LACONIA — Dan Caron has been named the 2013 Civil Air Patrol Aerospace Education Teacher of the Year.
Caron, a technology and engineering teacher at Bedford High School, is also a member of the Civil Air Patrol (CAP). Additionally, he serves as the director of WinnAero’s Aviation Career Education (ACE) Academy at Laconia Municipal Airport located in Gilford. WinnAero is a youth-based aviation organization that promotes science, technology, engineering and math through the use of aviation.
The CAP’s Teacher of the Year Award is a national-level award that recognizes a teacher member for outstanding accomplishments in aerospace education and for possessing the attributes expected from our country’s teachers. Caron was nominated by Col. Bill Moran, who is commander of the Hawk Squadron of the CAP, which is based at Laconia Airport. Commenting on choosing to nominate Caron for the award, Moran said, “Dan is energetic and dedicated to youth development especially in aerospace. He’s trustworthy, well organized, and is a wealth of information. He constantly provides interactive processes for learning and knows how to teach and hold the students’ attention.”
Surprisingly, Caron didn’t have a goal of becoming a teacher when he graduated from high school. Caron enrolled at Keene State University and became fascinated with technology and engineering when he saw his roommate returning with interesting projects he had constructed for his technology and shop classes. Soon afterward Caron decided to become a teacher and focused on the subjects that interested him: science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
The unpretentious school teacher says he is tremendously honored by being named as the CAP’s Teacher of the Year. His face lights up when he talks about being a teacher. “I love teaching. It’s never the same; there’s always something different I can work on,” he said.
Susan Mallet, CAP youth development program coordinator on the national level, described Caron as “the epitome of ‘teacher’ — passionately and professionally facilitating, partnering, and empowering youth for a future that will bring pride to themselves and benefit the nation.”
CAPTION — Teacher Dan Caron works with Laconia Airport’s ACE Academy students as they learn about aviation and technology. Caron was recently named Civil Air Patrol Teacher of the Year.