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. ...

Past Fellow Mentor Interview – Gina Riggs

Gina Riggs grew up in New Orleans, LA.  At age 19, while working as a Hertz Rental Car agent, Gina was asked by a friend, who was a firefighter & Emergency Medical Technician, to apply for a job opportunity at the local ambulance service.  During the interview, Gina was asked if she had any he...

Mentor Interview

I have the distinction of being assigned a mentor that has developed a real understanding of leadership in career and technical education- Miss Carrie Scheiderer. Carrie’s career path is really inspirational and presents opportunities for me to further develop my professional career as a CTE leade...

Dawn Lindsley, Assistant CTE Director at the Nebraska State Department of Education

I recently had the opportunity to video call with Dawn Lindsley, Assistant CTE Director for the Nebraska State Department of Education. She has been a teacher, administrator and accreditation coordinator in Kansas, Oklahoma and Nebraska. This lady has been a part of many aspects of CTE in her career...

Past Fellow Mentor Interview: Mr. Patrick Biggerstaff

Thoughts rushed through my head as I processed with both concern and joy as to what Patrick was explaining to me over the phone from his school office in Indiana.  I was typing away on my black Dell Latitude Laptop, in what could be described as a former coat rack closet that was now converted to a...