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ACTE Announces Minnesota Agricultural Teacher as National Award Finalist


September 13, 2016

Contact: Jarrod Nagurka 
jnagurka@acteonline.org, 703-683-9312 



ACTE Announces Minnesota Agricultural Teacher as National Award Finalist

ALEXANDRIA, VA—The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) announces Lindsey Brown, an agricultural teacher at Mountain Lake High School in Mountain Lake, Minnesota, as the 2016 Region III New Teacher of the Year. This award recognizes CTE teachers with 3-5 years’ experience (at the middle, secondary or postsecondary level) who have made significant contributions toward innovative and unique career and technical education programs and shown a professional commitment early in their careers. 

When Lindsey Brown began her career teaching agriculture education at Chisago Lakes High School in 2011, enrollment was steady, FFA membership had not increased for several years, and classroom resources were limited. She successfully helped write grants totaling $40,000 to purchase resources for innovative class activities and introduced supervised agriculture experiences for student leaders in the program. Under her leadership, FFA membership grew from 40 to 55 members in two years, involvement in FFA activities increased by 35%, and the chapter won several first place awards and regional officer elections. In the fall of 2013, Brown returned home to teach at Mountain Lake High School, where she infuses fun activities into the 15 classes she teaches across agricultural subjects—from Iron Chef competitions in world food class to the game of ‘Life’ in personal finance. Mountain Lake High School's FFA chapter has flourished under Brown's guidance: with an average of 13 career development events (CDE) teams advancing to state contest; one of her students was elected as a region officer; and the school's participation in their region's summer tour was revived. “Ms. Brown’s enthusiasm and joy of teaching has made her one of the students’ favorites,” said student parent Esther Klassen.

A certified Curriculum for Agriculture Science Education (CASE) teacher, Brown regularly presents the CASE curriculum at workshops for other teachers. She is also heavily involved in Region 6 FFA activities. Brown is a leader in Minnesota’s Teacher Induction Program (TIP) for new agriculture teachers and in 2014 contributed to a new Minnesota Agriculture Resource Guide providing important information teachers need to assist them in this challenging career. She currently produces a monthly newsletter for all new agriculture education teachers in the state.

Brown is one of five finalists for the 2017 national title. The national winner will be announced at the ACTE Awards Banquet, a dinner and award presentation recognizing the best CTE educators in the country. The event will take place on Wednesday evening, November 30, during ACTE’s CareerTech VISION 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Awards Banquet is sponsored by Express Employment Professionals, the US Army, CareerSafe, Certiport, Stratasys, and International Baccalaureate. For more information about the ACTE Excellence Awards, visit our webpage.


About ACTE 
The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) is the nation’s largest not-for-profit association committed to the advancement of education that prepares youth and adults for successful careers. ACTE represents the community of CTE professionals, including educators, administrators, researchers, guidance counselors and others at all levels of education. ACTE is committed to excellence in providing advocacy, public awareness and access to resources, professional development and leadership opportunities. 


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