Richard Knoeppel, Lecturer in Architectural Design at the Advanced Technologies Academy in Las Vegas, received the Nevada Teacher of the Year 2019 award from Governor Brian Sandoval on Monday.
Knoeppel, who has taught in the Clark County School District since 1995, was surprised at the award given to a single teacher in all 50 states.
Knoeppel is the head teacher at A-Tech and serves as the chairman of the career and technical education department. He is also a member of the Nevada STEM Advisory Council and started the computer-aided design and drafting program at the school.
“His belief that every child can succeed has helped establish a nationally recognized architectural design degree program,” Superintendent Jesus Jara said in a statement. “His students are regularly recognized for their design work at local, regional and national architecture competitions.”
Knoeppel will be participating in a professional development program with fellow Teacher of the Year in Washington, DC. A national teacher of the year is selected from this group.
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