Editor’s Note: CTE professional and ACTE member Lisa Barnett of Botetourt County Public Schools was recently involved in what is so often a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Sen. Tim Kaine from Virginia invited her to attend the State of the Union address as his guest on January 20, 2015. When I reached out to her and asked if she would be willing to write about the experience, Barnett was more than happy to comply. This is what she had to say about her experience.
Attending the State of the Union as Sen. Kaine’s guest was a humbling experience. I was seated with absolutely amazing people, including numerous decorated vets, as well as Amelia Boynton Robinson, who marched with Martin Luther King Jr. in Selma, Alabama, in 1965 at what became known as “Bloody Sunday.” I was in awe of all those around me.
Regardless of my political views, it overwhelmed me to think I was part of such an historic event at which our entire government and representatives from our country were present. I am honored to have represented Botetourt County, and career and technical education. Sen. Kaine and I talked about the tremendous value CTE programs have for our young people, and I left hopeful that CTE programs will continue to gain recognition due to upcoming legislation related to them.