From John Flowers’ article on the Addison County Independent website:
It’s not a stretch to say that diesel power technology teacher Phil Teer’s name has become synonymous with the Patricia A. Hannaford Career Center. They practically built the walls around him when the Middlebury vocational-technical education school opened its doors more than four decades ago.
“He was original equipment when the center first opened in 1971,” Career Center Executive Director Lynn Coale likes to say.
Teer is still pretty spry, energetic and certainly firing on all cylinders at age 65, but he’s now ready to move on after establishing and perfecting one of the top diesel power technology education programs in the state, one that has inspired hundreds of Addison County students to seek higher education and secure good jobs as mechanics, service technicians, equipment operators and business owners in a powerful industry.
While he’ll be motoring away from his classroom shop, Teer has no plans to stay in neutral during his golden years. He will soon start working for one of his former students, Justin Almeida, who runs an Addison business called Just Fix It Ag/Industrial Repairs LLC.