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ACTE Announces Kentucky Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher as National Award Finalist


October 11, 2016

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

ACTE Announces Kentucky Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher as National Award Finalist

ALEXANDRIA, VA—The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) announces Sarah Raikes, a family and consumer sciences teacher at Washington County High School in Springfield, Kentucky, as the 2016 Region II Teacher of the Year. This award recognizes the finest career and technical teachers at the middle/secondary school level who have demonstrated innovation in the classroom, commitment to their students and dedication to the improvement of CTE in their institutions and communities. The Teacher of the Year Award is sponsored by Express Employment Professionals.

Sarah Raikes is a family and consumer sciences (FACS) teacher at Washington County High School in Springfield, Kentucky, where she and a co-worker teach as many as 9 different courses to over 300 students. Raikes has been involved in FACS for the past 29 years and has been at forefront of developing many curriculum and career initiatives at the local, state and national levels. She was a part of the task force to develop National Family and Consumer Sciences Standards and served on the Kentucky task force to develop a Career and College Ready Definition, which ultimately ensured that CTE programs were part of the accountability score in Kentucky. Raikes has served as President of Kentucky Association of FACS and Kentucky ACTE (KACTE); she was on the original KACTE Leadership Committee, has been a Kentucky Teacher Intern Program Mentor for 7 years, a State Skills Standards writer and scorer, a State Curriculum Writer, and part of the Curriculum Steering Committee and National Standards Implementation Committee.  

Many of Raikes’ courses not only earn students academic credits in high school but dual credits for college. Her culinary students prepare food for over 20 functions a year and produce their own cooking show. Raikes advises the largest and one of the most active FCCLA chapters in the state; her chapter members include numerous regional and state officers and STAR Events winners. “[Mrs. Raikes] had a way of making me feel like I was important, that I was someone special, and that I had a purpose in life,” says Hannah Edelen, former student. “Without her, I would not be the young woman I am today.”   

Raikes 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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