Charles Horsken

I was in the mechanical technology program and after graduation went into the trades as an apprentice tool & die maker with the Ideal Corp. in Brooklyn. Upon completion, I joined the USMC to avoid the draft and served two years active and four years reserve. Was a Ground Radio Engineer and made Staff Sargent. Went to CCNY at night while an apprentice and graduated with an Associate’s in Mechanical Engineering. Went back to Ideal after active duty; worked as toolmaker; ended up being a lead man and eventually a foreman. Left in 1967 to go to Oswego State University to study to become an Industrial Arts teacher. Upon graduation, went back into industry and became a plant manager for the Acme Air Appliance company. Did that for four years and went into teaching for six years at Kittatinny Regional High School in Branchville, NJ. Went to Seton Hall University at night to get my Master’s in School Administration. Moved to Wolfeboro, NH, where I taught Technology Education at Kingswood Regional High School for 33 years. Twice received New Hampshirt State Technology Program of the Year; named by ITEA and NHTEA as NH State Technology Teacher of the Year, twice by each organization; and first runner-up for overall State Teacher of the Year for all NH. I taught Principles of Technology, (PT), an applied physics course; Project Lead The Way, a pre engineering course; Machine Tool Technology; and Agricultural Sciences as I own and operate an 80-acre Certified Organic Farm, raising beef, pork, broilers, turkeys and vegetables . I trained teachers how to teach PT during summers for 12 years at Keene State College and Vermont Technical College. I have been married for 47 years and have two wonderful daughters. I retired from teaching at 72 and am now farming full time.