Each year, ATEC recognizes excellence in aviation maintenance training by honoring an outstanding educator and an exemplary student. On March 9, the council announced the 2015 recipients of the James Rardon AMT Student of the Year and the Ivan D. Livi AMT Educator of the Year awards:
James Rardon AMT Student of the Year
Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics
From the nomination…
Russell is a role model for his fellow students. He is always digging deeper into things, trying to find out why things happen and how to correct problems that arise … Truly, he is one of few students who can so adeptly manage their responsibilities while also providing mentorship to others.
The Rardon award is given in cooperation with the Northrop Rice Foundation. For a complete list of NRF-administered recognition winners, click here.
Ivan D. Livi AMT Educator of the Year
Instructor (15 Years)
Aviation Institute of Maintenance, Chesapeake, VA
From the nomination…
The effect of Ms. Jones' performance as an educator is shown to me on a regular basis. When a graduate who is working in aviation comes back to visit our school, the first person they want to see and thank is Ms. Jones … I have called Ms. Jones the “Mother Teresa of Aviation,” which best describes her personality and dedication as an educator.
Considering the challenges faced by the entire AMTS community, Ms. Jones noted that students, graduates and those who support them all have to make sacrifices. "In addition to attending school, students usually also have a full-time job and families. This requires a huge commitment that requires sacrifice."
Unlike other kinds of students, who might be able to invest themselves heavily into more slowly-paced coursework, future A&P mechanics must master complicated material in a short period of time. They drink from a firehouse for 18 months, while balancing their family and personal lives, and try not to drown. Considering these challenges, the council is all the more thankful for the hard work and dedication of Ms. Jones and Mr. Wheatley.
The honorees will be recognized at this year’s annual conference in Orlando, Florida (be sure to see them there). They represent the very best of the AMTS community and our best hope for the future safety of the flying public.
Stay tuned for updates on everything ATEC members need to know as well as ways that you can help the council and the AMTS community.