Chris Hurd has taught for over 25 years in Cazenovia, NY; a small suburban community just outside Syracuse, and has a Masters Degree in Technology Education. His most recent claim to fame is being chosen as the 2016 PLTW Engineering Teacher of the Year.
His current teaching load is primarily focused on Computer Integrated Manufacturing, Digital Electronics, Principles of Engineering and Engineering Design & Development, all of which are offered through the Project Lead the Way Pre-Engineering Program for transcripted college credit. In addition to the PLTW classes, Mr. Hurd is involved in coordinating and teaching several other Career and Technology electives which are offered for college credit and are aimed at students entering two and four year institutions in a Technology or Engineering related field.
For the past 16 years, and presently, Chris Hurd is a Master Teacher for Project Lead the Way on a national level. He is trained to teach Computer Integrated Manufacturing to other educators across the nation who will be offering PLTW’s CIM course in their high schools and colleges. He has participated as a Master Teacher at the Oregon Institute of Technology, the University of South Florida, Sinclair Community College in Dayton, Ohio, CalPoly Pomona, University of Kentucky, and the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York. As a Master Teacher, Mr. Hurd also plays an integral role in rewriting the curriculum for CIM that is being taught in high schools across the country.
As CTE department leader in Cazenovia, the Technology Department was chosen as “CNY Technology Department of the Year”, and he received the honor ofCNY Teacher of the Year as well in 2010. In 2011, Cazenovia HS was also granted the prestigious “Model School“ award as well because of the success of their PLTW Pre-Engineering Program.