Two Francis Howell Teachers Earn PLTW Outstanding Teacher Awards

Posted on 10/13/2021
Two FHSD Teachers Earn PLTW Outstanding Teacher Awards


Francis Howell School District (FHSD)’s Michael Green of Francis Howell North (FHN) and Ricky Reeves of Francis Howell High School (FHHS) were among only 74 Project Lead The Way (PLTW) teachers nationwide to earn the 2021-22 PLTW Outstanding Teacher Award.

The PLTW Outstanding Teacher Award recognizes educators who demonstrate a strong record of delivering an inspiring and empowering student experience, expanding access to PLTW programs and transforming teaching.

Green started his career teaching computer aided drafting and physics at ITT. From there, he transitioned to various jobs, including testing medical equipment, repairing power line communication equipment, running the parts supply division, building state-of-the-art seed robots, and integrating hardware and software automation systems for ethanol plants. After working out in the field, Green again felt that pull towards the classroom and transitioned back to education.

“I was inspired to return to education as a second career to help develop more STEM opportunities for students,” Green said.

Green taught at Normandy Middle School before starting at FHN in 2015. He is PLTW certified in Introduction to Engineering Design, Principles of Engineering, Digital Electronics, Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Design and Development.

Reeves has been with FHSD for 11 years and has been working as an educator for 13. He was named the 2020 FHHS Teacher of the Year. He teaches woodworking and PLTW engineering courses including, Introduction to Engineering Design, Principles of Engineering, Digital Electronics, Civil Engineering and Architecture, and Engineering Design and Development.

“My greatest accomplishments in teaching always come from my students,” Reeves said, “like when a student returns to thank me for helping them with their college course before they were even enrolled or when a student sends me a note three years after graduation to thank me for instilling their love of architecture and encouraging them to go to college for it.”

 PLTW President and CEO Dr. Vince Bertram says that teachers and educational leaders perform one of the most critical functions in our society.

“We are proud to work with these outstanding educators who are leaders in their classrooms and across the PLTW network,” he said.  “Congratulations and thank you for your partnership in a shared commitment to empower our students to thrive in our evolving world even amidst the most challenging and unprecedented of times.”

Watch the PLTW teacher celebration slideshow here.

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