ACTE Announces North Carolina Director as National Award Finalist

September 29, 2021


September 30, 2021

Contact: Megan Kmiotek


ACTE Announces North Carolina Director as National Award Finalist


ALEXANDRIA, VA—Today, the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) announced Daryle Adams, Ed.S, Director of Secondary Education, CTE for Kannapolis City Schools in Kannapolis, North Carolina, as the 2021 ACTE Region II Administrator of the Year. This award recognizes administrative career and technical education (CTE) professionals at the school, district, county, state or federal level in the 11 states and Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and the Bahamas, in Region II. The nominees from each state must have demonstrated outstanding leadership in ensuring teacher and student success and have made significant contributions toward innovative, unique and effective CTE programs.


Daryle Adams moved to Atlanta, Georgia from St. Thomas, USVI to attend college at Emory University where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science. After working as an intern in his Congressman from the USVI’s district office he decided to pursue a social science education degree from the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, IA. With an education degree in hand, he returned to Atlanta to teach social studies.


After ten years in Atlanta, Adams relocated to North Carolina in 2005 where he taught in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School System before finally settling in Kannapolis where he was selected as KSC’s Teacher of the Year in 2010. While in Kannapolis he earned his master’s degree in Administration from Wingate University and now holds an Ed.S in Leadership from the same institution. Since obtaining his administration degree he transitioned from classroom teacher to high school administrator. Today, he currently serves as Kannapolis City School’s Director of Secondary Education, CTE.


Adams is one of five finalists for the 2022 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 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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