It used to be called shop class. Then it was industrial arts.

It used to be called shop class. Then it was industrial arts.

Now, it's known as industrial technology.

Although the tools students use and the projects they work on have changed, the basic purpose of their coursework is as solid as wood, said Brad Gintert, Grandview Heights High School industrial technology teacher.

"I'm teaching the same thing," Gintert said. "It's really about problem-solving. They're just using new technology and tools to find solutions."

Gintert has been named Grandview's Teacher of the Year for the 2015-16 school year. The award was announced Monday, Aug. 15, at the annual staff convocation.

Teresa Clayton, building secretary at the high school, also was given the Win-Win Award during convocation. The award goes to a classified employee for his or her outstanding job performance.

Gintert said he was "totally surprised" to receive the award.

"I felt very honored being recognized with all the great educators we have in our district," he said.

Recent years have seen the transformation of his classroom and program, he said.

A $200,000 donation in 2013 from a Grandview alum who wished to remain anonymous, along with a $500,000 Straight A Fund grant in 2014, paid for the creation of a computer lab; renovations to the classroom and the purchase of new equipment, including a 3-D printer; a computer numerical controlled router, mill and lathe; a robotic arm; a laser; and a cutter.

"It's transformed what we do in my classes and it's been really invigorating for me as a teacher," Gintert said. "I'm lucky. I probably have one of the most up-to-date classroom spaces in the district."

With a greater focus on STEM education -- STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and math -- and college and career readiness for students, industrial technology has become more prominent, he said.

For Gintert, the best part of teaching industrial technology is watching his students come up with innovative ways to solve the problems posed in class assignments.

"I'm probably learning as much from them as they learn from me," he said. "They're coming up with ways to solve problems and design projects that I would never have thought of."

In his nomination of Gintert for Teacher of the Year, a colleague noted that Gintert has revolutionized his classroom in the transition from industrial arts to industrial technology.

"He has given an unbelievable amount of time and effort to change his entire program," the nomination reads.

Many teachers have come to Gintert for assistance in their classrooms, according to the nomination form.

"He has never turned a teacher or student away," the nomination reads. "We should honor Brad this year as he does so much more than anyone in our district knows or understands."

Superintendent Andy Culp and Chief Academic Officer Jamie Lusher review Teacher of the Year nominations with input from administrators, said Hayley Head, executive assistant to the superintendent.

The district's win-win committee reviews nominations and selects the recipient of the classified employee award, she said.

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