Shawn Beightol, M.S.Ed., past winner of Beginning Teacher of the Year (Wm Turner Tech HS),Teacher of the Year (John A Ferguson HS), National STEM Teacher of the Year(SECME), National Teacher of the Year (NRTW), and National Teacher of the Year(McGraw-Hill/COUNCIL OF THE GREAT CITY SCHOOLS) emerged from a challenging upbringing in Central Florida, raised by a single mother in poverty. Recognizing the vital role of free public education, after a church youth director intervened in his educational career, resulting in a college scholarship, which solidified his belief in the transformative power of effort and intervention in child development. With a background in Theology and Youth Ministries, followed by years in youth work and juvenile counseling, Shawn transitioned to a 30-year career teaching chemistry in Miami's public schools after graduate work in Chemistry and Chemistry Education at FIU. His impactful journey includes a decade of mentoring students in chemical research, active involvement in the union, and legal battles to safeguard public employees' rights. Now, finishing his third decade of teaching, Shawn explores innovative approaches to education, focusing on integrating high-tech personal electronics to enhance student engagement and reduce educational budgetary overhead. His dedication to education is rooted in the collaborative relationship between parents and professionally compensated educators, embodying a philosophy that defines his teaching ethos.