Alabaster, Ala. (CBS 42)- A Thompson High School teacher will learn in May if he is the “Life Changer of The Year.”
Pre-engineering teacher Brian Copes learned on Tuesday, April 3rd he is one of five finalists. Copes is being recognized for the extraordinary work he and his students have done internationally, particularly in Honduras. Ten years ago, at Calera High School, he entered his students in a collegiate engineering competition where he built basic utility vehicles capable of transporting goods in third world countries. His students won first place and the vehicles are being used in Honduras today.
His students also developed inexpensive prosthetic legs from automotive parts, which have given roughly 20 amputees in Honduras the ability to walk again. In 2014, he and his student went to Honduras to install solar panels for local schools and they also built a hydroelectric power plant to generate electricity for a rural medical clinic.
Recently, Copes led a group of educators to Honduras to establish a sister school partnership.
In May, Copes will travel to Bermuda for the LifeChanger of the Awards ceremony. The grand prize for the award is $10,000.00.