Alabama Teacher Wins ACTE's Outstanding Teacher in Community Service Award
January 13, 2014
ALEXANDRIA, VA—The Association for Career and Technical Education announces Felicia Williams of Alabama as the 2014 ACTE Outstanding Teacher in Community Service. Williams is a family and consumer sciences (FACS) instructor at Horseshoe Bend High School in New Site, Alabama. As the Region II winner of ACTE's Outstanding Teacher in Community Service Award, Williams was one of five finalists vying for the national title of 2014 Outstanding Teacher in Community Service. The award is given in recognition of significant accomplishments and demonstrated outstanding leadership in programs and activities that promote community service. Williams 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.
As a family and consumer sciences teacher and Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) sponsor at Horseshoe Bend School (grades K-12), Felicia Williams has brought positive attention to her school with her students' award-winning service projects. One of her students' most successful projects started as an anti-bullying presentation for second-graders that incorporated puppets, activities and games. The project began in response to a student survey indicating that bullying was on the rise in Williams' school, and aimed to provide younger students with the skills to cope with bullying situations. After receiving a perfect score and a gold medal at the national FCCLA competition, Williams and her students were featured in a local newspaper article, and shortly after were asked to present to 750 students at a neighboring school. Invigorated by the project's success, Williams' students expanded the project to address fifth- and sixth-grade students by creating a video about the different types of bullying. The project went on to receive state and national awards, including a $500 award that the team used to sponsor a speaker to come talk to students about "the power of one."
In addition to the anti-bullying project, Williams has also organized a Pink Fashion Show to raise money for the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life, helped collect and deliver donated items to schools affected by tornadoes, and coordinated the cake walk at her school's Fall Festival. New Site's former mayor said, "Ms. Williams sets very high standards for herself and for her students, and her commitment to excellence has really benefited our town and the communities serviced by Horseshoe Bend School."
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.