SBC-Seattle Albert Meerscheidt Educator of the Year Award
June 24, 2014
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Lead Instructor Albert Meerscheidt at Sanford-Brown College in Seattle brings complex IT concepts to life in his classroom, drawing upon his decades of industry experience working for companies like Boeing, Microsoft and Intel. Albert earned the Educator of the Year in the Instruction category for Career Schools for the collaborative learning process he creates in each of his classes, tailoring his instruction to meet the learning styles of students.
Teaching often complex technology concepts, Albert knows he must serve the student in the way they learn best. His students appreciate his hand-on approach to teaching. He clearly demonstrates IT concepts so students can best comprehend and engage with the technology.
The collaborative environment he fosters was seen recently in his Introduction to Computer Hardware class, when a couple of students suggested that mineral oil might be used to cool a computer. While not a practical real-world application, he recognized the learning opportunity inherent in trying.
By building the oil-cooled computer – which did in fact work – he provided an engaging process through which his students dis-assembled and re-assembled a computer. Through the challenge of building a computer that would actually work submerged in oil, his students gained a more thorough understanding of how a desktop computer functions and how to troubleshoot system problems.
In the Instruction category, judges looked for the instructor who exhibits knowledge in the field of study and creates a learning environment that facilitates interaction between the student and the teacher, student engagement with the content, and collaboration among learners.
Albert Meerscheidt has over ten years of experience as a full-time instructor teaching computer classes at Boeing Defense and Space group. He taught a variety of subjects including Windows installation and troubleshooting, Microsoft Office, Microsoft Project, networking essentials, various database programs, and programming in a variety of computer courses / languages including C, C++, Java, Visual Basic, Win 32 API programming, and X Windows Motif. Meerscheidt has also been a project manager, a finance manager, a helpdesk manager, an IT department manager and lead for a variety of software documentation teams. As a technical/programmer writer, Meerscheidt worked on an assortment of Microsoft products/teams including Exchange, MOF, New Markets, SharePoint, Office, Xbox, and Windows Server. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington and an MBA from the University of Puget Sound.