John P. Ord, Teacher
2 Masters in Technical Education and School Administration, administering at a technical school. Former Occupations –Diesel Mechanic, graduate of Engine City Tech in Union, NJ
12 years of painting and paperhanging, 15 years of Diesel Mechanics & teaching truck mechanics, 30 years of Vocational Education,10 yrs. teaching Truck Mechanics, 10 years as a CIE/ Apprenticeship coordinator, 10 years Admin.
Technical and academics combined to post-secondary level.
Engine City Tech 18 mos. OJT as a painter and Mechanic
Started with a good attitude and enjoyed hands-on work. The rest just followed.
Too Long ago
School Admin- long days, early until late. Working with grades 9 thru 12, very challenging, very rewarding.
If you don’t get to work on time, don’t bother coming in at all (from my grandfather when painting houses). During the depression, the only ones who had jobs were the teachers (from my father who was a steam fitter).
Show up on time and be prepared to get dirty.
For the last ten years I have been working at a technical school that has combined college prep academics with technical/vocational education. Seeing the self-esteem of the graduates is great.