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ACTE Excellence Awards

2010-2011 Award Winners

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Teacher of the Year

Gary Weese

Gary Weese
Caddo Career & Technology Center
Shreveport, Louisiana

Gary Weese, CCTC Automotive Technology Instructor, exemplifies a teacher who is passionate about his profession – teaching students the skills needed for future employment in the field of automotive technology. With his own established automotive repair business, Gary maintains a level of expertise that does not go unnoticed by his colleagues and students. When he began teaching at CCTC, the automotive technology students were still training on carburetors that are not part of today’s automobile. Gary worked to get the program nationally certified by the automotive industry. His efforts included construction of a new building, installation of new modern equipment in shop laboratories, and providing late model vehicles for hands-on training.

Gary not only brings the necessary education and professional credentials to the table, he has also significantly contributed in serving as the guiding force for several unique programs and concepts within the Automotive Technology Program. As a teacher, Gary has led the automotive department in earning the prestigious NATEF (National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation) certification with the first perfect-score ever awarded in the United States. Under his leadership, his department had the first Louisiana team compete in the New York National Automotive Contest. The department was further validated recently as CCTC was recognized as “Tomorrow’s Technician 2010 School of the Year."

Gary spends hours during the evenings after school and on week-ends giving students extra training. This training was not only for competitions or events, but also for any weakness the students wish to overcome. As one student wrote to us at ACTE, “Thanks to Gary, everything in this program is about the students”. 

Watch Gary Weese's acceptance speech at the 2010 ACTE Awards Ceremony in Las Vegas.

Outstanding Career and Technical Educator

Jeanette Capshaw

Jeanette Capshaw
Moore Norman Technology Center
Norman, Oklahoma

Jeanette Capshaw understands that CTE provides the quintessential bridge between academic theory and professional application. During her 30 years as an educator, Jeanette has established over a dozen of the most innovative programs in Oklahoma’s CareerTech system. Currently, she serves as Project Director and is responsible for research and the development of new programs and career majors. She has served her academic community as an instructional leader by providing support and professional development. In her previous role as a Counselor at Metro Technology Centers, Jeanette developed and implemented an at-risk program called Winner’s Circle which was designed to motivate at-risk high school students to stay enrolled and earn their diplomas. The majority of those at-risk students who participated in her program graduated high school.

Jeanette’s involvement as an officer in numerous Oklahoma CareerTech organizations has expanded her level of understanding of CTE and has also increased her network of resources across the state. Jeanette also believes that it is her responsibility to provide guidance to new administrators, at the local and state level through a mentoring program at Moore Norman Technology Center. She is also an advocate for leadership training in CTE. Her most notable accomplishment has been the creation of a statewide “CareerTech Women in Leadership” program which provides training of potential and new women leaders moving into senior administrative positions in Oklahoma Technology Centers.

Outstanding New Career and Technical Teacher

Buddy Neasbitt

Buddy Neasbitt
Great Plains Technology Center
Lawton, Oklahoma

Buddy Neasbitt brought his extensive career as a police officer and adjunct professor to a budding idea of a Criminal Justice Academy at Great Plains Technology Center. In the process of implementing the Academy, Buddy was involved in every step of the development. Admission to the Criminal Justice Officer career major is highly coveted due to Buddy’s high expectation of his students and his graduates’ high success rates in law enforcement careers.

Buddy’s ability to build and maintain coalitions with other agencies has allowed Great Plains Technology Center to build a joint-use facility which houses both the Criminal Justice Office career major and the emergency dispatch services for both the City of Lawton and Comanche County. The facility will also house the Lawton Training Division and Police Academy, which makes the centralization of services a valuable asset to Southwest Oklahoma. As a new teacher, Buddy has taken a leadership role and is currently preparing other criminal justice instructors to serve in similar roles in their trade group and in CTE.

Outstanding Teacher in Community Service

Joe Wollinger

Joe Wollinger
Blackhawk Technical College
Janesville, Wisconsin

Chef Joe Wollinger has been involved in community service for over 22 years since he began his career at Blackhawk Technical College (BTC) in 1988. Chef Joe and his students have prepared and donated hundreds of meals for the community for a variety of programs such as Hospice and the YWCA and for events such as the Christmas Day Turkey Dinner. Chef Joe is the leader for BTC in raising funds for worldwide disaster relief and successfully raised money to support the victims of September 11th, the 2004 tsunami, Hurricane Katrina, and the recent earthquake in Haiti. Under Chef Joe’s leadership and guidance, a Culinary Team of staff and students has accumulated over $100,000 in the Culinary Arts Endowment Fund in which financial support is allocated to help culinary students who need assistance while attending college.

Chef Joe strives to instill a sense of “Culinary Community” to his students. For example, he developed a “Farm to Table” initiative in which produce, meats and cheeses are purchased from local farmers to stimulate the local economy as well as enlighten students as to where the food comes from and helping to reduce the carbon footprint. This initiative has now become a state-wide action plan thanks to Chef Joe’s spirited campaign and respected influence. Joe recently served on the Board of Commissioners for the American Culinary Federation allowing him to travel across the nation doing evaluations of culinary programs. Chef Joe values community service as a relevant part of his student’s training and his own dedication to community service shines throughout his extensive career as a chef and culinary arts instructor.

Carl Perkins Outstanding Service Award

J.C. Perrin

J.C. Perrin
West Boca Raton Community High School
Boca Raton, Florida

J.C. Perrin has served in numerous leadership roles within his local community of Palm Beach County for over 24 years that promoted career and technical education. As a member of the West Boca Raton High School’s Community Academies Advisory Board (CAAB), he has been a moving force in the success of the four career academies. He provides work experience for the students in the Drafting & Design and the IT Academies, by soliciting paying projects, such as the desktop publishing and web design. In the Culinary Arts Academy, Mr. Perrin has sponsored dinners to provide real world catering experiences, and in the Medical Sciences Academy, Mr. Perrin has helped arrange contracts for clinical rotations.

Perrin was the founder and lead recruiter for the Success at Work ($AWII) Program for high school students, and a respected instructor in the Junior Achievement Program. He also served as a former Chairman of the Greater Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce and now serves as the current Chairman of the Chamber’s Golden Bell Education Foundation. In these roles he encouraged his colleagues to place career and technical education as a priority when awarding their competitive grants to public school teachers. He has also been awarded multiple honors including “Business Partner of the Year” and “Community Leader of the Year.”

Throughout his career, Perrin has been recognized by both students and staff of Palm Beach County School District, as well as by regional, state and national education organizations for his never ending efforts in the field of career and technical education. He has been a true leader, mentor, and advisor to his community, and continues to live up to Rep. Perkin’s zeal which is why he is bestowed the honor of the “Carl Perkins Outstanding Service Award.”

Lifetime Achievement Award

Rhonda Hoyman

Rhonda Hoyman
Baltimore County Public Schools
Glen Arm, Maryland

Throughout her career, Rhonda Hoyman has acquired a long list of accomplishments and has positively impacted her local community. With over 32 years of supervisory, technical, career, and special needs educational experience at the state, county, and school-based levels, she has gone above and beyond one lifetime’s worth of achievements. Hoyman has developed 22 new career completer programs in Baltimore County and established a national model Associated builders and Contractors Apprenticeship program that was the foundation of the current NCCER certification for all of the 17 construction programs also located in Baltimore County. She has supported student leadership and skill attainment through her never ending efforts to promote and provide resources to schools for Skills USA, FFA, HOSA, and other competitions.

Along with her many achievements, Hoyman has lead construction teams four times in Honduras to help build shelters for distressed women and has donated two school buses to their community. She has also conducted many community outreach programs such as Habitat for Humanity and other non-profit involvement which she coordinated with the CTE programs under her supervision.

One of the many award plaques in Hoyman’s office reads, “In recognition of her hard work, tireless efforts, boundless enthusiasm and dedication to teachers and students.” This phrase clearly states how Hoyman’s tireless efforts continue to provide leadership, vision, and achievement in career and technology education. With “ATTITUDE” as her motto, she continues to exert a positive can-do outlook on education programs and student success. Rhonda Hoyman’s ceaseless efforts and actions continue to significantly benefit the local, regional, and national community and economy.

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