MERCEDES – Seven career and technical education teachers from Mercedes Independent School District earned their Federal Aviation Administration drone remote pilot certificate on Oct. 18.
The educators who obtained this advanced-level drone license were: Greg Ayala, STEM lead teacher at Mercedes High School; Ernesto Cruz, audio and video production teacher at MHS; Alexis De Leon, forensic science teacher at MHS; Aaron Escobar, commercial photography and graphic design teacher at MHS; Ruben Olivares, digital and interactive media at MHS; Ernesto Trevino, commercial photography and audio/video production teacher at Mercedes Early College Academy; and Roger Villanueva, digital/interactive media and commercial photography teacher at Chacon Middle School.
In addition, two members of the MISD technology department also acquired this certification. They were Ruben Cantu, computer network specialist, and Joey Vasquez, instructional technology specialist.
Because they are aerial vehicles, drones boost learning in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines, and they have been utilized in all CTE courses in the district for the past four years.
Debbie Lee Winslow, CTE director for MISD, arranged the training and testing for the drone remote pilot certificates.
“As drones become more standard in STEM and career education curriculum, it’s important for our CTE teachers to have professional credentials for student instruction and safety in this technology,” Winslow said.
Nine Mercedes Independent School District employees earned their Federal Aviation Administration drone pilot certification on Oct. 18. (Left to right) Front Row: Aaron Escobar, Mercedes High School; Joey Vasquez, MISD; Alexis De Leon, MHS; Ernesto Cruz, MHS; Ernesto Trevino, Mercedes Early College Academy. Back Row: Ruben Cantu, MISD; Ruben Olivares, MHS; Greg Ayala, MHS; Roger Villanueva, Chacon Middle School.