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ACTE Announces 2014 Region IV Excellence Award Winners, National Award Finalists


April 14, 2014

ALEXANDRIA, VA—The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2014 Region IV Excellence Awards:

ACTE Region IV Teacher of the Year, sponsored by Cisco—Patricia Tapley from Idabel, Oklahoma
ACTE Region IV Career Guidance Award, sponsored by Kuder, Inc.—Jeanie Bragg from Denton, Texas
ACTE Region IV Administrator of the Year—Gregory Shipp from Conroe, Texas
ACTE Region IV New Teacher of the Year—Amber Hairston from Monticello, Arkansas
ACTE Region IV Carl Perkins Community Service Award—Kristal Young from Monticello, Arkansas

The winners were announced at an awards ceremony during the ACTE Region IV conference in New Orleans, Louisiana on April 12, 2014. Region winners were selected from among state award winners in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Texas.

The ACTE Excellence Awards promote merit in career and technical education (CTE) by recognizing individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to CTE, programs that exemplify the highest standards and organizations that have conducted activities to promote and expand CTE programs. Award winners serve as inspirational leaders to ACTE by embodying the core values of serving students and being committed to CTE. For more information about the ACTE Excellence Awards, please click here.

The Region IV winners will progress as national finalists in their categories. The national winners will be announced at the ACTE Awards Banquet, a dinner and award presentation recognizing the best CTE educators in the country, which will take place on Wednesday, November 19, during ACTE’s CareerTech VISION 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. For more information about the 2014 Awards Banquet, please click here.



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