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Northeast Times | September 27, 2022

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Keller Center for Advanced Learning Engineering Teacher Philip Youngblood was among a select group of educators to earn an honor from Project Lead The Way (PLTW) for their outstanding efforts to empower and inspire students.

Seventy-six PLTW Outstanding Teachers were selected for demonstrating a strong record of work that aligns with PLTW strategic goals:

Delivering an inspiring and empowering students experience with a commitment to student needs, success implementing PLTW above and beyond his/her peers, and by inspiring students to apply learning beyond the classroom.
Expanding access to PLTW programs by promoting PLTW in the school and community.
Transforming teaching by demonstrating leadership within the classroom, school, or district, using innovative methods to engage students in activity-, project-, problem-based learning, and actively pursuing professional and personal development.

Youngblood has been teaching in Keller ISD for 18 years, serving the students of Hillwood Middle School, Central High School, and now Keller Center for Advanced Learning.

“Through his tireless efforts and passion for engineering, this program grew quickly,” Keith Killibrew, Keller ISD Career and Technical Education Coordinator, said. “He welcomed young engineers who liked to use their hands and who could work together to accomplish a goal to come together to form the first middle school robotics club in Keller ISD.”

Youngblood has also worked diligently outside of the classroom to continue to further his professional development by becoming a PLTW-certified Master Teacher. PLTW Master Teachers are exemplary instructors appointed by PLTW to facilitate professional development on a national scale. They act as instructional role models, ambassadors of PLTW, and mentors to teachers in PLTW’s network and by doing so, inspire and empower teachers as they engage with their content and advance their teaching practices.

Today, Youngblood teaches at the Keller Center for Advanced Learning where he leads Keller ISD’s Robotics program. Under his leadership, Keller ISD’s FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Team recently placed in the top tier at the World Championship held in Houston in the Spring of 2019.

“Success hasn’t diminished his undying enthusiasm for what he does best – and that is connecting with students and changing the lives of so many under his tutelage,” Killibrew said. “I have always been in awe of his ambition to provide a truly unique experience to his students. His passion to go above and beyond, and his enthusiasm for his craft made it an easy choice to nominate him for this award. I also have the good fortune of working closely with our regional PLTW executive team and they too thought he was an excellent choice to receive the very prestigious award. We are truly fortunate to have a quality educator like Phillip Youngblood in Keller ISD.”