It is my mission as an educator to prepare my students to achieve their goals in the automotive industry. I know that not all my students will grow up to be technicians but they all most likely will own a car. Maxwell gives me the opportunity to have students explore careers in the automotive industry and make educated decisions on their options.
Automotive Technology Diploma, Dekalb Technical College
PACTE, University of Georgia
2017 TIEGA Teacher Of The Year
2014-15 Maxwell High School -Teacher Of The Year
2014 Trade and Industrial Educators of Georgia Association (TIEGA) - New Teacher Of The Year
2014 Georgia Association for Career and Technical Education (GACTE)- New Teacher Of The Year Nominee
2014 Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) - Trade and Industrial Education Division -
National Outstanding New Teacher Award
ASE - G1
ASE – Master
ASE - L1
ASE - A9 Diesel Repair
Chrysler Master Technician 2001 to Present
Dodge Viper Certified Technician
Hybrid Vehicle Two Mode
Automatic Transmission Repair Specialist
BUSINESS / INDUSTRY EXPERIENCE
Pep-Boys Auto Parts – Parts sales and assistant store manager
Hayes Chrysler – Technician and Team Leader - 12 years
Dekalb Technical College – Adjunct Automotive Instructor
2018-19 Vice President of Trade & Industrial Educators of Georgia
Mr. Chavez's Class
Auto Services I
Students will learn safety procedures used in an automotive shop, basic hand tool use, and problem solving skills.
Students will become familiar with the following automotive systems;
- Automotive Electrical
- Engine Diagnosis and Repair
- Steering and Suspension
- Engine Performance
Students will learn several useful automotive skills, some are;
oil changes, tune-ups, how to diagnose “check-engine” concerns,
shop equipment use, preparing repair estimates, and other vehicle maintenance procedures and light repairs.
Students will have many opportunities to earn automotive industry certifications throughout the year at Maxwell. They
will also gain employability skills needed to enter the workforce or college.
Auto Services II
Second year Maxwell automotive students will expand on skills learned in the first year by modeling leadership positions and applying for an internship with one of our many business partners.
Students will serve as group leaders for first year students on projects and major repairs. Second year students will experience more hands-on activities and complex problems that require multi-step diagnosis. Students will develop their problem solving skills using critical thinking along with scan tools and reference materials that mirror todays automotive industry.
Second year students will apply and participate in Job Shadowing and Internships to hopefully begin a career in the automotive industry.