ABYC Foundation Names Educator of the Year | Soundings Trade Only

Marine service technology instructor Freddie Fowler from Manatee Technical College in Bradenton, Fla., is this year’s honoree.

GARY REICH – MAR 28, 2024

Freddie Fowler Teacher of the Year
Freddie Fowler, ABYC Foundation Educator of the Year, with his students at Manatee Technical College.

The ABYC Foundation yesterday named Freddie Fowler from Manatee Technical College in Bradenton, Fla., its 2023 Educator of the year. The annual award honors marine service technology instructors in a high school, post-secondary school or within the industry.

“Freddie’s repeated nominations by both students and the administration highlight the remarkable influence of his teaching,” accreditation director said Sarah Devlin said in a statement. “Manatee Technical College serves as an exemplary model, showcasing a program that successfully aligns its curriculum with job opportunities at the local, state and national levels.”

Fowler is a retired U.S. Marine Corps master sergeant.

“Under the instruction of Freddie Fowler, the Marine Service Technologies program has record enrollments, and new and renewed partnerships with, Yamaha, Mercury and Suzuki,” said Doug Wagner, director of Manatee Technical College, in his nomination. “The students upon graduation are having many locations to choose from for their careers.”

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