Stan Sluzenski Named Teacher of the Year

By Kaileigh Deacon

Mr. Sluzenski was named the Technical & Career Education Teacher of the year for 2013-2014. He is the Building Trades Instructor at the St. Croix Regional Technical Center. (Photo by Kaileigh Deacon).

St. Croix Regional Technical Center is not only home to several programs instructing students in various trades but now they are home to the Career & Technical Education Teacher of the Year. Stan Sluzenski was named the Career & Technical Education Teacher of the year. 

Mr. Sluzenski has been a teacher at the St. Croix Regional Technical Center for the past sixteen years. Two years ago he was nominated for teacher of the year and did not receive the award. This year St. Croix Regional Technical Center Director Bob Moholland nominated Mr. Sluzenski again and he was selected. 

“Mr. Sluzenski’s teaching style is engaging and interactive, and students in his classroom walk away each day with vast amounts of new knowledge, but with the memory of having a great time while gleaning that knowledge. This is what makes Stan one of the most popular teachers at our school.” Moholland said is his letter of recommendation. Five other letters of recommendation from friends, coworkers, and former students were submitted on behalf of Mr. Sluzenski.

Mr. Sluzneski is the Building Trades instructor teaching St. Croix Regional Technical Center students all that he has learned from his own education and experience in the field of carpentry. In his class students not only received education in a class room setting but in hands on experience as well. The students in his class get practical experience in trades they can pursue after graduation. In most classes students get certifications that will carry over to the work force, like OSHA certification. 

When asked what the most memorable part of teaching he said. “What has happened time and time again over the years, the most memorable thing is the students saying that they are coming to school so they can go to my class. To have someone that dedicated to my class that they do all their work and get through to graduation, is wonderful.”

The St. Croix Regional Technical Center is all about working together not just between the programs like the cooperation of building the Early Childhood Development building but with the community as well. “I want to really thank all the people in the community. The local businesses help us out with donations and support, that’s the great part about working in this environment.” In addition to donations members of the community serve on the advisory board for the SCRTC and several of the projects of the Building Trades class can be seen around town. 

Currently Mr. Sluzenski is working on his Masters Degree in Educational Leadership, furthering his own education to help his students with theirs. “Education is key to advancing your career.”