CARSON CITY – Governor Brian Sandoval today named Richard Knoeppel the 2019 Nevada Teacher of the Year. Knoeppel, has taught Architectural Design at Advanced Technologies Academy in the Clark County School District since 1995.
“Teachers like Richard Knoeppel are invaluable in our state’s efforts to develop a more skilled workforce to meet the demands of our emerging Nevada economy,” Gov. Brian Sandoval said. “Richard models daily building skills for the new Nevada by exposing his students to real-life experience assignments and using the latest technology. He is ensuring that Nevada employers have the workforce that they require to flourish in the economy of tomorrow.”
Each year, the Nevada Department of Education works with the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) to select Nevada’s Teacher of the Year, who in turn, joins fellow Teachers of the Year from all 50 states in Washington DC to participate in one-of-a-kind professional learning opportunities designed to hone communications skills, expand knowledge of education policy, and grow teaching and learning practices. The goal of this programming is to elevate the voices of teachers and ensure that teachers are leaders in state and national policy conversations. Ultimately, a National Teacher of the Year is selected from this group and announced by the President in the White House.
“Richard Knoeppel is such a wonderful choice as this year’s Nevada Teacher of the Year because he is already a Teacher Leader at A-TECH, serving as CTE Department Chair and School Organizational Teach Chair,” said Steve Canavero, Ph.D., Superintendent of Public Instruction. “He has also done work for the Nevada Department of Education developing Career and Technical Education standards and assessments as well as having participated in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) workgroups focusing on funding and teacher preparations programs.”
Additionally, Knoeppel is a member of the Nevada STEM Advisory Council where he works to raise awareness of STEM education in Nevada. He is also a member of the inaugural Teach Plus fellowship in Nevada where he is working to develop career pathways for teachers.
“On behalf of everyone in the Clark County School District, I would like to offer up our congratulations and say how very proud we are of Richard Knoeppel,” said Jesus F. Jara, Ed.D., CCSD Superintendent. “Richard started the CADD (computer aided design and drafting) program at A-TECH. His belief that every child can succeed has helped to build a nationally recognized program of study in Architectural Design. His students consistently earn awards in local, regional and national architecture competitions for their design work.”