About Brian Copes

Phone: (205) 685-6700


Degrees and Certifications:

Educational Experience: Certificate in Educational Leadership 2005 University of Montevallo, Montevallo, Alabama Master degree in Vocational Education 2000-2002 Indiana State University, Terre Haute, Indiana Bachelor Degree in 1989-1992 Industrial Technology Education Indiana State University, Terre Haute, Indiana Associate Degree in 1987-1989 Building Materials Technology Vincennes University, Vincennes, Indiana Work Experience: Pre Engineering Teacher 2014 - present Alabaster City Schools Alabaster, Alabama Adjunct Professor 2015 - 2016 Jefferson State Community College Birmingham, Alabama Pre Engineering Teacher 2005 - 2014 Shelby County Schools Shelby County, Alabama Industrial Technology Teacher 1997 - 2004 Mooresville High School Mooresville, Indiana Technical Graphics Adjunct Professor 1999 - 2004 Indiana University Purdue University- Indianapolis, Indianapolis, Indiana Carpenter/Job Planner 1995 - 2004 Roland Smith Indianapolis, Indiana Union Journeyman Carpenter 1996-1997 Whittenberg Construction Louisville, Kentucky Union Journeyman Carpenter 1995-1996 Kenneth Smock and Associates Indianapolis, Indiana Industrial Technology Teacher 1994-1995 Warren Central High School Indianapolis, Indiana Industrial Technology Teacher 1992-1994 Oak Forest High School Oak Forest, Illinois Summer Institute of Linguistics Ukarumpa, Vocational training of Nationals Papua New Guinea in construction and cabinetry 1999 Teen Missions International Ukraine (Soviet Union) Participated as leader, team builder, and 1991 teacher in summer foreign missions, which included the construction of schools, churches, Pakistan, Asia and other community facilities. 1990 Philippines 1989 Brazil, South America 1986 Liberia, Africa 1985 Certification, Awards, and Achievements: Top 50 Teachers in the World 2017 Global Teacher Prize Varkey Foundation Honorary Colonel 2017 Governor Robert Bentley State of Alabama Life Changer of the Year Finalist 2017 National Life Group The Presidential Volunteer Service Award 2016 Silver Level The Corporation for National and Community Service Honorary Lieutenant Governor 2016 Innovative educational techniques and practices Lieutenant Governor Kay Ivey The Presidential Volunteer Service Award 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award The Corporation for National and Community Service Documentary "You Changing the World" 2013 Rough draft of the Sequel to Children Changing the World Filmed about my students work in Honduras 2014 https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B56EZ33A0MfhM1c3ejlkVDg4WTg/view?usp=sharing Environmental Teacher of the Year 2014 Environmental Education Association of Alabama Office Depot: Adopt a Classroom 2014 One of ten nationally featured teachers https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JO2CogxlJJg&list=PLDesY8PTcIsjf9ghWH6p0kY8PqZszbFqd&index=7 Documentary "Children Changing the World" 2013 Filmed about my students trip to Honduras in 2012, Sequel planned for 2014 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IE0c4Im5dss Represented Society of Manufacturing 2013 Engineers Education Foundation Displayed students prosthetic leg at the Whitehouse Washington, DC The Presidential Volunteer Service Award 2013 Gold Achievement Award The Corporation National and Community Service Shelby County Schools Teacher of the Year 2013 Calera High School Teacher of the Year 2013 Alabama State, House Resolution 2012 PEOPLE Magazine Teacher of the Year Awarded PEOPLE Magazine 2012 Teacher of the Year. Certificate of appreciation 2012 (Mayor of Calera, Alabama). Awarded Society of Manufacturing 2012 Engineers Education Foundation’s Partnership Response in Manufacturing Education (Prime School) - (Top 15 manufacturing programs in the United States.) CLAS School Award 2012 (Counsel for Leaders in Alabama Schools Banner) School Certificate of appreciation 2011 (Mayor of Calera, Alabama). Honorary Lieutenant Governor 2011 Innovative educational techniques and practices Lieutenant Governor Kay Ivey Honorary Lieutenant Governor 2010 Innovative educational techniques and practices Lieutenant Governor Jim Folsom Alabama State Legislature, House Resolution 2010 Educational Leadership American Welding Society Educator of the Year 2010 Birmingham, Alabama Section Technology Student Association 2010 & 2011 Featured Club Allen Shepard Award as NASA Technology 2003 Teacher of the Year Award, National Association of Education Technology Specialist Golden Apple Award 2003 Indianapolis Power and Light Cisco Networking Academy Program 2001 Semesters I and 2 Certified Instructor Professional Development Academy 2001 Distinguished Member, Mooresville High School Mooresville Manufacturers Association 2001 Certificate of Appreciation and Plaque Journeyman Carpenter 1995 - 1996 Brotherhood of Carpenters Louisville Local # 758 Journeyman Carpenter 1996 - 1997 Brotherhood of Carpenters Indianapolis Local # 64 Industrial Technology Indiana Teacher Certificate, through the Illinois National Teacher’s Exam 1992 United States Gold Congressional Award 1990 For outstanding work in community service, Personal development and physical fitness Phi Theta Kappa, National Honor Society 1988 Vincennes University Dean’s List 1988 Vincennes University Boy Scouts of America Achieved rank of Eagle Scout, God and Country, Order of Arrow, Firecrafter, and World Conservation awards. Published Work: Published article 2013 Beyond Theory: Authentic Learning in the Field http://teamcfa.org/stories/beyond-theory-authentic-learning-in-the-field Featured in Authentic Learning Experiences: 2013 A Real-World Approach to Project-Based Learning Dayna Laur Routledge, Sep 27, 2013 - Education Featured in Delta SKY Magazine 2013 Profile: Alabama 21st-Century Training: Preparing Alabama’s Work Force for New Jobs Featured on FREQUENCY 2013 Office Depot (Adopt a Classroom) http://www.frequency.com/video/meet-brian-copes-whose-class-is-changing/140316507/-/5-757 Featured on America Now 2012 Daily television news magazine News you can really use Featured in Mastery Engine Company 2011 Corporate Publication www.cawaco.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/mec20180.pdf Featured in AFS American Foundry Society 2012 National Publication Sparking Creation Through Castings http://www.afsinc.org/applications/blog/Modern-Casting?Month=10&Year=2012 Featured in Society of Manufacturing Engineers 2012 Education Foundation Calera High School Secures PRIME Funding Alabama Manufacturers and Local Business Rally Support http://www.smeef.org/publications/detail/calera-high-school-secures-prime-funding-alabama-manufacturers-and-local Featured in Projecto Honduras 2012 Corporate Publication http://www.projecthondurasinternational.org/projecthondurasinternational/Calera_legs.html Featured in Easy Fit 2011 Corporate Publication http://www.easyfit.com/news/calera_high_school_students_win_iat_2011_buv_competition/ Featured in eGFI News for Teachers 2010 Help on Four Wheels http://archive.constantcontact.com/fs008/1102261797598/archive/1103757073591.html Featured in the Wall Street Journal 2010 Help Wanted. A Lot of It. Who’s going to fill the high-skilled jobs that a manufacturing resurgence requires? That’s the question companies and governments are trying to answer. http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424127887323744604578470890996410044 Article published 2005 Techdirections Magazine Electrathon Competition,A Technology Club’s Most Successful Project Links Schools and Industry Featured in 2004 TECHNIQUES Magazine Basic Utility Vehicle Competition Special Projects: Established Sister School 2016 Jutiapa, Honduras and Alabama Schools Third World Prosthetics 2010 - present Calera High School and Alabaster City Schools Invented prosthetic leg's for adults and youth 25 Hondurans are walking on these prosthetic legs Establish Alabama Electrathon Race for high 2011 - present School engineering students Electric Car Competition Electric Car Build – All electric Volkswagen 2014 – present Thompson High School, engineered and built Aquatic Wheel Chair 2015– present Thompson High School, engineered and built Presented to students with special needs Special Needs Tandem Bicycle 2013 - present Calera High School/ Thompson High School Ride Along 2015 – present Thompson High School students are being mentored on the establishment of a small business to market their tandem bicycle kits. Hydro Electric Power Plant 2013 - 2014 Calera High School, engineered, designed and installed in Jutiapa, Honduras Constructed a middle school/high school in 2014 Jutiapa, Honduras Built a basic utility vehicle 2014 Calera High School Used as a school bus, Jutiapa, Honduras Third World Prosthetics 2014 Invented arm from discarded bicycles Calera High School Built a Lift Wheel Chair 2014 Calera High School Basic Utility Vehicle 2011 IAT Collegiate Engineering Competition Calera High School, Water Well Drill Institute for Affordable Transportation (IAT) Placed first Open Class and first overall Founded a 501c3 Foundation 2010 SKY - Skilled Knowledgeable Youth Basic Utility Vehicle 2010 IAT Collegiate Engineering Competition Calera High School, 4X4 capable of plowing fields Placed first Open Class Basic Utility Vehicle 2009 IAT Collegiate Engineering Competition Calera High School, Ambulance Placed first Open Class Basic Utility Vehicle 2008 IAT Collegiate Engineering Competition Chelsea Middle School, School Bus Placed first Open Class Basic Utility Vehicle 2007 IAT Collegiate Engineering Competition Chelsea Middle School, Basic Vehicle Placed first Open Class

Mr. Brian Copes

Brian Copes has been recognized by the Varkey Foundation as one of the Top 50 Teachers in the World. He is currently teaching Engineering at Thompson High School in Alabaster, Alabama.

Mr. Copes moved to Alabama in 2008 and has many contributions to Career and Technical Education through the STEM curriculum. He has a passion not only to see his students reach their full potential but he infuses community service into his classroom. With Mr. Copes guidance his students have developed: prosthetic legs made from used automotive parts, a prosthetic arm from used bicycle parts, multiple basic utility vehicles, a hydroelectric power plant, a full size electric car, a high school electric car competition, aquatic wheel chairs, a kit that joins two bicycles side by side for handy capable individuals.

Mr. Copes has led his students on five trips to Honduras where they have fit twenty amputees with prosthetic limbs that his students made in class. Delivered three basic utility vehicles that his students engineered and fabricated. One of the vehicles is being used as an ambulance, a second was fitted with a water well drill and travels from village to village drilling for life giving water. The third is being used as a school bus, by one of the schools that he has established a sister school relationship with. His students also designed, built and delivered a hydroelectric power plant to a remote village in Honduras.

There has been two full length documentaries made about Mr. Copes and his students work in Honduras. Currently Mr. Copes is developing a sister school partnership between several schools in Honduras, Columbia and the USA. This will prepare our students to enter a twenty first century work force while providing the youth of Honduras with an advanced U.S. education. Mr. Copes has founded a 501 C3 called Skilled Knowledgeable Youth (SKY), which spreads STEM education around the world. Attached is a list of his work experience in Alabama, as well as a list of his accomplishments and awards. In 2012 Mr. Copes was PEOPLE Magazine Teacher of the year.