NASBLA BOAT Program names Officer Thomas Reardon the 2021 Instructor of the Year
The National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) recognized Maine Marine Patrol Officer Thomas Reardon as the 2021 Boat Operations and Training (BOAT) Program Instructor of the Year. The 2021 Instructor of the Year Award was presented to Reardon on December 8 at the BOAT Program National Instructor Development Workshop held in Lexington, Kentucky.
In addition to his success as a Maine Marine Patrol officer, Thomas Reardon has continuously demonstrated professional excellence as a NASBLA BOAT Program instructor. Beginning as a break-in instructor in 2019, he quickly earned the NASBLA instructor credential, teaching eight courses in the last 24 months. Reardon’s knowledge of his professional specialty and willingness to assist in any capacity has made him a valuable asset to the NABSLA BOAT Program’s instructor cadre.
“Tom Reardon brought a fresh and positive attitude to the BOAT Program when he came aboard as a new instructor,” said Dave Considine, BOAT Program Director. “He is genuinely excited to be in the classroom, and the students can relate to him in a very personal way. Tom is a role model for the rest of the team!”
Thomas Reardon has routinely received course assignments generally assigned to more senior personnel. However, he consistently uses tact and leadership which promotes a genuine feeling of self-achievement and a desire to excel among the instructors who work with him. Reardon’s presence in BOAT Program course deliveries has created a culture of respect and success, connecting both the students and instructors. Reardon consistently facilitates learner engagement in his course delivery to assure the success of each training.
Thomas Reardon’s charm, charisma, and cheerful attitude are contagious, and have been noted repeatedly by other instructors and students. He is well-prepared for every course, delivers the knowledge and skills effectively, and builds confidence in his students. Over the past two years, Reardon has proven to be a valued, conversant and capable instructor for the NASBLA BOAT Program. Reardon has directly contributed to the strategic goals of the BOAT Program, and to the safety and security of America’s waterways.
The National Association of State Boating Law Administrators congratulates Officer Thomas Reardon on receiving the 2021 BOAT Program Instructor of the Year award in recognition of his commitment to training marine law enforcement and emergency first responders to the national standard.
For more information about the NASBLA BOAT Program, visit the BOAT Program webpage.