Iowa Teacher a Finalist for Outstanding New Career and Technical Educator Award
October 9, 2013
ALEXANDRIA, VA—The Association for Career and Technical Education announces Crystal Combs of Corning, Iowa, as a finalist for the Outstanding New Career and Technical Educator Award. Combs, a Business Teacher at Corning High School is the winner of the Region III ACTE Outstanding New Career and Technical Teacher award. Combs is one of five finalists competing for the 2014 national title. The ACTE Outstanding New Career and Technical Teacher award recognizes a full-time classroom/laboratory teacher in a career and technical education program and is new to the teaching profession with three-to-five years' experience.
The national winner will be announced at the ACTE Awards Banquet, a dinner and award presentation recognizing the best CTE educators in the country, which will take place on Wednesday evening, Dec. 4, 2013, at CareerTech VISION 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
As a high school business teacher, Crystal Combs has dedicated herself to modernizing her school's CTE program and engaging her students' love of learning through technology. Beginning her teaching career the fall after graduating from college, Combs wasted no time petitioning for updates to improve her classrooms. In her first year, Combs convinced the school to update to computers with Windows operating systems so her students would be able to use Microsoft Office and Adobe CS3 in her Computer Applications I & II and Multimedia classes. In subsequent years, Combs procured class video cameras, which her students used to make graduation videos, and smart boards, which transformed the level of student involvement in her classes. Keyboard covers in her keyboarding classes dramatically improved her students' typing speed, and an online business simulation tapped into her students' love of video games to engage them in business situations via the virtual world. After Combs completed her master's degree in instructional technology, her students were able to complete one of her computer courses for college credit.
Combs spends many hours outside class advising the Future Business Leaders of America chapter she started, which has grown to more than 50 members and qualified nearly 50 students for national competitions. In addition to multiple other association memberships, Combs was chosen as president-elect for the Iowa Business Education Association. Her principal said of her, "Mrs. Combs possesses many outstanding characteristics of a veteran teacher. She is always willing to go the extra mile for her students."
The ACTE Awards Banquet is sponsored by Cisco, Kuder Inc., Stratasys, CEV Multimedia Ltd. and Certiport. For more information about the Awards Banquet at CareerTech VISION 2013: https://www.acteonline.org/vision_banquet
For more information about the Awards Program: https://www.acteonline.org/awards
The Association for Career and Technical Education is the nation's largest not-for-profit education association dedicated to the advancement of education that prepares youth and adults for successful careers. Founded in 1926, ACTE has more than 25,000 members; career and technical educators, administrators, researchers, guidance counselors and others involved in planning and conducting career and technical education programs at the secondary, postsecondary and adult levels. ACTE provides advocacy, public awareness and access to information on career and technical education, professional development and tools that enable members to be successful and effective leaders.