BEATRICE – A retiring industrial technology instructor at Beatrice High School is the 2020 Clabaugh Family Educator Award winner.

Chuck Brockman receives a plaque and a $1,000 check for his efforts in connecting with students on a personal level.   He was nominated by a fellow educator and two students.

Students Aaron Shumaker and Evan Oltmans cite Brockman’s abilities to help students explore on their own and relate learning experiences to the real-life world.

Brockman has also sponsored the Skills USA and Power Drive and is the faculty leader of the school’s EV Racing team.  High School Media Specialist Carol Oltman says Brockman spends numerous hours helping students design and build their cars and participate in competitions, using his own money to help.  Says Oltman, “he provides students with hands-on opportunities and has high expectations of students.”

His focus is on students’ problem-solving, critical thinking, collaboration and cooperation.

This is the fourth year for the presentation of the Clabaugh Family Educator Award through the Beatrice Educational Foundation.  The award recognizes educators who are innovative, intellectually rigorous, creative and engaging.

Rick, Linda, Nate and Tyler Clabaugh presented the award to Chuck Brockman Tuesday, at Beatrice High School.