2018 Nassau BOCES Education Partner Award Honoree
Nassau BOCES Barry Tech
There is no question about Edward Stella’s commitment as an educator. He arrives early to school each morning and can often be found staying late to grade papers, prepare lessons and improve upon instruction, expanding it to include the latest automotive trends and the most up-to-date technology.
Mr. Stella raises the bar for his students and inspires them to take on the challenges he sets before them. With his encouragement, they take pride in what they do and always strive to do their best. His graduates often stay in touch with him, informing him of their progress and accomplishments, and thanking him for the positive impact he has had on their lives.
Mr. Stella has a more than full-time job teaching high school, yet he makes time to teach adult students in the Adult Education program. He works tirelessly to help enhance the automotive program at Barry Tech, collaborating with automotive centers and dealerships, as well as Snap-On Tools — the current industry standard — to help transform Barry Tech into one of the East Coast’s first Snap-On Automotive High School Training Centers.
Mr. Stella regularly devotes his personal time to visiting dealerships and auto shops to secure internships and employment prospects for his students, as well as to promote the Barry Teach automotive program. As a member of the school’s Site Based Management Team, he contributes to the ongoing development of curriculum and instruction throughout the school. He routinely communicates with parents to inform them of their children’s achievements and to discuss areas where they might improve.
“I love coming to work every day,” Mr. Stella of his life as an educator. “Helping my students to succeed also helps the industry, and it’s something that has always made me proud. Former students will call me up or stop in to see the shop, say hello and speak to the current students. They tell me how the classes actually helped them to pass their ASE certifications and how it helps them in today’s workforce.”