Maxwell High School welding teacher Charles Kachmar raised his arms in excitement as he was surprised by friends, family and school representatives Thursday morning. The occasion was the official announcement naming Kachmar as one of the winners of the Harbor Freight Tools for Schools Prize for Teaching Excellence.

Kachmar is one of three winners across the country to receive the award, which recognizes public high school skill trade teachers and programs with a track record of dedication and performance. The award comes with a $100,000 check — with $70,000 going to the school and the remaining $30,000 going to Kachmar to be used at his discretion.