Unaka High School teacher recognized by 3M at Collision Repair Academy

Published 9:28 pm Wednesday, September 22, 2021

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Students at schools across the City of Elizabethton and Carter County alike are always being recognized for their hard work and achievements, doing great things in and out of the classroom.

However, there are also many teachers who instruct students that are also receiving great opportunities due to their effort in their respective fields.

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One of these instructors is Unaka High School’s Scotty Johnson, who teaches the collision repair course at the school. Johnson was recently selected to take part in the Collision Repair Academy on July 19th through the 22nd in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Johnson spoke about how he was chosen to go the course, saying, “It was a very selective process, as there were only eight people in the world that were contacted and selected to go. I had to write an essay describing why this program would be beneficial to me as an instructor in the field.”

“It was a very exciting experience, as it was entirely paid for and there were many individuals from Ford and Chrysler there to speak about repair procedures and update us about where they are looking to go in the future.”

However, learning was not the only thing that Johnson did while he was at the academy, as there were many instances for him to have some hands on experience.

“On the last day there was an award given out for who performed the best during the week, and it accumulated throughout every repair procedure we took part in. The final event was a custom paint contest on a small scale car, and at the end we were judged on our performance.”

“In the end, they judged that my paint job was the best out of all eight participants, and I was given an award for first place as well as one for being instructor of the week.”

In his closing remarks, Johnson was thankful, saying, “It was a great opportunity for me as well as a way to help improve my program here at the school. It was truly a once in a lifetime opportunity that I am so glad that I was able to attend.”