Bob Couillard, teacher of welding and metal fabrication at the Burlington Technical Center, is retiring after 30 years of teaching. Before becoming a teacher at BTC, Bob gained many years of experience in manufacturing and welding in the world of industry. In addition to his years of dedication to teaching BTC students, Bob served his fellow colleagues as a Burlington Education Association building representative for three years. He will be greatly missed by both staff and students at BTC.
Just don’t sweat the small stuff, and have fun doing what you love, because time will definitely fly by!Bob Couillard
Words from Bob:
What I will miss: I will miss seeing my students everyday, spending time working with them in the shop and classroom. I will also miss being around a great group of colleagues that I have worked with over the years.
What I am proudest of: I feel proud when I see graduates of my program working in the welding field. It’s always refreshing to run into them and see big smiles on their faces.
Advice to pass on: All I can say to new teachers is over the past 30 years I’ve seen a lot of changes and I’m sure you will too, as time goes on. Just don’t sweat the small stuff, and have fun doing what you love, because time will definitely fly by!
Future Plans: For retirement, I plan on spending more time with family and friends, do some traveling and get caught up on the” to do list” when I get a chance.
Words from Colleagues:
“As a new teacher, Bob Couillard has been an invaluable source of knowledge and has helped me and many others navigate the world of teaching – Thank You!” Tyler Feralio
“Bob is an exceptionally patient and gifted teacher. He knew that many of his students faced challenges inside and outside his classroom so he made sure their time with him was safe and rewarding. He has seen countless students go on to rewarding careers and/or continue their education. Simply stated, he made a real difference in the lives of his students.” Betsy McLane
“Bob’s calm demeanor and expansive knowledge have made him an effective teacher for many years as demonstrated by many students now in successful careers.”