Instructor and Technician of the Year Awards

Updated: September 2013

The National Child Passenger Safety Board applauds every person working in the field of child passenger safety, no matter their job title. The efforts made in this field should be considered one of the most successful public health and injury prevention campaigns of our time. The success lies in lives saved, serious injuries prevented, and the number of medical professionals and caregivers educated to restrain properly our most vulnerable passengers. None of this could be accomplished without “boots on the ground,” an army of dedicated technicians and instructors who work passionately to ensure the safety of our nation’s children. Since 1998, we have assembled an army, or a legion of these angels who often give much of their personal time to this effort. Currently over 35,000 certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians educate caregivers on the proper installation and use of car and booster seats in vehicles. An additional 1,500 certified instructors help train and certify these technicians.  There is a true sense of community enjoyed by those who work in this field.

The National Child Passenger Safety Board chose to create an annual award to recognize one exemplary technician and one exceptional instructor for their work and dedication to this field. AAA, an unwavering supporter of child passenger safety, generously provides a “thank you” gift of $500 to accompany the Board’s award.

Read about the nominations process and requirements.

award-winner-1The CPS Instructor of the Year:
Bev Kellner

College Station, TX

The National Child Passenger Safety Board is pleased to honor Bev Kellner, Program Manager of the Texas A&M Passenger Safety Project, as the 2013 Child Passenger Safety Instructor of the Year. Kellner, originally from Massachusetts, has been a nationally certified CPS Technician since 1999 and a CPS Technician Instructor since 2002. She has worked with the Passenger Safety Project since 1996, where she discovered her passion for child passenger safety. Since 1999 the project has checked more than 20,000 seats, and 99 percent have had some element of misuse. The project also provides online transportation safety training for child care providers. Courses have been completed by almost 22,000 child care providers since 2009. Kellner has a background in economics and desktop publishing. She began at Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in 1996 to work on the Passenger Safety Project to assist with the design of their website and resources. In 1999 she had “caught the child passenger safety bug” and became a technician. In 2002, she went on to become an instructor.

Additional details about and dedication to child passenger safety can be found in the Instructor of the Year press release

award-winner-1The CPS Technician of the Year:
Amelia “Millie” Jensen

Dilkon, AZ

Amelia “Millie” Jensen works at Winslow Indian Health Care Center/Environmental Health Services/Safety & Injury Prevention, as an Environmental Health Technician/Secretary, where she has been employed for 17 years. She became a certified Child Passenger Safety Technician in 2005 but has been working with child passenger safety and education since 1995. She loves working with families and children of all ages. She believes that our #1 priority should be keeping families informed, bucked up and safe in motor vehicles. Through her work, Jensen participated on an Injury Prevention Committee. She was encouraged by her supervisor and co-workers to become a certified Child Passenger Safety Technician. Jensen recalls one snowy morning when her family’s truck slid out of control on black ice, hit a dry spot and the vehicle rolled. No one was hurt, but ever since, this experience serves as an inspiration for Jensen to buckle up and use car seats. Through her work with the Winslow Indian Health Care Center, Jensen participates in programs that provide infant car seats to the local hospital’s maternity ward for newborns. The program provides child passenger safety education for prenatal patients prior to delivery and hosts car seat clinics. Every Thursday is “Car Seat Education Day” at their office, where they conduct car seat checks and host a distribution program for those that have outgrown or do not have a car seat.

Additional details about and dedication to child passenger safety can be found in the Technician of the Year press release


Congratulations to all of the nominees for the 2013 Child Passenger Safety Instructor and Technician of the Year Awards.

2013 CPS Award Nominees