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ACTE Region V Announces Winners at 2017 Annual Conference

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April 11, 2017

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Kate Dowdy, ACTE
703-683-9305; kdowdy@acteonline.org

ACTE Region V Announces Winners at 2017 Annual Conference

The Association of Career and Technical Educators (ACTE) Region V held its annual conference on April 5-8 at the Rushmore Plaza Holiday Inn in Rapid City, SD. The theme for this year’s conference was “Leaders in the Pack!” Stephen DeWitt, ACTE Deputy Executive Director, commented “I’m confident that this year’s Region V Conference will help us all to become better leaders as we meet in a common purpose to improve teaching and learning.”

The Publication Awards and Innovative Program Awards were presented on Friday. The following states received ACTE Region V Publication Awards and received a digital badge to display on future publications:

  • Newsletter – Montana, Montana ACTE-ENews
  • Membership Recruitment – Arizona, ACTE AZ Membership
  • Conference Publication – Montana, We Are CTE
  • Advocacy Publication – Washington, WOVE Legislative Update for Career and Technical Education
  • Website Publication – Arizona, ACTE AZ

The Innovative Program Awards recognize innovative career and technical education programs from each Region V state that are unique, novel, and are serving to improve and promote the image of career and technical education. Receiving Innovative Program Awards this year were:

  • Bryan Stastny, North Dakota – Distance Welding Technology
  • Laureen Mehlert, South Dakota – CTE Academy Digital Music Program
  • Jacqueline Brewster, Washington – FACS/GRADS (Graduation Reality and Dual Role Skills)
  • Jim Weber, Montana – CNC Machining
  • Jason McCutcheon, Arizona – Advanced Construction Program

On Saturday, 53 state award winners from 14 states vied for the title of ACTE Region V Excellence Award winner. These awards recognize members for their contributions to career and technical education.  The following people were chosen as award recipients for 2017.

Sara Quintana was presented with the ACTE Region V New Teacher of the Year award. This award recognizes teachers who have made a significant contribution toward innovative CTE programs and have shown accomplishments early in his/her professional career. Sara is an Engineering & Technology instructor at Rancho High School in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Sheree Moser was presented the ACTE Region V Post-Secondary Teacher of the Year award. This award recognizes the accomplishments and innovations contributed to the CTE community by a postsecondary teacher/educator. Sheree is an Assistant Professor of Practice at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, Nebraska. 

Sharon Metzger was presented the ACTE Region V Teacher of the Year award.  This award recognizes teachers who have provided outstanding CTE programs in their respective fields and communities.  Sharon is an Agriculture Education instructor at Basha High School in Chandler, Arizona.  

Jillian Johnson-Sharp was presented the ACTE Region V Administrator of the Year award. This award recognizes an administrator who has made significant contributions to CTE programs in their communities and/or state. Jillian is an Administrator for Central Orange County CTE Partnership in Santa Ana, California.

Kelly Hoelting was presented the ACTE Region V Carl Perkins Community Service Award. This award recognizes a CTE professional who has made significant accomplishments and demonstrated leadership in programs and activities that promote community service. Kelly is an Agriculture Education instructor at Mission Valley USD #330 in Eskridge, Kansas.

Jan Fellow was presented the ACTE Region V Career Guidance Award. This award recognizes a school counselor or career development professional who has made significant contributions to CTE programs in his/her communities and/or state. Jan is a school counselor at Dysart Unified School District in Surprise, Arizona.

Roxanne Trees was presented the ACTE Region V Lifetime Achievement Award. This award recognizes contributions and distinguished accomplishments of individuals who have been identified with the work and vision of the Association for Career and Technical Education. Roxanne retired as CTE Specialist from Seattle Public Schools in Seattle, Washington.

The ACTE Region V Excellence Award winners will advance to the national level where they compete against the other 4 Regions at CareerTech Vision 2017 to be named the ACTE Excellence Award winner of the year. CareerTech Vision 2017 will be held December 6-9, 2017 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee.

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