ABYC Foundation's Educator of the Year Award
The ABYC Foundation's Educator of the Year Award honors an outstanding instructor who is shaping future marine service technicians. Candidates teach marine service technology for recreational boats in a high school, post-secondary school, or industry wide.
Congratulations to the 2021 Co-Winners!
Magnus Gedda, Volvo Penta
As manager, product training with Volvo Penta of the Americas, Magnus Gedda develops and oversees the marine and industrial product training programs for Volvo Penta dealer technicians, OEM partners and customers located in North, Central and South America. The trainings bring these individuals up to speed on product lines with design and function, and how to troubleshoot and repair them if issues arise.
Originally from Borås, Sweden, Gedda has worked with Volvo Penta since 2004, first as a manager of production support and IT at the company’s engine plant in Vara, Sweden, and then as a diagnostic developer specialist. For three years in two rounds, he traveled the world as a service manager with the Volvo Ocean Race before relocating to the company’s headquarters in Gothenburg to work as leader of quality case management in its Global Aftermarket department. At the end of 2015, Gedda relocated to Chesapeake, Va., to take on product training responsibilities with Volvo Penta of the Americas.
Since arriving in the U.S., Gedda has supervised the training of 9,000 students to date—more than doubling student participation over the past five years. In addition, he has ramped up the company’s eLearning offerings to students by delivering a more robust learning experience. Student participation increased from 12,000 eLearnings taken in 2016 to 32,000 eLearnings in July of 2021.
Anthony Margiotta, College of the Florida Keys
Professor Margiotta has been teaching marine engineering, seamanship, and welding courses since 2013 at The College of the Florida Keys (CFK). He provides engaging and interactive discussions with his students in the classroom. His labs are filled with hands-on, skills-oriented learning activities that provide students with essential experience and the capability to earn relevant industry certifications. Professor Margiotta includes real-life examples and creates learning situations based on his nine (9) years of experience and service in the United States Coast Guard (USCG) as a lead navigator, master helmsman, and buoy tender.
When the College went to fully online instruction (spring 2020 to summer 2020), Professor Margiotta adapted quickly to meet student learning outcomes through remote instruction to the extent possible. To ensure that student learning outcomes could be met, he developed a directed study course for summer 2020 while the students continued to learn through remote instruction. Since fall 2020, his courses have been a hybrid model where he has needed to create online and in-person lessons and modify lab activities.
Professor Margiotta maintains currency and scope in his subject matter by holding industry certifications, maintaining membership in industry organizations, and serving on industry committees. For example:
• ABYC and American Welding Society member since 2016
• ABYC Master Technician
• ABYC Project Technical Committee
• ABYC Marine Educator Training Conference (2021)
• Yamaha Maintenance Certification Program