Midlands trades teacher in running for national award, cut of $1 million

David Weaver
David Weaver Kershaw County School District

A Midlands teacher is in the running for a national award after being recognized by Harbor Freight for his achievements teaching trades to students, according to a statement.

David Weaver, a teacher at Kershaw County School District’s Applied Technology Education Campus, is one of 52 semifinalists, chosen from a pool of more than 500 trades teachers, who could win thousands of dollars for his school, according to a statement from Harbor Freight Tools for Schools.

Weaver teaches automotive collision repair at Kershaw’s ATEC, a subject he’s taught since 1986, according to the statement. The ATEC school focuses on programs ranging from agriculture and welding to health science and graphic design, according to the school’s website.

A finalist in the competition, Weaver was selected because of his “pro-level” certification, which helps him ready his students for jobs in auto body shops once they graduate from high school, according to the statement.

If Weaver makes it through the semifinals, he could number among 18 winners who will split $1 million, according to the statement. Three winners will walk away with $100,000, with $70,000 going towards their school’s trades program. Another 15 winners will earn $50,000, with $35,000 going to their school.

The winners will be announced Nov. 15.