarded $50,000, with $35,000 going to their public high school program and $15,000 to the teacher. Winners will be announced in late October.

To learn more about the competition from Harbor Freight: