The Virginia Association for Trade and Industrial Education recently honored two educators from Chantilly Academy, which is now known as the New Commonwealth Governor’s STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) Academy at .
The association named Doug Wright, academy administrator, as Outstanding Career and Technical Educator for outstanding service to the field of trade and industrial education.
Chris Wyckoff, who teaches construction technology at the academy, was named the Outstanding New Career and Technical Teacher.
Wright has advanced STEM, along with career and technical education, by pursuing a partnership with ProFinishes Plus that teaches students green technology in the Automotive Collision Services program. Students are learning waterborne automotive paint technology that, in the coming years, may be mandated by both federal and state governments to ease the impact on the environment. ProFinishes Plus is working to update the shop with new equipment so that students can learn the new technology in class.
Wright also led the academy’s Automotive Technology program to achieve certification by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation via curricular and workshop enhancements. He has made major improvements to classrooms, the salon workshop for Cosmetology students, and the kitchen and classroom area for Culinary Arts students, according to a news release from FCPS.
In addition to serving as administrator of the New Commonwealth Governor’s STEM Academy, Wright served as an assistant principal at both and Chantilly High Schools. Prior to that, he was a technology education teacher at Rocky Run Middle, Herndon Intermediate (now Middle), and Madison High Schools.
Wyckoff, who is also the wrestling coach at Chantilly High, serves as the carpentry instructor at the academy and works with students from 13 different Fairfax County high schools at Chantilly.
Information provided by Fairfax County Public Schools