2011-2012 Award Winners
Teacher of the Year
Southern Oklahoma Technology Center
Cindy Adams of Sulphur, Oklahoma, always knew she wanted to teach
and demonstrates a deep passion for helping others develop skills that will
lead to successful employment opportunities.
Adams has served the last six years as a
campus adviser and coordinator for the National Technical Honor Society,
working annually with over 100 students in 18 different programs. To ensure the
success of all students, she incorporates unique hands-on projects to reinforce
learning and simulate real-world scenarios that engage students in a fun
classroom setting. Adams exemplifies her classroom motto, ”Learn It, Love It,
Live It,” as she motivates her students to develop a love for learning and
serving so they, too, can live their lives loving what they do.
Outside the classroom, she is busy creating partnerships for her medical
office administration program with Murray State College and Oklahoma State
University Institute of Technology. Under her instruction, students have earned
over 1,570 hours of college credit.
A colleague appreciates Adams’s dedication:
“Cynthia recognizes there’s no education like real life. Her students walk away
with experience of policy and procedure, office technology, professionalism and
ethics to succeed.”
Watch Cindy's video testimony to CTE at the 2011 ACTE Annual Convention and
Career Tech Expo!
Outstanding Career and Technical Educator
Colleges and Universities
St. Paul, Minnesota
Richard Joerger has made significant contributions to CTE through his
extensive research and work in teacher professional development. With more than
30 years of experience, including experiences in agricultural education,
secondary education, consulting and higher education, Joerger has been a leader
in developing programs that improve teacher induction and professional
development. He has been prolific in authoring and disseminating materials on
CTE research and teaching models, many of which have been included in academic
peer-reviewed journals. Joerger’s research and work has also provided a model
on how research in CTE should be conducted, which has become a widely used
In addition to serving as the system director for farm and small business
management and agriculture, food and natural resource programs for the Minnesota State Colleges
and Universities, Joerger serves the profession on a national level with his
leadership roles on the ACTE Data and Research Task Force and several
other professional organizations.
Joerger said, “Career and technical education is important for every citizen
if the USA is to have a sound infrastructure, economy and social environment,”
and he has supported this vision by creating and supporting strong professional
development programs for teachers who spread the word about CTE to students.
Watch Richard's video testimony to CTE at the 2011 ACTE Annual Convention and
Career Tech Expo!
Outstanding New Career and Technical Teacher
Fairview Public Schools
Mindi Clark prepares leaders for the 21st century. As an agricultural
education instructor and FFA adviser at Fairview High School,
she is surrounded by a community of values and integrity that are a direct
reflection of its students. Since she started teaching, Clark
has offered a challenging curriculum in the lay of the land in agriculture and
finds a way for her students to attend leadership conferences despite financial
setbacks. The struggle is worth the success, with students having gone on to
serve as state FFA officers, state FFA Foundation leadership positions, and
active leaders in organizations at the postsecondary level.
Clark is always looking for ways to better
herself and her students. Each year, she plans a variety of activities for her
students to participate in, such as the local labor auction, fundraising for
the FFA chapter, Hospice Circle
of Love Christmas project and more. A fellow FFA adviser mentions, “Rather than
simply participate, Mindi has trained her students to a level where they
compete in every contest.”
Clark’s motivation for agricultural
education is a commitment to seeing first-hand the positive difference
agricultural education can have in the life of a student.
Watch Mindi's video testimony to CTE at the 2011 ACTE Annual Convention and
Career Tech Expo!
Outstanding Teacher in Community Service
Peoria Unified School District
Deb Moore has brought a decade of marketing experience to her career as a
CTE professional. As a marketing instructor at Raymond
High School, Moore believes that
serving others and a need to give back to the community are not genetic traits,
but learned skills that teachers need to model more often. The efforts of her
students have raised more than $100,000 to the local community. The greatest
gift Moore believes she can present to her students is to understand that
building a community starts with caring, and caring starts with their knowing
the power of one person to make a difference.
students have succeeded in both service and skills due to her phenomenal
instructional techniques and complete application of the Total CTE Program
model. The students have earned regional, state and national awards in DECA as
A fellow colleague commented on her extraordinary service, “After 30 years
in education, I can assure you that I have never seen a teacher who so
effectively integrates community service into her program and who has had a
bigger impact on the quality of life in her community as Deb Moore.”
Watch Deb's video testimony to CTE at the 2011 ACTE Annual Convention and
Career Tech Expo!
The mikeroweWORKS Foundation
Santa Monica, California
The Association for Career and Technical Education is proud to present the
2012 ACTE Image Award to Mike Rowe. When told about
this award, Rowe said, “Who knew that inseminating cows, babysitting exotic
animals, installing lightning rods and working as a hydroelectric dam mechanic
would lead to such an honor?”
The truth is, Rowe has been a staunch advocate for CTE for much of his life.
In fact, he attributes the idea leading to the creation of his Discovery
Channel show, Dirty Jobs, to his father and grandfather. “They taught
me the value of a hard day’s work and the dedication workers put into even the
most difficult, dangerous and disgusting jobs.”
Since the show’s inception in 2005, Rowe has served as an apprentice on more
than 300 jobs in all 50 states, jobs that most people would go out of their way
to avoid. And over the past seven years, Rowe’s main objective has been to
celebrate the hard-working men and women who make civilized life possible for
the rest of us.
To put that objective into more concrete terms, in 2008, Rowe launched mikeroweWORKS,
a website focused on promoting the skilled trades and providing information
about trade careers, education and training. At the same time, he formed The
mikeroweWORKS Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity to provide scholarships,
tools and aid to further advance the skilled trades. In addition, Rowe
has been involved in a number of activities highlighting the importance and
value of our skilled workforce and shortage of people entering the trades by
launching the Association of Equipment Manufacturers grassroots campaign “I
Make America”, providing scholarships through organizations such as the AED
Foundation and SkillsUSA, as well as speaking to organizations, such as the FFA
(formerly Future Farmers of America), American Farm Bureau Federation and
The most high-profile example of Rowe’s efforts to call attention to the
growing skills gap and lack of skilled workers came in May 2011, when he
testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and
Transportation. That testimony
has been viewed thousands of times on his website and on YouTube.
Watch the video of Mike Rowe accepting the ACTE Image Award!
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