Alabama Teacher Wins National ACTE Outstanding New Career and Technical Teacher Award
January 13, 2014
ALEXANDRIA, VA—The Association for Career and Technical Education announces Briana Lynn Morton of Alabama as the 2014 Outstanding New Career and Technical Teacher. Morton is a family and consumer sciences (FACS) teacher and FCCLA adviser at Homewood Middle School in Homewood, Alabama. As the Region II winner of ACTE's Outstanding New Career and Technical Teacher award, Morton was one of five finalists competing for the 2014 national title. The award recognizes an individual who has made significant contributions toward innovative and unique career and technical education programs and shown a professional commitment early in an education career. Morton was announced as the national winner during the ACTE Awards Banquet on Wednesday, Dec. 4 at ACTE's CareerTech VISION 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Inspired to help students growing up in rural areas like the community she came from, Briana Lynn Morton left a career in apparel merchandising to become a FACS teacher. In order to prepare her students for success in a 21st-century global society, Morton has made it her mission to incorporate cutting-edge technology in her classroom and has acquired more than $15,000 in grants to make this possible. Her students are proficient in electronic education tools, including Moodle, Edmondo and E-pals, and have created their own wikis, websites, blogs and educational podcasts, 10 of which have been featured on the award-winning Alabama Learning Exchange (ALEX). In addition, Morton's middle school students highlight the school's CTE program while producing their school newspaper. One of their favorite projects has been creating businesses selling products made from recycled materials and donating the proceeds to charity. Morton's students have been recognized with the "Making a Difference" award by the local NBC news team for their community service.
Morton is dedicated to her own professional development, as well as sharing her successful practices with others. She has submitted 15 original lesson plans on ALEX and has created several career-based learning modules for the Alabama Department of Education and Alabama Public Television. Morton's approachability as a teacher and engaging lessons have earned the admiration of her students, and her collaborative spirit impresses her colleagues and principal, who said, "Mrs. Morton cares about each and every student and staff person at our school. This is a teacher who is about helping the entire school improve, not just her class."
The ACTE Awards Banquet was sponsored by Cisco, Kuder Inc., Stratasys, CEV Multimedia Ltd. Certiport, Successful Practices Network and Yaskawa Motoman Robotics.
The Association for Career and Technical Education is the nation's largest not-for-profit education association dedicated to the advancement of education that prepares youth and adults for successful careers. Founded in 1926, ACTE has more than 25,000 members; career and technical educators, administrators, researchers, guidance counselors and others involved in planning and conducting career and technical education programs at the secondary, postsecondary and adult levels. ACTE provides advocacy, public awareness and access to information on career and technical education, professional development and tools that enable members to be successful and effective leaders.