The I-CAR Education Foundation named Fred Steeves, a collision repair instructor from Oxford Hills Technical School in South Paris, Maine, its 2008 Instructor of the Year. Steeves received an expense-paid trip to NACE, where he was honored with a plaque during the Education Instructor Feedback session.
Steeves worked in the collision industry for 23 years and has been an instructor for 10 years. He serves as a SkillsUSA advisor and is chairperson for the State SkillsUSA competitions. He is also an I-CAR instructor and the chairperson for the Maine Auto Collision Repair Instructors tech update meetings. He has worked to recruit students to the collision repair program and place them in jobs within the industry.
Garry Carr, an instructor at Maine Vocational Region Tech in Brunswick, Maine, nominated Steeves.
“Fred Steeves is a model citizen in every way,” Carr said. “He is the type of guy you can count on. Always busy with students or family stuff, but never too busy to lend a hand to a friend…Fred has been and continues to be the single most positive influence in Maine with regards to I-CAR and education with students in the auto collision industry here.”
“The I-CAR Education Foundation exists to help students on the path to a rewarding career in collision repair, yet we realize our efforts mean nothing without the drive and dedication of career and technical school faculty like Fred,” said Scott Kruger, I-CAR Education Foundation executive director.
For more information, visit www.ed-foundation.org.