MBIT Teacher receives “Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year” award from the Pennsylvania Association for Career and Technical Education

Middle Bucks Institute of Technology is pleased to announce that Multimedia Technology Teacher, James Davey, has been select­ed as the 2022 Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year spon­sored by the Pennsylvania Association for Career and Technical Education (PA-ACTE).

The PA-ACTE Teacher of the Year award rec­og­nizes inspi­ra­tional lead­ers that embody the core val­ues of the Association for Career and Technical Education through con­tri­bu­tions to stu­dent suc­cess, inno­va­tions in teach­ing, and lead­er­ship in the local or greater CTE community.

As the teacher for the Multimedia Technology pro­gram, Mr. Davey offers stu­dents engag­ing instruc­tion through real-world appli­ca­tion with­in a student-centered learn­ing envi­ron­ment. The pro­gram is standards-aligned and inte­grat­ed with industry-based cur­ricu­lum. Mr. Davey man­ages the pro­gram as if it were a film pro­duc­tion com­pa­ny where stu­dents have oppor­tu­ni­ties to cre­ate their own films and work with clients in the stu­dio at the school or on loca­tion with­in the com­mu­ni­ty, which enables the stu­dents to attain rel­e­vant skills and knowl­edge. This is evi­dent through high stu­dent enroll­ment, high stu­dent atten­dance, and high stu­dent achieve­ment. It is also evi­dent through the many awards the stu­dents earned this school year, despite fac­ing chal­lenges through­out the pan­dem­ic. The Multimedia Technology stu­dents won top awards at the Greenfield Youth Film Festival, the Bucks Fever Film Fest, and the 2020–2021 Bucks County Media and Design Competition in the areas of video pro­duc­tion, audio, video music, nar­ra­tive, and direct­ing. In addi­tion, the stu­dents won six (6) gold medals at the Pennsylvania SkillsUSA State Competition.

Kathryn Strouse, MBIT Administrative Director, states, “Whether he is help­ing stu­dents pre­pare for a com­pe­ti­tion, men­tor­ing a fel­low teacher, or attend­ing an after hour event to sup­port our school, Mr. Davey demon­strates his com­mit­ment to the teach­ing pro­fes­sion. He is a strong voice when it comes to advo­cat­ing for stu­dents or increas­ing com­mu­ni­ty aware­ness about our school. Mr. Davey con­tin­u­al­ly places stu­dents at the cen­ter of all decision-making, whether select­ing equip­ment for his lab, recruit­ing employ­ment oppor­tu­ni­ties for stu­dents, or prepar­ing stu­dents for indus­try certification.

Mr. Davey will now move on to the region lev­el for com­pe­ti­tion, which will take place in spring 2022.