Literacy in CTE – Why it has to be us.

As I work with our district instructional coach, who is also my partner in teaching a graduate course this summer titled, Literacy in CTE, I keep coming back to the same thought, “How did we ever lose sight of this?” And some of us didn't. If you were one of those wise souls who kept literacy st...

Using Dog Sled Racing to Teach Genetics and Nutrition

My mother, an elementary school teacher for 32 years, worked hard to connect her students to subject matter. Mom did this using real life, high interest events, one of these was the Iditarod Dog Sled Race. The Alaskan Race is held every March and covers 1,000 miles from Anchorage to Nome. The Iditar...

The future’s so bright…I gotta wear shades!

As an educator, it is my job to teach my students.  As someone with compassion and vested interest in her students, it is my privilege to help them find a successful career after high school.  In an Alternative Learning Environment (ALE), we face the harsh facts that less than 5% of our seniors wi...

Happy Spring Everyone!

Happy Spring Everyone! It's great to start feeling the winter thaw, but that also means getting ready for the work ahead this year. These are exciting times with the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century (Perkins V) Act reauthorized by Congress and renewed interest in ...

Mentor Interview: Kimberly Baldwin

I had the privilege of sitting down to an engrossing and entertaining conversation with Mrs. Baldwin after a long day in the middle of a very busy season.  As most teachers know, January is one of the busiest months of the school year.  With both of us studiously working through student registrati...

Interview of Past Experienced Fellow-Nicole Lord

Some say a true measure of a person’s character is how they respond in adverse conditions, this was exemplified during the process of interviewing Nicole Lord.  Nicole was a previous participant in the ACTE Fellows program in 2016.  I called this a process based on the scheduling challenges brou...

Mentor Interview: Michelle Camp

I am so thankful for the opportunity to be mentored by the one and only, Michelle Camp. Before I had the pleasure of interviewing her, I have been able to learn from her in the shadows at Business and Marketing Conferences, DECA Conferences, and ACTE functions. Without even talking with her, anyone ...

Past Fellow Mentor: Mr. Ernie Gomez

Mr. Ernie Gomez has the type of professional passion that I found to be an honor to discover. His experience in career tech stems from a 28 year career with Southwestern Bell. He worked in the external affairs division which was comprised of: community affairs, public relations, and legislation at t...

My Mentor Finds Me

Strange how we go about our daily lives thinking we know everything. We go to school or work every day filling up our brains with knowledge and experience. Then suddenly it happens out of the blue, we meet someone and say to ourselves, how did that happen; we are a good fit to work together. Well th...

Mentor Interview: Shawn Freie

Today, I would like to speak a little about an amazing ambassador, and current President, for the Post-Secondary Adult Career Education (PACE) Division in Oklahoma, Shawn Freie.  Shawn began her career as an Agriculture Education Instructor at Meridian Technology Center in Stillwater, OK in 1992. ...