ACTE Announces Arizona Assistant Superintendent as National Award Finalist

September 15, 2021


September 15, 2021

Contact: Megan Kmiotek


ACTE Announces Arizona Assistant Superintendent as National Award Finalist


ALEXANDRIA, VA—Today, the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) announced John Mulcahy, Assistant Superintendent at Western Maricopa Education Center in Glendale, Arizona, as the recipient of the 2021 ACTE Region V Lifetime Achievement Award. This award recognizes career and technical education (CTE) professionals for their leadership on behalf of ACTE, their innovations in CTE and their contributions to the field over an extended period of time. At the virtual Awards Gala, ACTE will be inducting all five Lifetime Achievement national finalists into the new ACTE Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame honors the leadership of CTE professionals who have made enduring contributions to CTE throughout their career.

John Mulcahy retired in 2021 as the assistant superintendent for the Western Maricopa Education Center (West-MEC). During his eleven years with West-MEC, Mulcahy oversaw professional development, Adult Education, strategic planning and a host of other projects and responsibilities. Prior to working at West-MEC, Mulcahy spent 26 years in the Peoria Unified School District. Mulcahy taught agricultural education at Peoria High School and started the district’s student internship program before moving to the district office where he oversaw Career and Technical Education, Technology Life Careers, intervention and counseling. Mulcahy also taught agricultural education in Vancouver, Washington.  In addition, he spent three years as a lecturer at the University of Arizona.


Mulcahy has severed in a variety of leadership positions over the course of his career.  He held all offices in the Arizona Agricultural Educators Association. He held several offices in the Arizona Association for Career and Technical Education including two terms as president. He also spearheaded the Arizona CTE Leadership Continuum, an effort designed to raise up leaders in CTE. He served on a variety of state and local boards including the Arizona National Livestock Show, Arizona Business and Education Coalition, K-12 Center and more.  He also served two terms as a school board member. He was also involved in a number of community volunteer efforts including the Arizona Teachers’ Forum, Educators Rising, Wells Fargo Teachers’ Partner Grant Program and the Maricopa County Fair.


Mulcahy earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin—Madison.  He earned his master’s degree from the University of Arizona. He earned a doctorate from Northern Arizona University.  Mulcahy has been the recipient of numerous awards including the 2001 Arizona Teacher of the Year.


Mulcahy is one of five finalists for the 2021 national title. The national winner will be announced at the virtual ACTE Awards Gala, an award presentation recognizing the best CTE educators in the country. The virtual event will take place on November 30 at 5:00 p.m. ET.  The virtual Awards Gala is sponsored by Express Employment Professionals, Goodheart-Willcox and Stratasys. For more information about the ACTE Excellence Awards, visit our webpage.



About ACTE
The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) is the nation’s largest not-for-profit association committed to the advancement of education that prepares youth and adults for successful careers. ACTE represents the community of CTE professionals, including educators, administrators, researchers, school counselors, guidance and career development professionals and others at all levels of education. ACTE is committed to excellence in providing advocacy, public awareness and access to resources, professional development and leadership opportunities.

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