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ACTE Excellence Awards

2009-2010 Award Winners


Mark American Horse

Teacher of the Year

Mark American Horse
Central Technology Center
Sapulpa, Oklahoma

Mark American Horse teaches constitutional law, crime scene investigation, forensic science, patrol tactics, counter-terrorism and self-defense using interactive tools, hands-on experience and demonstrations.

He has been described as helpful, courteous, respectful and respectable. These characteristics, in combination with his strong background in criminal justice education, have made him a leader in his field and community, so much so that he acts as an advisor for criminal justice programs in four states. Mark's students have benefited from real-world experiences, such as the opportunity to work alongside the local Creek County Sheriff's office and assist in the search and discovery of a shotgun used in a double homicide.

American Horse's abilities as an educator have enabled him to impart discipline, work ethic, and skills on his students that are easily touted by parents, colleagues and students alike. 

Watch Mark American Horse's reaction after being named ACTE Teacher of the Year.

Bea Paul

Outstanding Career and Technical Educator

Bea Paul
Autry Technology Center
Enid, Oklahoma

It is Bea Paul's mission to prepare students for the world of work. She prides herself on teaching skills to students based on their individual needs and involving business and industry within the school as much as possible while always looking for the way to do it with the most effective impact.

Her dedication, tireless energy and enthusiasm for her school and students appear to be the right mix for success. Her job fair model is being replicated in other career centers statewide because of its success, she has helped increase enrollment in CTE courses, and employers connect with her to find their next outstanding employee.

Paul has been active in professional organizations on both the national and state levels and motivates others to become involved in ACTE.

Stormie Robeson

Outstanding New Career and Technical Teacher

Stormie Robeson
Francis TuttleTechnology Center
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Health care programs are easily affected by new complexities and the high cost of medical supplies, but Stormie Roberson's determination to give her nursing students the best education available and the pride she has in being a CTE teacher have helped her triumph tremendously. Her lessons not only revolve around industry best practices, but also involve activities that develop communication, teamwork, leadership, conflict management, dependability, honesty and integrity.

Her colleagues and administrators define her as an excellent educator and outstanding role model for students and future nurses because of her dedication that goes far beyond the classroom.

Watch Stormie Robeson's reaction after being named Outstanding New Career and Technical Teacher.

Diane M. Bull

Outstanding Teacher in Community Service

Diane M. Bull
Ponca City Public Schools
Ponca City, Oklahoma

It is Diane Bull's commitment to the philosophy that "successful business people give back to the community" that has made her stand out among her friends, colleagues and even government leaders.

Once her students commit to the service project of their choice (i.e., buying Christmas presents for the needy, or doing promotions for a non-profit), quitting is not an option. They are taught to balance their schedules, even when life may get hectic. To her, CTE gives students the opportunity to see that their futures are only limited by the goals that they set for themselves. Most would have a hard time teaching this type of lesson, but her calm, unassuming, professional and conscientious demeanor makes it appear simple.

Bull also leads by example. She is an active member in the Professional Division of National DECA, the Girl Scouts of America and ACTE, among others.

Kristen Davidson

Arch of Fame

Kristen C. Davidson
Northridge High School
Layton, Utah

Kristen Davidson has been involved with CTE for the majority of her professional life. Her colleagues describe her as extremely dedicated to the students she serves and a master at effectively implementing successful programs. In her role as the CTE coordinator at Northridge High School and an active member of HOSA and ACTE at the state and national levels, she has led many students to complete their educations as physicians, physical therapists, nurses, medical assistants, dental assistants and EMTs, among other fields.

Always known for her academic rigor, Davidson was recruited early in her career by the Weber State college Nursing Department to develop a curriculum for a new operating room training program designed to teach both technicians and nurses. Since then, she has been instrumental in helping to create a health science curriculum for both state and national levels, compliant with national health care skill standards, by participating in the development of curriculum for the state of Utah Health Science Program in Medical Anatomy and Physiology and Medical Terminology, and the development of a national health science curriculum sponsored by the National Consortium on Health Science and Technology.

Clearly, Davidson also believes that real-world experience and community outreach are integral to advance her students' education. She has influenced and helped her students work with organizations like the Red Cross, Utah Commission on Volunteers, Community Emergency Response Teams, Medical Reserve Corp and Public Health Service to promote health science education.   

Watch Kristen Davidson's acceptance speech during ACTE's 2009 Convention. 

Award of Merit

Caddo Career & Technology Center Foundation
Shreveport, LA

The Caddo Career & Technology Center (CCTC) Foundation was originally begun in 1996 to award scholarships to qualifying seniors graduating from CCTC to continue their career and technical education at the postsecondary level. To date, it has been able to offer &634,000 in scholarship money to 404 students capable of completing college, but may not have been able to receive scholarships otherwise.

The Foundation and school work closely together throughout the year. At the beginning, teachers are provided portfolio guidelines and a scholarship rubric to help students prepare to apply for the scholarships. Often, members of the Foundation serve as guest speakers for individual program areas or schoolwide assemblies, and serve on the school's advisory council, which offers the CTE teachers insight and expertise as to the needs of the current workforce.

In 2006, the Foundation expanded its initiatives and acquired property across the street from the school to begin a community service effort with Habitat for Humanity of Northwest Louisiana, which will involve the school's teachers and students building homes.

Carl Perkins Humanitarian Award

Larry Leatham
Weber School District
Ogden, UT

ACTE is honored to offer the Carl Perkins Humanitarian Award to Larry Leatham, who received glowing endorsements from the Weber School District and the majority whip of the Utah State Legislature for his dedication to education and the respect he has for all his students.

The importance of CTE was never lost on Leatham. Throughout his career as both a teacher and administrator, he met many students who had lost interest and were struggling to stay in school. He found that channeling these students into CTE courses and providing them with lessons applicable to the world of work motivated them.

When Leatham became the school-to-careers coordinator with the Weber District, he took many projects head-on with great results. Along with the district CTE coordinator and school CTE coordinators, he helped develop career pyramids guiding students on which classes to take for a particular career pathway, leading them through a seamless education. He also served on the committee that put together a Career Majors Institute. Teachers, administrators, counselors and parents observed and evaluated the CTE programs in each junior and high school in four districts and put together a time-lined program to implement changes and/or improvements to their CTE programs.

In addition to the success he has had within the schools, he continues to offer his services to state and local agencies to promote the importance of higher education with a great emphasis on CTE.

Outstanding Service Award

Clay Christenson
Mountainland Applied Technology College
American Fork, UT

Throughout his career, Clay Christenson has had a very long list of accomplishments that have been noticed by colleagues, the Utah State Board of Education, and the Utah State Senate. From serving as a member of the Utah K-16 Educational Alliance Board that coordinates career pathways and occupational career planning and development with other college presidents and school district superintendents, co-writing and implementing the Utah special education/career and technical education curriculum for special populations, being active in the Utah Quarter Horse Association and Utah High School Rodeo Association, and training the 2006 and 2007 Utah HOSA Parliamentary Procedure winning team, it seems he rarely sits still.

Knowledge and staying current on research and best practices is important to Christenson. Not only does he work hard to keep himself well-informed, but he also developed and implemented a district-wide CTE instructor in service day. A team of teacher is given a budget and a day of professional development that includes participants taking equipment and curriculum back to their respective schools.

As Christenson makes his impact as campus president for the Mountainland Applied Technology College, we foresee many more great achievements for CTE in the future!

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