Educator Training Webinar Series
Welcome to the 2022-23 Educator Training Webinar Series
This 100% virtual event will take place monthly throughout the '22-'23 school year and is available for a one-time access subscription. This series will feature specific topics to enhance the knowledge, delivery, and support of high school and post-secondary marine service tech instructors as well as industry trainers across the country. Whether your school has a successful program, just got on-board with the ABYC curriculum, or is looking to teach marine service, this event is for you! Free for ABYC Foundation Affiliated and Accredited Schools, and ABYC Manufacturing-Level Members and up.
September 20, 2022: Teaching Technical Topics
Wondering how to present and deconstruct complex topics into consumable lessons or projects? Taking cues from the Food Network, this session centers itself around designing with the end in mind by showing the finished dish first. With a backwards design approach, we will unpack how to design the big picture and introduce ingredients along the way. This approach can be used to create a new course, project, or lesson. Using a competency-driven framework to ensure that learning is actionable and measurable, we will show implemented examples from the presenter’s own experience.
Nathaniel St. Jean, Construction Learning and Development
October 12, 2022: Don't Reinvent the Wheel: 8 Resources You Should Know
In this session, you will learn about information sources and teaching tools that will amplify your ability to bridge the gap between the marine industry and your students. Included: ABYC Foundation’s new Affiliated School program, the new Marine Trades Accreditation Program, and ABYC Curriculum, textbook, workbooks, and more.
Margaret Podlich, ABYC Foundation
David Broadbent, ABYC
November 21, 2022: Electrical Do's & Don'ts: A Visual Journey
In this session, ABYC education team will share some simple ways you can demonstrate the importance of installing electrical systems correctly (and what happens when you don’t!).
Mike Bonicker, ABYC
December 13, 2022: Boatyard and Marina Safety Considerations
Depending on services provided by the marina or boatyard, it is very likely employees may be exposed to the potential hazards identified in OSHA’s Top 10 list. This session will help educators introduce the concepts of workplace safety, hazard recognition, and compliance with OSHA Standards.
Robert Smith, Fisher Phillips Safety Solutions
January 25, 2023: How People Learn
Over the last century, researchers have been fascinated with understanding the ways in which individuals acquire new information and are able to apply that learning throughout their daily lives. As this research grows, we continue to make important discoveries about the varied ways that the contexts in which we learn—whether that be sociocultural factors of who we are and what we bring to learning or the construction of the learning environment—fundamentally impact and shape learning. Throughout this presentation, you will learn more about these insights of how people learn and walk away with a deeper understanding of how to apply these new insights.
Amy Stevens, National Academy of Sciences
February 14, 2023: Educating Future Fiberglass Composite Boatbuilders
With experience teaching at a technical college, as well as working at Brunswick, Andrew will give attendees a basic understanding of composite boatbuilding skills as well as existing resources to help you teach about fiberglass. He will provide insights into emerging technologies, and examples of technical topics translated to hands-on practice opportunities for students.
Andrew Pokelwaldt, American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA)
March 14, 2023: What the Industry Wants
Earlier this year, ABYC surveyed its members--active marine-oriented companies--specifically for this conference. This session will share the companies’ workforce concerns for the future, characteristics they see in younger and older what they look for in new hires, and what they’d really like to say to potential employees and current instructors.
Margaret Podlich, ABYC Foundation
April 12, 2023: Fundamental Trailer Repair
The vast majority of boats in the US are kept on boat trailers. As a result, training students about the top trailer repairs can be a great skillset for their future. In this session, we will cover common parts and repairs needed for trailers, such as wheels, bearings, lights, hubs, and brakes.
John Adey, ABYC
May 11, 2023: Marine System Training Aids
Educators are constantly looking for valuable, cost-effective training aids. In this session, ABYC instructors will walk through the design of various training aids, such as a simple bilge pump board. These tools can be used many different ways to help your future technicians understand the common systems they will see in the field. If you want to build along with us, we will send out a parts list in advance.
Mike Boniker, ABYC
ABYC Director of Education
Dave is responsible for management of all ABYC education courses as well as developing future programs. Prior to this, Dave was in our Tech Department, helping to develop ABYC standards. He worked as a FedEx account manager and as an officer in the US Army before returning to his nautical roots. Dave is a University of Rhode Island graduate, as well as a graduate from the International Yacht Restoration School (IYRS) Marine Systems program in Newport. He is a USCG Licensed Captain and has experience with both near and offshore yacht delivery. In his spare time David spends time with his wife and dogs as well as sailing in Sandy Hook Bay. He enjoys sanding old wood floors and craft beers.
David can be reached at:
- (410) 990-4460 x119
Margaret Bonds Podlich is the Executive Director of the nonprofit ABYC Foundation, working to address the nationwide shortage of marine service techs by providing resources to instructors and students, and connecting with the industry. Prior to this she consulted for a variety of marine companies. She left BoatU.S. in 2016 after 22 years leading their environmental work, governmental policy, and then president. She has been recognized with the 2014 Darlene Briggs National Marine Industry Woman of the Year, 2016 Distinguished Service Award from the National Sailing Industry, and the 2020 Boating Industry Movers and Shakers runnerup. Margaret is “Most likely to be found on the water on paddlecraft, power or sailboats.”
ABYC Lead Instructor
American Boat and Yacht Council, Inc.
Mike Bonicker worked with Tidewater Yacht Service in Baltimore for over 20 years, starting as a tech for 5 years doing general repair, electrical and sailboat rigging. He climbed the ranks and became production manager for the remaining 15, still doing hands-on electrical and sailboat rigging work throughout his tenure.
He received his first ABYC certification, Electrical, under the instruction of Ed Sherman at New England Institute of Technology in 2000 and became a Master Tech with Standards and Corrosion by 2005.
Additionally, he has served with pride on the board of the Marine Trades Association of Maryland for over 12 years.
Boating started as a teenager for Mike when he learned to sail at 13 and raced for over 20 years and he's been a life-long fisherman from the age of 5 owning several boats both sail and power along the way.
Mike can be reached at:
- (410) 990-4460 x121
American Boat & Yacht Council, Inc.
In 2012, John Adey became the President of the American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC), having served in several staff positions since 2002. John has his MBA with a specialty in nonprofit organization management and is an ABYC Certified Master Technician. John is a member of the USCG Boating Safety Advisory Council, a Red Cross certified lifeguard instructor trainer, US Masters swimmer and an avid Chesapeake Bay boater. In his spare time he enjoys inventing new swear words while working on he and his daughters 24 year old jeep, Taylor ham egg and cheese breakfast sandwiches, dunkin’ donuts coffee and anything cooked on a weber charcoal grill.
American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA)
Andrew Pokelwaldt is the Director, Certification for the American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA). Andrew has 27 years of experience in training, leadership and operations. His composites experience includes managing training and development for a multi plant fiberglass boat manufacturer, director of a technical community college advanced composites program and gelcoat/fiberglass repair work. He worked as a dual career certified teacher and military reservist and is now retired after 24 years of military service. His military training experience included positions in the U.S. and abroad including a year executing training and combat operations with the Iraqi Army in Diyala province.
Andrews experience in past nationwide presentations and training include numerous composites, advanced materials, manufacturing leadership and workforce improvement topics. His expertise in composites manufacturing includes boatbuilding, aerospace manufacturing, automotive and recreational products.
Mr. Pokelwaldt holds an EdS in School administration, MS and BA in Education, is a certified CCT-Instructor, Senior Professional in Human Resources SPHR and holds numerous technical certifications in advanced composites, project management, safety, manufacturing quality, marine manufacturing, compliance, Six Sigma, personnel and job profile assessments
Amy Stephens, PhD
Senior Program Officer
National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
Amy Stephens, PhD, is a Senior Program Officer for the Board on Science Education (BOSE) at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. In this capacity, she has directed several consensus studies on a variety of topics to include English learners in STEM subjects, preschool through elementary science and engineering education, the teacher workforce, and how STEM opportunities can cultivate interest and the development of competencies for computing. Dr. Stephens is an adjunct professor for Southern New Hampshire University and has an extensive background in behavioral and functional neuroimaging techniques. Dr. Stephens received her PhD in Psychological and Brain Sciences from Johns Hopkins University with an emphasis in cognitive neuroscience.
Fisher Phillips Safety
Robert Smith, a Safety Consultant in the Fisher Phillips Workplace Safety practice group, brings valuable skills to any organization looking to enhance its safety compliance programs.
An experienced safety professional with a diverse background across manufacturing operations, management, business development, regulatory compliance, employee training and personnel development, Robert works with small to large companies to develop and deliver employee training, perform site safety audits, and leverage technology to improve safety cultures. He has significant experience working with clients in the construction, marine, healthcare, automotive, manufacturing, and heavy industrial industries. Robert’s familiarity with OSHA regulations, coupled with a results-oriented approach to safety program management, helps him directly contribute to our clients’ success.
Robert earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Human Resources and Personnel Development from Virginia Wesleyan University. He also earned a Master’s Degree in Occupational Safety and Health from Columbia Southern University and is an OSHA-Authorized Outreach Trainer.