Educator Externships: How Top-to-Bottom Overviews of the Hottest Industries Help Teachers Get Students Excited for In-Demand Jobs​

3:10 PM – 4:00 PM, Room 2

Learn how educator bootcamps and externships can enhance teachers’ understanding of what students need to know to success in the workforce.

Roger Blevins teaches biology, college credit plus biology, and CCP anatomy & physiology at Huron High School in Huron, OH.  Roger has been an educator for nearly twenty-six years and has a passion for igniting student curiosity about the world and making learning relevant.  To share his excitement for learning, Roger has led students on field studies to the Florida Keys, Everglades, Grand Canyon, Grand Tetons, Bryce Canyon, and Yellowstone.  To help excite students about STEM, Roger was also selected to design a “zero-g” lesson and to fly weightless with the Northrop Grumman Weightless Flights of Discovery Program.  He was named the Huron Chamber of Commerce Teacher of the Year in 2018, and was highlighted by the National Science Teachers Association in their May, 2021 edition of The Science Teacher.  In addition, Roger has been named a Jennings Scholar by the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation.  He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Microbiology and a Master of Arts in Teaching (both from Miami University).  Roger is married to his amazing wife, also an educator, Jen and has three children: Sarah-a combat medic in the U.S. Army, Walker-an engineering major at Ohio State University, and Allison-a junior in high school.

Tim was born, raised and has resides  in the Fremont, Ohio. Married and has four children and two stepchildren. During his spare time, Mary and Tim enjoy taking care of their Clydesdale horses and running their small carriage service and hay farm.

Late in 1977 Tim started working at Century Die Company as a floor sweeper A few months after starting at Century, an opportunity came along to apply for an apprenticeship program in Tool and Die at Whirlpool Corporation, Clyde Division.

He completed the apprenticeship in 1982 and continued his employment with Whirlpool until 1989. During that time, Tim helped Whirlpool migrate into CNC machining.

In 1989 Tim took a position at Fremont Plastic Molds as a Moldmaker CNC supervisor.

In January of 2000 Tim joined Century Die Company as a Moldmaker and soon worked into Engineering and was promoted to Engineering Manager.

In the end of 2006 Tim went to Delphi Corporation in Sandusky as a Tool And Die Leader for the midnight shift.

In September of 2010 Tim returned to Century Die Company as Operations manager and with a small gtoup of investors, purchased Century in 2011 where he has been General Manager to date.

Mrs. Smith began her career at her alma mater, Fremont City Schools, as an elementary reading teacher. She later transitioned in the district to Director of State & Federal Projects and eventually to Principal of Atkinson Elementary. In 2008, Mrs. Smith was hired by North Point ESC as the Director of Curriculum & Instruction serving the Benton-Carroll-Salem Local School District. After four years, she was promoted by North Point to her current position which she has proudly held for the past ten years. Andrea Smith holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a master’s degree in Reading from Bowling Green State University. She completed her administrative coursework from the University of Findlay.