ATLANTA, Ga., – Students and staff representing Burrillville this month at a national conference celebrating career and technical education returned with accolades, winning both an award and a leadership position.
Christopher Pilling, a CTE construction management teacher at Burrillville High School, was awarded the 2023 SkillsUSA Outstanding Educator of the Year award at the National Leadership & Skills Conference.
And BHS student Tyler Miles was elected a national officer, making him the first ever to serve in a national leadership role from his hometown.
Pilling, who has taught at the school since 2021, came to Burrillville from Blackstone Valley Regional High School, where he worked as an engineering and technology teacher and was also the varsity baseball coach. Previously, Pilling was a tech ed teacher for the East Greenwich School Department.
The teacher, who holds a bachelor’s degree in technology education from Rhode Island College and Masters of Education from Southern New Hampshire University, was recognized for his dedication and commitment to his students and trades education at an advisor’s breakfast at the conference, held in Atlanta, Ga. June 19-23.
Pilling led a group of Burrillville students who participated in the event, which brings together thousands of students, instructors, business partners, and administrators to celebrate the accomplishments of those preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations. Students get the chance to network with industry professionals and compete in challenges while recognizing achievements from the year.
Miles, a member of the Class of 2024, ran for the national leadership position on a platform of diversity, equity and inclusion. He is the the first national officer to represent Rhode Island since 2008.