Southern Tech has a new Welding Instructor on staff. Ale Day is the first female Welding Instructor in Oklahoma, according to the State Department of Career Tech. Mrs. Day comes to Southern Tech with six years of experience in welding. She has welded pipeline from California to New Jersey and has many certifications to go with her experience. She has an Associate’s Degree from Murray State and began pursuing her Engineering Degree from the University of Oklahoma when she decided to follow in her father’s footsteps.
Day graduated high school from Springer and remembered dropping her Dad off at Southern Tech, where he took evening welding classes, and is glad to be back home and teaching at the school where her father learned his vocation.
Day was hired in July, attended New Teacher Academy and then began her career as an instructor on August 10th. Day said, “I have a good team here, I have a lot of support here.” Day said when students come into her class she is very blunt and they have to prove to her what they know. “I want them to go out in the industry and when they are handed a blue print they can knock it out. When someone asks them where they learned that, I want them to say, Mrs. Day taught me that at Welding School.”
When watching Day in the shop, you can see the respect from the students as they bring her projects and have her check their work. Dawson Ramon is a second-year high school student from Lone Grove that said, “My Mom told me that we were getting a female teacher and I thought she was messing with me but she’s a good teacher. She’s helped me a lot cleaning up my weld.”
Deston Grado, a first-year student from Dickson, said, “I got a letter in the mail saying I was getting a new teacher and I thought it was going to be different, but she’s a good teacher, and she can weld pretty good.”
Day moves in and out of welding booths coaching students through their weld. As she exits, students are coming to her asking questions, and often her answer is, “What do you think about this weld?” After they respond, she adds to their critique and shakes their hand if she feels they did well. Cody Almond, an Adult student from Lone Grove said, “I didn’t really know what to think at first, Mrs. Day being a female teacher, I was kind of iffy about it, but I thought, well, you never know, sometimes girls can do things better than guys. It’s been a real good year so far, and she’s taught me a lot of stuff, and she’s a real good teacher.”