Teacher up for $100,000 prize in trade school contest

October 13, 2017 By Paula Katinas Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Brendan Malone, a maritime teacher, is a finalist in a nationwide contest sponsored by Harbor Freight Tools. Photo courtesy of Harbor Freight Tools
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A maritime teacher from the Urban Assembly New York Harbor School is a finalist in a contest that could net his school a cool $100,000.

Brendan Malone is one of 10 teachers from around the country who have been named finalists in the 2017 Harbor Freight Tools for Schools Prize for Teaching Excellence.

The contest will award more than a total of $500,000 to outstanding skilled-trades teachers and programs in American public high schools. The winning school and teacher will receive $100,000.

The Urban Assembly New York Harbor School, which was established in Bushwick, is now located on Governors Island.

Malone was recognized for leading the school’s marine systems technology program, which prepares students to work in a career building, maintaining and repairing boats. The juniors and seniors he teaches are required to participate in marine field internships.

The Urban Assembly New York Harbor School is the only high school in the country authorized to administer the American Boat and Yacht Council’s Marine Systems Technician Certification Exam, a critical credential in the marine industry.

This year, Malone’s class will work in partnership with the South Street Seaport Museum to restore a 1930s tugboat.

The 10 finalists represent skilled trades like construction, automotive, architecture, woodworking, manufacturing and marine systems technology.

The Harbor Freight Tools for Schools Prize for Teaching Excellence was designed to recognize outstanding teachers in the skilled trades in U.S., who help to prepare their students for a career after high school, according to a spokesperson.

“We created this prize out of huge respect for the intelligence and creativity of people who work with their hands to create, build and repair,” said Harbor Freight Tools CEO Eric Smidt said in a statement. “We’re proud to honor the important leadership of these skilled-trades teachers, who are working so hard to equip their students with the know-how and skill to land good jobs, pursue bright futures and become part of a workforce our country needs.”

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