About the Author
Dr. Patrick M. Konopnicki has been Director of Technical and Career Education in Virginia Beach Public Schools since 1992. A former classroom teacher, principal and professor with George Washington University, Dr. Konopnicki has served on the Governor's Council for School/Business Partnerships and the Governor's Task Force for the Construction Industry. In 2002, he received the outstanding service award from the National State Career and Technical Education Directors. In 2009, Dr. Konopnicki was named an Education Fellow at Old Dominion University and received the National Thomas Olivo Outstanding Service Award presented by NOCTI. The following year, he was appointed to the ACTE National Energy and Sustainability Task Force. His latest passions include STEM Robotics K-12, CTE certifications and Workplace Readiness and Sustainability as a 21st century skill.