ROCKLAND, Maine — Mid-Coast School of Technology machine shop instructor Richard Barratt was awarded Maine Career and Technical Education Teacher-of-the-Year at the Maine Career and Technical Education Conference hosted by Somerset Career and Technical Center in Skowhegan on Oct. 7.
Barratt began teaching at the school in 2006. He is a fifth-generation toolmaker. He obtained an associate degree in machine tool technology at New Hampshire Vocational College and spent four years enrolled in the Connecticut Apprenticeship Program in tool making, studying under five toolmakers. He obtained a Journeymen Toolmaker’s Certificate for the state of Connecticut in 1986.
Barratt started his working career in his father’s small machine shop in Connecticut and moved to Maine in 1987 where he worked for Sylvania Lighting in Waldoboro, making tools for its production floor. His responsibilities included working with design engineers drawing parts on the CAD system, teaching co-workers how to run machines, instructing on the correct way to measure, and how to enter data into logbooks.
While working at Sylvania, Barratt was an adjunct professor at Southern Maine Community College teaching basic machinist theory.
Barratt said he enjoys teaching his trade to high school students while emphasizing the career benefits and how machine technology contributes to quality of life.
Barratt is involved in professional development and Skills USA at Mid-Coast. He is lead facilitator for math in Career and Technical Education in Maine and participates in the Creating a Network of Educators to Communicate About Teaching Mathematics, which helps promote student understanding by connecting math applications to real world problem solving. He also is the Skills USA co-adviser for at the school. Skills USA student participants compete at state and national levels in a variety of competitions within their career and technical education area. Last year, the school had 36 students competing at the state level with students winning one gold medal, five silver medals and one bronze medal.
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