QUINCY (WGEM) — Quincy Area Vocational Technical Center teacher Richard Gregory was awarded the November WGEM Golden Apple Award.
Fifteen years ago Richard Gregory left his corporate job at Chrysler to return home to the classroom. He took over teaching automotive classes at QAVTC.
“I actually took it over from my mentor and it was kind of nice to come back to a program that I already knew and have kept it going,” Gregory said.
Gregory has dedicated his shop to his mentor Dan Buckley and he’s passing on the skills he learned to the next generation.
“He’s probably the best teacher I’ve ever had,” QAVTC student Kody Flesner said.
“Funny. He’s very, very funny. He jokes about a lot of things,” student Kaleb Reinold said.
Gregory says he strives to teach his students the skills to succeed.
“Not only the technical skills, but also life skills. A lot of these children, students needs some help and some encouragement and some positive thinking in life,” Gregory said.
Two of Gregory’s senior students, Flesner and Reinold, nominated Gregory for the Golden Apple Award.
They credit their success at QAVTC to Gregory’s positive reinforcement and commitment to helping them both in and outside the classroom. Both say Gregory was instrumental in guiding them toward a career in the automotive industry.
“He helps you with anything anytime. He’ll take time out of his day to help you out,” Flesner said.
“He helps me want to be a better person at what I do,” Reinold said.