Mark Simmons has always been passionate about fixing things — whether that be farm equipment at his Ohio middle school or fighter jets in the first Gulf War. From a young age, he saw working on engines as a "path to the middle class." So, it's no surprise that when Simmons started teaching automotive and diesel technology at Springfield High School nearly 20 years ago, the program was refitted too.
Simmons, who has applied for over 15 grants during his tenure, poses with Harbor Freight district manager Jim Weiland, left, after being surprised with a $50 . . .