Meet Rachel Gonzalez
Occupation: FACS Teacher
Employment History: Instructor/Teacher, Lakeridge Jr. High School (1993-present); Assistant Manager Copy Centers, Print Services, Brigham Young University (1978-1990)
Education: Brigham Young University, BS; Brigham Young University, Teaching Endorsement, English as a Second Language
ACTE Involvement—ACTE Region: Region 5: Conference Attendee (2014), Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient (2014) ACTE National—Other Activities: Member (1993-present), Professional Development Committee (2007-2009), National Convention Delegate (2002-2003, 2006-2008), Annual Convention/VISION Attendee (2001-2002, 2006, 2008, 2010-2014), ACTE Lifetime Achievement Award Finalist (2014) State/Local: National Association Teachers of Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS Division Section): Member (2000-present), State Contact (2002-2003, 2007-2008), Financial Growth Committee (2003-2004), Local Arrangements Committee (2007-2008), Financial Growth Committee Chair (2008-2009), Local Arrangement Committee Chair (2010-11), President-Elect (2011-2012), President (2012-2013), Past President (2013-2014), Historian (2014-2015); Utah ACTE: Member (1993-present), Marketing/Promotion Chair (2008-present), Lifetime Achievement Award (2014); Utah Association Teachers of Family and Consumer Sciences: Member (1993-present), Membership Chair (1996-1999), President-Elect (2001-2002, 2006-2007), President (2002-2003, 2007-2008), Past President (2003-2004, 2008-2009), Board Member (2005-2006, 2009-present), Division Arch of Fame Award Recipient (2006)
Platform Statement: I love CTE, and I love Family and Consumer Sciences. I can’t imagine a better way to prepare students for life and careers. From our classes, students can learn the skills they need to succeed throughout their lives—both at home and in the workplace. FACS programs are under attack. With sagging school budgets, many feel FACS classes to be unnecessary. Never have they been more necessary for society. As society understands the benefits of our curriculum in students’ lives, our defense is made. I have a passion and deep understanding of how our programs can and do change lives. Standing and speaking out for the interests of ACTE membership is critical. I feel I can do this. I am hard working and have a love for people. Having served in many leadership positions nationally and on the state level, I have an understanding of how ACTE functions. I have learned much from these experiences, and I look forward to learning more through continued leadership opportunities.