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ACTE Announces Alabama CTE Program Chair as National Award Finalist

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October 11, 2016

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


ACTE Announces Alabama CTE Program Chair as National Award Finalist

ALEXANDRIA, VA—The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) announces Kim Holdbrooks Townsel, Program Chair for Career & Technical Education at Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, Alabama, as the 2016 Region II Postsecondary Teacher of the Year. This award recognizes career and technical teachers and teacher educators who have demonstrated excellence and best practices in career and technical education at the postsecondary level. 

Kim Holdbrooks Townsel is a National Board Certified Teacher with over twenty-two years of CTE teaching experience at the high school, middle school, and university levels. Townsel earned her doctorate in Instructional Leadership at the University of Alabama where her studies of the analytical, psychological and philosophical aspects of education prepared her to become a leader in pre-service in teacher certification and professional development. As the program chair for CTE at Jacksonville State University (JSU) in Jacksonville, Alabama, Townsel supervises the CTE teacher education program and has established three CTE graduate programs. She implemented a two-year cohort that requires CTE pre-service teachers to demonstrate competencies in Business and Industry Certification compliance, CTSO advisement, Advisory Committee management, curriculum planning with state standards, project-based assessment, standards-based assessment, professional communications, professional development and evaluation, and teaching methods. “Dr. Townsel has an admirable and contagious passion for CTE programs,” says Jessica Blair, former student. “Her excitement for teaching and learning is what kept me striving to become a career tech educator.”

Each spring, Townsel hosts a CTE Educators’ panel during which recent JSU graduates who are employed in CTE teaching positions return to share with current JSU CTE teacher candidates their experiences and tips from the field. At the local level, she serves on several local schools’ advisory committees for CTE programs. Townsel has been involved in several professional organizations, committees, advisory groups and pilots through Alabama ACTE, the National Praxis Board for the Educational Testing Services, the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, and Phi Delta Kappa. Townsel has presented at state and national conferences, written several books, and has earned numerous scholarships and awards during her education career.

Townsel 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.

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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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