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StandOut Award Semi-Finalist

Meet Bryan Chase Haecker

Woodshop Teacher | San Antonio, TX

Bryan Chase Haecker made the decision to become a  teacher after working in the construction industry for 15 years because he wanted to do more with his professional experience and his degree in architectural interior design. A teacher for over 10 years, Bryan enjoys sharing his love of wood carpentry and construction with students from the 9th to the 12th grade, driving interest to an industry that is important but often overlooked.

Bryan has turned what some would consider a general elective into a class where students not only use their skills and knowledge for academic purposes but also to perform community service. Students have contributed wood carpentry services to Habitat for Humanity, built furniture and toys for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and more.

Chase Haecker is doing what I wish every school teacher could do: bringing his real-world experience into the classroom and making his classroom a place for students to get real-world experience. By treating his construction technology electives class like an actual construction job site and doing projects that will ultimately be used by the community, he is taking project-based learning to its highest level while simultaneously teaching students about the value of community service.