This page is dedicated to our Chapman Excellence in Teaching Award. We hope that you find it interesting and useful. We also hope that it inspires greater participation in the awards program, so that more of our excellent teachers can be recognized for their skills, dedication, and initiative. If there is more that we can provide to answer your questions, please feel free to contact us. Address your questions to the NEO or ANEOs, whose addresses appear in The ENSIGN.
The Charles F. Chapman Award for Excellence in Teaching recognizes outstanding USPS instructors. Once a year, each squadron nominates one outstanding instructor to its district. The District Educational Officer forms a committee to select one nominee within their district for national judging. In the final judging, the Chapman Award Selection Group of the Instructor Development Committee recognizes the five winners who represent the organization's most effective volunteer instructors.
As each squadron puts together its Chapman Award nomination packet, it is asked to address certain questions about the nominee's background, subject knowledge, teaching skills and style, ability to relate the courses material to the experience of the students, courses taught, etc. Squadron members are then invited to write personal letters on commendation, focusing primarily on what makes this person such an outstanding instructor. Although these letters vary widely, there are a few common threads that almost jump out at you and lead you to an appreciation of what these instructors mean to their students, their fellow members, and their squadrons.
The following few quotes reflect the tone of the comments about these winners:
"He has a genuine desire to impart knowledge to those he is teaching."
"He makes the learning fun in a very relaxed atmosphere."
"His enthusiasm for boating shows through in his teaching style."
"Each time I sit in his class I learn something new."
"He teaches with the same enthusiasm whether there are two students or 100."
"His congenial style allows a free exchange of information and encourages participation from his class."
"He never expressed doubt about anyone's ability to grasp difficult concepts; his genuine belief in our sure success worked like a tonic."
"He makes effective use of teaching aids, smoothly integrating the aids into his presentation."
"He is always ready to spend extra time outside the classroom to help students having difficulty."
"Whenever a particularly difficult subject arose, he always seemed to have alternative ways to get his point across."
"He adjusts the schedule and pace of the class to match the scope of student ability."
"He has a special way of relating the course ;material to real life situations so that you remember the lesson long after the test is given."
"Many inspired students in his basic classes have joined USPS because of him."
"He kindled our desire to learn."
These are the attributes of an outstanding teacher. Each of these five instructors has all of these attributes and are a diverse and dedicated group of USPS members.
Congratulations to the winners of the 2013 Charles F. Chapman Award for Excellence in Teaching.
P/R/C Kenneth N. Beckman, SN, St. Petersburg Sail & Power Squadron, D22
P/C Jesus Davison-Lampón, JN, Carolina Sail and Power Squadron, D33
Stf/C Stanley L. Klein, SN, Middletown Power Squadron, D1
R/C Eugene E. Molteni, SN, Bayside Power Squadron, D3
P/C Jeffrey M. Moore, JN, Hawaii Sail and Power Squadron, D13
They were honored at the 2014 Annual Meeting in Jacksonville, FL. Each received a recognition plaque, a gold Chapman Award lapel pin, a four-year certified instructor wallet card and had his or her name inscribed in a permanent Log Book kept in the Chapman Memorial Library at USPS headquarters in Raleigh. Their squadrons each received a high quality sextant in a handsome wood presentation case, given in the winner's name.
These five USPS instructors have earned the respect of their peers for the dedication of their time, the transferring of knowledge and inspiring others to teach. They were selected from the 20 district nominees submitted, chosen by their DEOs from all their squadron nominees. Every year each squadron in USPS is eligible to nominate one of its instructors. Prior nominees who were not selected as one of the national winners may be re-nominated at any time as long as they are still teaching in USPS.
Congratulations to ALL the 2013 district nominees for this prestigious award.
All National Chapman Award winners are listed in this table.
P/R/C Kenneth N. Beckman, SN of District 22's St. Petersburg Sail & Power Squadron worked as an aeronautical engineer and served as a master navigator and US Air Force colonel before joining USPS. According to a former student, “He carried his professionalism and knowledge over to the teaching of USPS courses.” Having taught all USPS courses, Ken also chaired the national Navigation Committee and has been instrumental in writing the Junior Navigation and Navigation courses. Students emphasize his willingness to explain concepts in many ways so that people with different learning styles can grasp the material. “Ken is able to work with people until the light bulb comes on,” wrote one student, adding that, “his positive feedback helps people keep going when they become discouraged.” Over and over, students marveled at Ken’s willingness to make himself available to provide help with homework items. “His willingness, even eagerness, to take calls at any time made us feel comfortable that we weren’t being pests,” said one student. Students also appreciate Ken’s devotion to his subject matter. “His enthusiasm for the material is infectious,” said another student, who recalled how Ken had shared some old sextants and described how they work, stimulating students’ interest.
USPS salutes one of its best—P/R/C Kenneth N. Beckman, SN—Chapman Award winner for the 2013 educational year.
P/C Jesus Davison-Lampón, JN of District 33’s Carolina Sail & Power Squadron and a retired civil engineer, was a founding member of the squadron and also designed its burgee. An enthusiastic and inspiring instructor, he has been willing to teach all squadron courses—whether basic or advanced—while being a strong promoter of advanced grades education, both in his squadron and district. “One of the members that motivated me the most [to obtain the grade of Senior Navigator] was Jesus Davison, through his extensive knowledge of navigation and knots,” wrote one student. Under his leadership, the squadron recently graduated 12 Junior Navigators in a single class, eight from the squadron and four from other squadrons in the district. Students mentioned that Jesus inspired them to join USPS, continue taking courses and become instructors. His students appreciated his willingness to provide make-up work for missed classes, give extra help when needed and plan activities to supplement coursework. As one student wrote, “he plans practical exercises, on land and on the water, to help us understand and apply the principles learned in the classroom.” Students repeatedly commented on his passion for teaching as well as his infectious enthusiasm for his subject matter. As one student put it, “He is tireless, energetic, passionate, extremely knowledgeable, respectful, enthusiastic and creative.”
USPS salutes one of its best—P/C Jesus Davison-Lampón, JN—Chapman Award winner for the 2013 educational year.
Stf/C Stanley L. Klein, SN, of District 1’s Middletown Power Squadron and a retired electrical engineer, has been teaching USPS courses for more than 20 years and has participated in or taught every course and seminar offered by his squadron. Stan teaches Junior Navigation and Navigation by himself, and he wrote the Celestial Tools computer program to help students with sight reductions and other USPS coursework. As one former student put it, “As a holder of a master’s degree in civil engineering, I have been taught by many highly qualified professional teachers, and I rate [Stan] among the best.” Students agreed that he does whatever it takes to make sure everyone understands the lessons. “He would find different illustrations, explanations and memory aids, until we could each, in our own way, grasp a relevant concept, method, computation or procedure,” explained a former student. Several students mentioned Stan’s Super Navigator problems. The exercises encourage students to view course concepts from a different perspective. “The effect is to sort of awaken the mind and shine a different and interesting light on the concept or principle,” one student explained. Students enjoyed Stan’s teaching style, calling it “relaxed but effective” and calling his classes “the high point of the week.” “The practical outings to the shore for our necessary sextant readings and practice were another indication of Stanley’s dedication, not only to the class, but also to each individual student,” wrote a former JN student.
USPS salutes one of its best—Stf/C Stanley L. Klein, SN—Chapman Award winner for the 2013 educational year.
R/C Eugene E. Molteni, SN of District 3’s Bayside Power Squadron and a retired mechanical engineer, has taught all but two USPS courses, including America’s Boating Course 3rd edition, which he was instrumental in developing. One student who took the basic boating course with Gene appreciated the thorough education he received. “The skills I learned from Gene in that course enabled me to pilot my boat in unfamiliar waters safely and with confidence.” Gene goes out of his way to make classes accessible to his students. When Hurricane Sandy struck New York, he used GoToMeeting to conduct Junior Navigation classes so students wouldn’t have to brave fallen trees and power lines to get to class. Students enjoy his teaching style. “His warm personality and good sense of humor always make his classes enjoyable,” one former student wrote. Students noted that Gene goes above and beyond, “even holding private sessions for some students who may have difficulties or who have missed sessions.” One Engine Maintenance student explained it best, “The bottom line: I did not know anything, and Gene showed me everything.”
USPS salutes one of its best—R/C Eugene E. Molteni, SN—Chapman Award winner for the 2013 educational year.
P/C Jeffrey M. Moore, JN, of District 13’s Hawaii Sail and Power Squadron, has taught most USPS courses and seminars, and he often teaches two or more at a time while working full time as a project engineer. Despite his busy schedule, he also finds time to mentor others. “Even as an instructor, I continue to receive [Jeff’s] support and review for my instruction in Seamanship, Trailering and seminars,” a fellow instructor and former student wrote. Jeff’s classes are in high demand and sell out months in advance because of his exceptional teaching abilities, said one member. “A good instructor will make students hungry for more, and Jeff is a strong draw for students like me,” wrote a former student who has taken more than a dozen classes with Jeff. Several students as well as his peers mentioned his willingness to do whatever it takes to make learning fun and understandable. According to one squadron member, “he has two trunks full of lifejackets, flares, devices and remote control boats. He has buoys, makes homemade electrical devices, does experiments and makes videos for his classes. He puts hours of planning and preparation into every class he teaches to make the class perfect for his students.”
USPS salutes one of its best—P/C Jeffrey M. Moore, JN—Chapman Award winner for the 2013 educational year.