Geoffrey Sklar named the SC Air Force Teacher of the Year
Published on Friday, May 1, 2020
Cane Bay High engineering teacher Geoffrey "Geof" Sklar has been named the South Carolina Air Force Teacher of the Year.
The Air Force Association recognizes STEM educators for “outstanding classroom performance, collaborative initiatives, educational outreach, leadership, and significant impact in the school and community."
Sklar was nominated for his passion working with students in engineering and robotics. Since the onset of COVID-19, Sklar has remained involved in the community, printing filters and masks to be donated to area hospitals to assist those working in healthcare.
Sklar will go on to compete against 49 other teachers from around the country for the title of AFA National Teacher of the Year.
“Mr. Sklar exemplifies everything great about being a Cobra and a teacher in Berkeley County School District,” Assistant Principal Taylor Bradley said in a write-up. “We wish him luck in the national competition.”
Sklar has been a math and PLTW (Project Lead the Way) engineering teacher for BCSD for the past 26 years. He is a National Board Certified Teacher in Adolescent Math since 2006. He started the engineering program at Goose Creek High in 2011 and grew the program from 17 students to over 175 students within four years.
In 2019, Sklar transferred to Cane Bay High School to become the PLTW engineering teacher, FIRST Robotics Coach and VEX Robotics Coach. As the PLTW engineering teacher, he teaches engineering to more than 150 students. His FIRST Robotics team consists of 35 students and 12 adult mentors from Boeing, Bosch, Hardy Plank Industries, NIWC and financial institutions. Last year Viper Drive Robotics Team 3490 (FIRST) placed ninth at the Myrtle Beach Tournament out of 64 teams and first place out of 58 teams at the Knoxville Smoky Mountain Tournament.
He has numerous students participate in job shadowing and internships at Boeing, Berkeley Airport, NIWC and Bosch. Sklar is a tireless worker, who advocates for children with his rigorous STEM curriculum and hundreds of hours coaching robotics. He is a dedicated professional that goes beyond his normal teaching duties. Many of his students go into four-year engineering schools, military or other STEM related fields.
"Geoff Sklar is such a valuable asset To Cane Bay High School," Principal Tim McDowell said in an e-mail. "Not only is he a phenomenal Engineering teacher, but also sponsors our school's First Robotics team and our Vex team. He puts in countless hours after school and on weekends to assist his students to be the very best. Cobra Nation wishes Mr. Sklar a huge congratulations on this achievement."