Thursday, June 30, 2016

An Exhaustive Look into Urban Meyer’s Football Coaching Approach

A longtime educator, Britton Devier coached the football team at Woodmore High School and taught technology. Also an avid reader, Britton Devier particularly values Buddy Martin’s authorized 2008 biography Urban's Way: Urban Meyer, the Florida Gators, and His Plan to Win.

The book is essential reading for fans of the University of Florida and college football in general, as it explores the successful strategies of the Gators’ high-profile former coach. Throughout the 2007 season, Martin was given unprecedented access to the coaching legend. He was present for locker room speeches and listened in on coaching booth headsets. He also undertook numerous interviews with support staff and assistant coaching members, as well as star athletes such as Heisman Trophy-winner Tim Tebow.

The result is a multilayered narrative that goes beyond surface-level events and examines aspects of character that go into making a top-level coach. He also looks at pivotal strategic aspects of Meyer’s approach to the game, including his famous spread offense. Currently with the Ohio State Buckeyes, Urban Meyer and has achieved a record of 50-4 in four seasons as head coach.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Habitat for Humanity's Youth Movement Fights for Affordable Housing

Since 2014, Britton Devier has served as director of credit recovery and advancement at Smiths Station High School. Britton Devier spends his free time supporting causes such as Habitat for Humanity.

A global nongovernmental organization established in 1976, Habitat for Humanity operates with a mission of ensuring that everyone has a place to live. In carrying out this mission, it works with people from all age groups to build affordable houses for those in need.

Habitat for Humanity enjoys a strong support base among the youth sector. On April 2016, over 300,000 participants across the Asia Pacific region joined Habitat for Humanity's annual Habitat Young Leaders Build, the organization's largest youth movement. The movement spans 16 countries and aims to tackle issues that continue to deter poverty housing. Activities include construction and other advocacy activities that aim to inspire people to approach these issues.

To learn how you can support Habitat for Humanity's cause, visit

Monday, June 13, 2016

ITEEA Member Recognized for Excellence in Teaching

A graduate with an EdD in educational leadership from Liberty University, Britton Devier serves as the director of credit recovery and advancement at Smiths Station High School in Alabama. Britton Devier is also a member of the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA).

The ITEEA exists to promote technological literacy by ensuring professionalism among those engaged in the teaching of technology and engineering. Its membership comprises educators who teach a specific curriculum called "technology education," a problem-based design that utilizes STEM principles.

Several ITEEA members have received prestigious awards. Most recently, Harry Roman received the IEEE Excellence in Teaching award for the northeast region. A longtime ITEEA member and contributor to the journal Technology and Engineering Teacher, Mr. Roman started teaching in the 1980s and has since been involved in introducing students to the wonders of creativity, engineering, and invention.

While he is currently in retirement, his influence in the field of education remains through the numerous teacher resource books and articles he has written. He is also a college-level instructor at Montclair State University.

Friday, June 3, 2016

CEO of ITEEA Speaks at STEM Solutions Leadership Conference

Britton Devier is the offensive coordinator and assistant football coach as well as the assistant girls’ track-and-field coach for Smiths Station High School in Smiths Station, Alabama. During school hours, he is director of credit recovery and advancement for Lee County School District’s distance-learning program in Opelika. To stay current within his profession, Britton Devier maintains membership with the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA).

A nonprofit organization begun in 1939, the ITEEA has shifted its focus over the years and now supports technology literacy and innovation within schools. One of its main areas of focus is on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), with a higher area of concentration on the technology and engineering fields.

From May 18 through 20, 2016, the U.S. News STEM Solutions Leadership Conference took place in Baltimore, Maryland. The conference discusses the shortage of STEM-related skills found in the U.S. workplace. The event brings together educators, corporations, and companies to discuss how to change this pattern. The executive director and chief operating offer of ITEEA, Steve Barbato, gave a presentation titled “What Testing Technology and Engineering Literacy Means for Education.” He has 10 years of classroom experience teaching engineering and technology as well as 13 years of experience as a school district administrator.