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ACTE Announces 2017 Region IV Excellence Award Winners, National Award Finalists


April 11, 2017

Media Contact:
Kate Dowdy, ACTE
703-683-9305; kdowdy@acteonline.org

ACTE Announces 2017 Region IV Excellence Award Winners, National Award Finalists

ALEXANDRIA, VA — The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2017 Region IV Excellence Awards:

ACTE Region IV Teacher of the Year—Jana McWhorter from Bearden, Arkansas 

ACTE Region IV Career Guidance Award winner—Gay Johnson from Waxahachie, Texas

ACTE Region IV Administrator of the Year—Donna McKethan from Waco, Texas 

ACTE Region IV Postsecondary Teacher of the Year—Dustin Hicks from Stillwater, Oklahoma 

ACTE Region IV New Teacher of the Year—Mary Helen Lett from Brooklyn, Mississippi 

ACTE Region IV Carl Perkins Community Service Award winner—Richard Stewart from Tulsa, Oklahoma 

ACTE Region IV Lifetime Achievement Award—Carol Colwell from Enid, Oklahoma 

The Region winners were announced at an awards ceremony during the ACTE Region IV conference in Biloxi, Mississippi on April 8, 2016. Region winners were selected from among state award winners in Arkansas, Mississippi, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.  

The ACTE Excellence Awards promote merit in career and technical education (CTE) by recognizing individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to CTE, programs that exemplify the highest standards and organizations that have conducted activities to promote and expand CTE programs. Award winners serve as inspirational leaders to ACTE: they embody the core values of serving students and being committed to CTE. For more information about the ACTE Excellence Awards, please click here.   

The Region IV winners will progress as national finalists in their categories. The national winners will be announced at the ACTE Awards Banquet, a dinner and award presentation recognizing the best CTE educators in the country, which will take place on December 6, 2017 during ACTE’s CareerTech VISION 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee.  


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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