SALISBURY, Md. - For David White, an instructor at Parkside High School, teaching skills in the automobile industry is his passion. He's dedicated 31 years showing Wicomico County students the ins and outs of this trade, causing a nationwide competition to take notice.
White has been named 1 of 10 finalists for the 2017 Harbor Freight Tools for Schools Prize for Teaching Excellence. It is an award that recognizes outstanding skilled trade teachers in different fields like construction, manufacturing, and automotive technology. By making it to the top ten, White will take home prize money for not just himself but Parkside as well.
"I was totally amazed, I did not really think that I stood a chance to be honest when I started this process," says White.
Over the years White has helped grow the program, by helping bring in technology and resources so students can put their skills to their tests.
"We've done electricity, we've done engines, brakes, and taking them apart and putting them back together," says Skylar Jones, one of White's students.
White's students have served as a testament to his success. Earlier this year 47 ABC got a chance to talk to one of his past students who is the youngest world class technician for General Motors at just 19 years old.
"That's one of the reasons why I teach, and continue to teach , it just makes me feel so good," says White.
Parkside High School is guaranteed $20,000 thousand dollars -as a result of White making it to the top 10.
The top three finalists of the competition will be announced by October 26th.
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