Mr. Richard A. Colelli




    Attainment of National Board Certification; November 2010

    Attainment of Distinguished Technology Educator (DTE)  March 2015

    Dear Richard,


    As Chair of ITEEA's Distinguished Technology and Engineering Professional Committee, it gives me great pleasure to share some excellent news. I am pleased to tell you that you are being recognized for outstanding performance, leadership, and accomplishments in the field of technology and engineering education. This honor is bestowed by a committee of expert peer reviewers who have determined that you have earned one of the highest honors of achievement that may be granted. 


    This honor, known as the Distinguished Technology and Engineering Professional (DTE) professional designation is based upon documented evidence of your leadership/management skills, continuing participation in association education programs, and demonstration of leadership in association, community, and personal activities.


    The DTE professional program acknowledges the essential principles of adult learning and incorporates both recognition and credit for the work experiences and accomplishments you have earned. You may share this honor as a mark of distinction that is reflective of your success.


    We are enthusiastic in providing you with this earned honor and have great confidence in your leadership, knowledge, and passion for technology and engineering education.  We thank you for your investment in students, and have a deep level of respect for your unique abilities to inspire, engage and lead learners toward their future.


    You will receive your recognition at the Teacher Excellence General Session of the ITEEA conference in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on Friday March 27, 2015. We ask that you be dressed in professional attire and arrive by 8:45 am so that you may be seated near the stage. Upon completion of the General Session please meet with ITEEA Communications Director, Katie de la Paz, who may arrange for a group photograph. 


    Again, I personally write this letter with the greatest of confidence and honor.




    Lynn Basham, DTE

    DTE Committee Chair

    Supervisory Coursework        Millersville University of Pennsylvania; May 2004

                                                  Major:  Technology Education

    Master of Science                   North Carolina A&T State University;   Dec. 1991

                                                  Major:  Industrial Arts/Technology Education

    Bachelor of Science                California University of Pennsylvania;   May 1986

                                                  Major:  Industrial Arts/Technology Education

    Certification Degree               Hobart School of Welding Technology; May 1979

                                                  Major:  Structural Welding



     Professional Experience   September 1999 to Present

    Teacher, Southern Lehigh High School

    Coordinator, STEM ANIMATION event, national Technology Student Association Leadership Conferences.  Coordinate judges, design finalist interview questions, logistics, scoring. etc.

    Transforming Teaching through Implementing Inquiry (T212) Project

    North Carolina State University and Virginia Tech University - Writing Workshop (2012, 2013) 

    The writing workshop will permit research and development for the generation of the initial version of the learning object to be pilot tested during the 2012-2013 school year. The format of each learning object will consist of a brief topic overview, its prospective impact on learning, the procedures or considerations in classroom implementation, its efficacy of implementation, and a brief check for understanding.  North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina

    Present Professional Conferences

    Technology Engineering and Educators Association - Camp Hill 2005  Program Excellence (Presenter)

    Technology Engineering and Educators Association - Camp Hill 2010 National Board Cetification (Presenter)

    International Technology and Engineering Educators Assocaition Long Beach, CA 2011 National Board Certification (Presenter)

    2012 United States Science and STEM Festival- Potomac State College, Kyser, WV 2013  Designing Educational Video Games (Presenter)

    2014 -  40th Annual Pennsylvania Career and Technical Education Conference (presenter, "Designing Educational Video Games") 


  • Published, Technology Education Association of Pennsylvania (TEAP Journal 2006 & 2011)

    Published, Technology Teacher (ITEEA) 2006

    Published, “Voices” PSEA Newsletter (April 2011)

    Published TEEAP Journal and ITEEA Technology Teacher (Fall 2011)




    North Carolina Technology Student Association Advisor of the Year (1990)

    NCTEA - North Carolina "Teacher Excellence" Award (1991)

    ITEA -International "Teacher Excellence" Award (1991) Baltimore, Maryland

    TEAP - Pennsylvania “Program Excellence” Award (2005-2006)

    ITEA - International "Program Excellence" Award,  Baltimore, Maryland

    Inclusion in “Who’s Who Among American Teachers” (2005-2006) (2006-2007)

    Inclusion in “Outstanding American Teachers National Honor Roll” (2006-2007)

    Awarded Numerous District Wide Mini-Grants ($85,000)

    TEEAP - Pennsylvania "Program Excellence" Award (2010-2011)

    ITEEA - International "Program Excellence" Award, Minneapolis, Minnesota

  • Andre Award 2011-2012  This recognition is awarded to the author or co-authors of an article that has contributed to the goals and standards of TEEAP and promotes the organization as well as technology & engineering education profession. Each year's recipient is selected by a committee made of up the the TEEAP President, Immediate Past President and the editor of the TEEAP Journal.

  • 2012-2013 TSA "Chapter Excellence" Award.  National Conference, Orlando, Florida (Thank you past and present students for all of your hard work.)
  • 2013-2014 ITEEA "Emerging Leader Award"  Orlando, Florida

    2014-2015 California University of PA "Established Leader" faculty award. Department of Industry and Technology.

    Epsilon Pi Tau (2015) Region One Professional Practice Award.

    Current Professional and Academic Association Memberships

  • Phi Delta Kappa International

  • Epsilon Pi Tau

  • International Technology Engineering & Education Association

  • Pennsylvania Technology Engineering & Education Association

  • National Education Association

  • Pennsylvania State Education Association

  • State and National Technology Student Association

  • Manufacturing

    • Rapid Prototyping; Subtractive Material Processes, Additive Material Processes, Engraving of Various Materials.
    • Just-In-Time Manufacturing Processes.

    Mechanical Drafting & Design Courses

    • Geometric Board Drafting

    Computer Aided Drafting & Design

    • 2D and 3D Engineering/Architectural CAD
    • 3D Engineering/Architectural CAD Animation Principles

    Rapid Prototyping Processes

  • Stereo lithography transfer into Prototypes
  • 3D Pinting Additive Material Rapid Prototyping

  • CNC Milling Substractive Material Rapid Prototyping


    Amatrol, Inc. Modular Equipment



    1999 to Present Department & District:


    K-12 Technology Education Coordinator High School Subject Leader (2004-2012)

    • Provide for the coordination and continuous improvement of the Southern Lehigh School District program at the instructional level.
    • Knowledge of the growth and development of children and the necessary techniques for their instruction in at various grade levels in the subject area.
    • Facilitate and inspire student learning and creativity.
    • Lead, motivate, and challenge staff and students in a positive and productive manner as demonstrated by past experiences.
    • Interact with peers, administrators, and curriculum department in a professional and collaborative manner.
    • Use data as it relates to improving student achievement and operations.
    • Model digital age work and learning.  Design and develop digital age learning experiences and assessments and promote and model digital citizenship and responsibility.
    • Annual Budgetary Responsibilities
    • Restructuring Middle School Technology Education Program to Align with Science & Technology Standards (2002 – Ongoing) 
    • Selection of Relevant Industrial CADD Software Programs & Equipment
    • Awarded $85,000.00 in District Mini-Grants for Program Improvement (2003-present)
      • The purpose of the Southern Lehigh Mini Grant Program is to support innovative ideas that will enhance or enrich programs for the benefit of the students; increase efficiency or effectiveness in the workplace; or contribute to the development of new or growth of existing partnerships within the Southern Lehigh School District. 
      • Data gathering: Collect student data (surveys, test results, etc.)
        • Research & Analysis of Information:
        • Research international studies, national studies, state standards, teacher experiences, best practices of instruction & content;
        • Attend content area conferencesStatus of Program K-12:
        • Analyze effectiveness & best practices of current program (gap/overlap analysis)
        • Synthesis of findings: Summarize findings of what is & what should be to present to curriculum council
        • Curriculum Council: Share with curriculum council for review and feedback
        • Action Plan Development: Create action plans based on feedback recommendations from curriculum council
        • Staff Development: Provide supporting staff development for programs & best practices in instructional strategies
        • Curriculum writing: Begin preliminary curriculum writing & review of resources
        • Implementation: Teach new curriculum using new resources
        • Evaluation: Determine effectiveness of implementation
        • Revisions: Make appropriate adjustments to course of study/curriculum
        • Analysis: Check data to determine if curriculum, assessments, instructional strategies, programs, & resources are successful in meeting student goals
        • Ongoing Research: Read and review best practices in instruction and content
      • Instill in students leadership and opportunities in technology, innovation, design and engineering.  Members apply STEM concepts through co-curricular programs.
      • Enhance technological literacy and leadership skills
      • Work on complex activities from start to finish
      • Compete on local, state and national levels
      • Develop leadership skills
      • Meet and work with business and industry leaders
      • Attend organized meetings
      • Network with students and teachers with similar interests from all over the United States
      • Contribute time and effort to a national service project
      • Receive national membership services, including the online TSA newsletter, School Scene,
      • Receive recognition through TSA’s honor society, scholarships and achievement programs
      • Have a voice in a national organization that is helping to shape the future of technology education
      • Numerous top five regional, state, and national placements.
      • Judge and Coordinator for numerous Pennsylvania and National Technology Student Association Competitive EventsStrategic Planning Committee (2002)
      • Set and achieve specific goals in order to continue transforming our school to provide the highest quality learning opportunities for our students while we strive for an environment where all employees can be successful.
      • Facilitating a shared mission, vision and goals.
      • Review our mission statement and vision for the district, define our beliefs and values, and set measurable goals to achieve our mission, vision, and practice our beliefs and values.
      • Attend and Present, at 2004 State TSA Conference, Jaguar Formula One Competition.  Requirement for Supervisory Certification; Millersville University of Pennsylvania
      •  Attend Annual TEEAP Conference, Camp Hill, PA The Technology Engineering & Education Association of Pennsylvania's purpose is to define, stimulate, coordinate and strive for the improvement and strengthening of Technology Education programs in Pennsylvania as a vital aspect of education for all students on all levels:  elementary, secondary and post-secondary. We also exist to promote the improvement of the quality of instruction in Technology Education by assisting educators, students and all others concerned to keep instructional content, methods, and facilities current with the rapid changes in industry and technology.