My name is Edwin Wike and I am thrilled to be a part of the fantastic team here at Berea High. That is something I can put into words. More difficult, however, is finding the right words to express how excited and honored I am to be a part of the CATE (Career and Technology Education) program; specifically, Industrial and Manufacturing Technology. As a young 'man' (or so I envisioned myself at the time) right out of high school, I thought I was prepared for life and was ready to conquer the world. As you may have guessed, I was not quite as prepared as I had convinced myself. 
Fast forward to present time, and I now have nearly eight years of real-world experience in a variety of vocational fields. These include mechatronics, manual and CNC machining, robotics, automation, design and prototyping. All of the experience and skills I gained in these many fields were through on-the-job training, not college. 
I am very fortunate to have acquired such a valuable and diverse skill set. And...I must be honest, most of it was accidental. I spent many years job-hopping and, again, very fortunately, I 'hopped' into many very good learning experiences. I also served in the United States Army and recently earned a Bachelors degree in Computer Science concentrated in Healthcare Information Technology. The many disciplines I have learned and the skills I have obtained qualify me to be where I am now.
Sharing my job and work experiences with young people and opening their eyes to the many different career possibilities within the Industrial and Manufacturing world is certainly part of my teaching responsibilities, but I believe my most important role is teaching young people the value and importance of preparing now for their futures. I had no idea what to expect when I graduated high school, I had no idea what I was going to do with my life. This is evidenced quite clearly by the aforementioned diversity of my vocational experiences. Though these experiences taught me a lot, not all of them were what I wanted to do for the rest of my life...or, in some cases, not even the next day. 
I have considered teaching for a few years, but when I was made aware of this position, I immediately realized three things:

1.  I am qualified to teach the material.
2.  I have the opportunity to guide young people away from the the vocational guessing game I began right out of high school.
3.  I will no longer be job-hopping; I have finally found my career.

In conclusion, I am honored to have this opportunity and though this is, by far, the hardest job I have ever had, it is also the most fulfilling. My goal as a teacher is to open eyes, broaden horizons, encourage future preparedness and good decision making; I want my students to develop the necessary knowledge and skills that will enable them to acquire a satisfying and fulfilling career early in life.