Retired Hillsboro teacher honored as state's Tech Champ
Retired teacher Don Domes is still active in the classroom, long after his last days at Hillsboro High School in 2014.
The former career technical education teacher recently received the Tech Champion Award from the Technology Association of Oregon for his continuing work to educate children about technology.
Domes is the first K-12 educator to be honored with the title.
"The Tech Champion Award recognizes a leader outside the tech community who has made a powerful impact on the Oregon and Southwest Washington industry," said Skip Newberry, president and CEO at TAO. "Don has worked tirelessly on tech education in the region, delivering and finding funding for innovative programming to develop more knowledgeable, adaptable and enterprising students. His impact on our industry and in the lives and careers of thousands of students in Oregon is great. I can't think of a person more deserving of the Tech Champion award."
Throughout his career, Domes has actively been involved in countless local and statewide programs including Oregon Robotics Tournament Outreach Program, the Oregon Computer Science Teachers Association, the Lemelson-MIT InvenTeam Program, Washington County Kids, TechStart, the Digital Literacy Professional Development Grant and Hillsboro School District's Outside School Time STEAM program.
Domes can still be found teaching workshops like his LEGO Robotics workshop for the Oregon Science Teachers Association at their conferences throughout the year, which helps teachers prepare and educate students about technical education including engineering.
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