October 09, 2018
Voting is now open for the 2018 CareerSafe® Safety Educator of the Year Award through October 21st! Each year, CareerSafe®highlights the top safety educators in the country who go above and beyond to teach their student's the importance of safety education as not just a tool, but a skill for life. This year, CareerSafe® has nominated three finalists who have proven their passion for safety in the workplace and have made a true impact on their students. The winner of the 2018 CareerSafe® Safety Educator of the Year Award gets a $5,000 cash prize, along with an all expense paid trip to ACTE in November where the Safety Educator of the Year award will be presented. Vote today for your choice of Safety Educator of the Year!
ITEEA Safety Specialist Dr. Tyler Love is among the nominees and we encourage supporting him by casting your vote at www.careersafeonline.com/index.php/teacher-tools/ 579
Read more about ITEEA member Dr. Tyler Love:
Safety education isn’t just for kids who are under 18. Safety education is a lifelong mindset. Dr. Tyler Love knows this, which is why he has dedicated over 10 years to developing safety curriculum and teaching it to young teachers. “I feel like [safety] is something that educators sometimes take for granted or overlook,” Love said. “The legal cases from CTE accidents that I have reviewed in my research and consulting have motivated me to assist teachers and students with limiting the risk of an accident.”
In Love’s 10 years of education, he has taught as a high school Career and Technical Education (CTE) and pre-engineering teacher, elementary engineering professional development instructor, and college professor for future CTE / Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) teachers. Now, Love is a professor at Penn State Harrisburg where he teaches the science, technology, and engineering methods courses for future elementary and middle school teachers. Love also helps teach summer STEM workshops which means he teaches a gamut of people throughout the year. “I interact with teachers from all STEM and CTE fields, undergraduate students, graduate students, and K-12 students throughout the academic year,” Love stated.
Love’s role with CTE / STEM teachers involves training educators about the importance of teaching safety practices to students at a young age so they can develop good habits for when they enroll in high school CTE programs. And safety isn’t just his day job… it seems to run in the Love family. Love’s father was a woodshop and graphic arts teacher for 34 years. “I remember going into school with him to work on projects and he always emphasized the proper safety procedures (and also when working on home projects in the summer),” Love recalled. “I have always associated safety with any type of hands-on activity because it was ingrained in me from an early age.”
From that early safety indoctrination came Love’s passion for safety. “I approach safety as something that should be integrated into all CTE and STEM lessons to prepare safer, more responsible citizens. I also believe that teaching safety practices at the elementary level is critical.” Love further explained, “Getting students in the proper mindset early carries over to projects they work on at home and into their secondary education CTE programs.”
Love has seen the success of early safety education implementation in his own life and in the lives of students to the point that he has helped develop several free resources for the International Technical and Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA) as well as helped author a makerspace and Fab Lab safety book. From the ITEEA resource development came Love’s involvement in creating digital resources for teachers as well as a safety website which has allowed him to make connections that requested his involvement in numerous school systems’ safety workshops.
With an already impressive safety byline, Love shows no plans of stopping anytime soon. Love said, “I hope to provide more safety resources to improve the quality of safety education for teachers and students. I also hope to continue conducting cutting-edge research about the safety of teachers and students in CTE classrooms to inform their practices.” Additionally, Love hopes to continue making progress in advocating for transdisciplinary safety resources across CTE and STEM fields. “This is rare to find, but there are a lot of similarities that can inform safer practices across these integrative content areas.”
The impact that Love is having on safety will ripple for generations as he continues to teach future CTE and STEM teachers. “I always encourage my teacher education students to make safety instruction engaging and fun. They are in a field that should involve hands-on learning as much as possible.” Love believes that if these teachers can’t find innovative ways to teach safety concepts, then their students will be less likely to remember important safety information. Love explained, “CTE and STEM teachers without safety training can pose a serious risk to students. If I send students out to teach in STEM or CTE laboratories without the proper safety knowledge, I feel like I am doing an injustice to the students in their classes.” Love adamantly stated that instructors not only have to understand how to teach and implement safety practices, but they must also know their legal responsibilities and understand the implications of their actions. “When [my students] start their teaching internship, they know that safety has to be an essential component of every lesson and students have to be held to a high safety standard."
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