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ACTE Announces Alabama Family & Consumer Sciences Teacher as National Award Finalist


October 11, 2016   

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

ACTE Announces Alabama Family & Consumer Sciences Teacher as National Award Finalist

ALEXANDRIA, VA—The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) announces Sarah Hallman, family and consumer sciences teacher at Autauga County Technology Center in Prattville, Alabama, as the recipient of the 2016 ACTE Region II Lifetime Achievement Award. This award recognizes the contributions and distinguished accomplishments of members who have been identified with the work and purposes of the Association for Career and Technical Education over an extended period of time. 

Sarah Hallman has been a Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS) classroom teacher for over 45 years, over which time she has touched the lives of thousands of students. For the last 25 years, she has taught FACS and served as FCCLA sponsor for Autauga County Technology Center in Prattville, Alabama. Long before project-based learning was recognized in educational research, Hallman recognized the value of learning by doing and encouraged her students to think critically, become problem-solvers, and develop a strong work ethic. Her students have participated in STAR (Students Taking Action with Recognition) Events, state and county fair exhibits, a statewide Peanut Recipe Contest, the statewide Beef Cook-Off, career fairs, garden club activities, the Governor’s Inaugural Reception, and numerous service learning projects.

Hallman was one of the first CTE teachers in the state to receive her certification from the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards, and has since presented workshops for NBPTS at her state conference. A strong proponent of lifelong learning, Hallman has received certifications from ServeSafe, business and industry groups, and curriculum related workshops. Hallman has served on numerous committees at the local, state and regional levels, including the Superintendent’s Advisory Committee. Southern Association of Colleges and Schools review teams, and numerous Business and Industry Certification review teams.  She has served as the President of the Alabama FACS section CTE and over her career has received numerous honors and awards including being inducted into the Alabama CTE Hall of Fame. “Sarah Hallman truly personifies excellence and dedication in the field of career and technical education,” says Leslie E. McGough, retired Autauga County CTE Administrator. “She is a role model for both her students and her colleagues, always going above and beyond what is required to ensure success.”

Hallman is one of four 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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