2019 Best of the Boat school teacher (K-12): Eric Nilsson
Talk about some serious street cred. Eric Nilsson used to work as a plutonium engineer for the U.S. Department of Energy. This, plus his ability to convey information to his students while keeping it fun, helped him rise to the top of the class as the year’s Best School Teacher two times running.
“I never considered becoming a science teacher. I thought I’d be an engineer forever,” says the Steamboat Springs High School instructor. “But I got to a point where I wanted to inspire the next generation. It’s their turn, especially with all the issues the world is facing. We need kids interested and excited about all this stuff.”
From having his students design packaging to keep eggs safe in a collision to constructing cardboard vessels to race across a swimming pool, he’s doing that and more.
“The engineering background is, ‘Let’s do it, let’s build stuff,’” he says. “There’s a real connection between building it and seeing it on paper.”
Click here to see the complete list of winners from 2019’s Best of the Boat.
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