Paul Lathrop of Chesterfield Career and Technical Center @ Hull won $13,800 to explore the history and current marvels of engineering and manufacturing across the United States.
Paul Lathrop goes above and beyond to create a mechatronics and robotics program that is challenging and pragmatic but also fun and exciting. Students use hands-on projects and activities to reinforce the material as they learn real-world applications such as hydraulics, mechanics, electronics and fluid power. Lathrop helps students earn internships, secure scholarships and find jobs.
He stands out as an amazing teacher because he works individually with each student to meet them where they are and tailors his teaching style to help them master the material. He spends countless hours applying for grants to augment the program’s resources.
The only requirement needed to be successful in his program is to be interested and motivated. His nominator observed that Lathrop is able to build rapport that turns into a mentor-mentee relationship. Students continue to reach out to him even after they complete his program to seek his guidance with college and career questions. Among his colleagues, Lathrop has become the teacher everyone comes to for advice or simply to trade ideas.