CCAR (The Coordinating Committee For Automotive Repair) and Electude International have recognized Sara Heller of Rockaway, NJ, as their inaugural ASE Automotive Instructor of the Year.
Heller, coordinator of Raritan Valley Community College’s Automotive Technology program, was recently honored with the National Achievement Award. She was among 52 automotive professionals recognized on November 17 at the Fall Board of Governors meeting of the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE), held at the San Diego Marriott Mission Valley in San Diego, CA.
The ASE annual awards spotlight top scorers on the ASE Certification tests from among the ranks of the approximately quarter million ASE-certified professionals nationwide. Charlie Ayers, president of CCAR; Matt Bishop, business development manager, Electude; Brad Pellman, chair of the ASE Board of Directors; and Timothy Zilke, ASE president and CEO, presented the award to Heller.
“Sara, who is an instructor/coordinator of Automotive Technology at Raritan Valley Community College in Branchburg, is one of the outstanding ASE Certified professionals recognized annually by different segments of the automotive service and repair industry. Each of these elite technicians is presented with an industry-specific award recognizing their achievement,” said Zilke.
Heller, an ASE-certified automotive technician who has experience working in the automotive field, is currently in her fourth year at RVCC. She previously served as the instructor/coordinator for Middlesex County College (now known as Middlesex College) and also was an automotive teacher at numerous high schools throughout New York state. Heller received a Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy from Queens College and a Master’s Degree in Special Education from Cappella University. She also holds various licenses and certifications in the automotive field.