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ASE Education Foundation honors Michigan auto educator with national award

Juwan Willis Sr. received the Byrl Shoemaker Instructor of the Year award for his commitment to excellence

Leesburg, Va.—Juwan Willis, Sr., a National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE)-certified automotive technician from Pontiac, Mich., was recently honored with a national achievement award as the Byrl Shoemaker/ASE Education Foundation Instructor of the Year. The award was presented to Willis late last year at the ASE board of governors meeting in San Diego.

“Juwan, who is an automotive instructor and the four-campus program teacher leader at Oakland Schools Technical Campus Northeast in Pontiac, is one of the outstanding ASE-certified professionals recognized annually by different segments of the automotive service and repair industry,” said Tim Zilke, president and CEO of ASE.

Zilke, along with Mike Coley, president of the ASE Education Foundation and Brad Pellman, chair of the ASE board of directors, presented the award to Willis.

“ASE has honored extraordinary industry professionals from across the nation for more than 40 years,” Zilke said. “This is made possible by the support of our many award sponsors. This award is given by the ASE Education Foundation in memory of Byrl Shoemaker, a champion of automotive education. We are proud to recognize Juwan’s commitment to excellence, providing the very best in automotive technology education to his students.

“This dedication is reflected in the talented professionals we recognize each year and Juwan represents the best of the best.”

Thirty-three companies from both OEM and aftermarket segments sponsored the individual technician recognition awards in the auto, truck, collision, parts and service categories, along with awards for instructors. In addition to looking for top scores on ASE tests, award sponsors examine on-the-job excellence, community service and other factors when selecting honorees. 

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