From Industry to the Classroom: One professional's story of dedication to students

Posted by DEVRA ASHBY on 1/21/2022 9:00:00 AM

SEAYWhat does true dedication to teaching students look like? One might say Craig Seay is demonstrating this in his new role as the state's FIRST Telecommunications Technologies career pathway instructor. You see, Mr. Seay didn't take the traditional route of becoming a teacher. 

Mentoring and teaching young people in the technology industry seems to run in Mr. Seay’s DNA. He’s not only worked for seven years as a D11 District Support Technician, serving elementary, middle, and high schools by troubleshooting and repairing various technologies, but he has a background of training others on his vast knowledge.

Mr. Seay is a retired USAF F-15 Aircraft Maintenance Technician and instructor who served 13 years overseas in Europe and Japan. At Sabin Middle School in D11, Mr. Seay helped students learn the aspects of D11 network administration. He holds a Colorado Department of Education authorization to teach information technology courses, which he is thrilled to do in the newest D11 pathway program, Telecommunications Technologies. In addition, he holds a Bachelor of Science in Aeronautics with a minor in Aviation Safety from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, and Associate of Science degrees in Instructor of Technology and Military Science and Aviation Maintenance Technology from Community College of the Air Force.

Mr. Seay’s military past in the fighter aircraft community includes experience in aircraft maintenance, technical instruction, program administrator duties, small unit network administrator, and section supervisor. In addition, Mr. Seay’s career and educational highlights include:

  • Taught college accredited technical science courses;
  • Built and installed 18 computers in schools, pulled network cables;
  • Installed copper and fiber optics in two 8,000 sqft maintenance hangars during renovation;
  • Federal Communication Commission Technician class radio license.

Mr. Seay is excited and ready to begin his role helping D11 launch the state's very first telecommunications pathway, helping students move toward success in a fast-moving, high-demand industry. We are thrilled to have someone like Mr. Seay working with students to prepare them for a lifetime of success!

For more information on this pathway and the other award-winning D11 Career and Technology Education Pathways, visit www.d11.org/cte