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ACTE Announces New Jersey Teacher of Agriculture as National Award Finalist


September 25, 2017 

Contact: Jarrod Nagurka 
jnagurka@acteonline.org, 703-683-9312 

ACTE Announces New Jersey Teacher of Agriculture as National Award Finalist

ALEXANDRIA, VA—Today, the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) announced Keely DiTizio, Teacher of Agriculture of Salem County Career and Technical School in Woodstown New Jersey, as the 2017 ACTE Region I New Teacher of the Year. This award recognizes new CTE teachers who have made significant contributions toward innovative and unique career and technical education programs and shown a professional commitment early in their careers.  

As a former high school agriscience student and FFA chapter president, Keely DiTizio was featured on ACTE’s website as a CTE success story in 2010 before going on to become an agriscience educator herself at Salem County Career and Technical School in Woodstown, New Jersey. DiTizio founded the school’s Academy of Agricultural Sciences and has worked for five years to revamp the program by implementing one of the first full CASE (Curriculum for Agricultural Sciences Education) pathways in the country, a pathway which prepares students for the science, business, and technology of agriculture. In addition to her certifications to teach four different CASE courses, DiTizio participated in the National Agriscience Teacher Ambassador Academy (NATAA) and was selected as the 2015 New Jersey Advisor of the Year. She is the current New Jersey Association of Agricultural Educators’ Treasurer and serves on the state STAR (State Teach Ag Results) Team, where she helps plan and promote activities that inspire students to become agricultural educators.

DiTizio has developed a reputation for her dynamic, student-directed lessons designed to lead students to draw their own conclusions. She ingrains project-based learning into her courses and through cross-curricular activities with other CTE classes. Following FFA’s model of connecting students with Supervised Agricultural Experiences (SAE), DiTizio has placed her students with work opportunities on farms, animal shelters, Rutgers University, and various facilities for the state’s Land Grant Institution. DiTizio’s popular courses and enthusiasm for agriscience has quadrupled the average number of freshmen recruited to the program over five years, and the FFA Chapter she advises was named the most improved chapter in the state. Former students and New Jersey State FFA Officers Hannah Mann and Kelsey Stockton say, “Mrs. DiTizio is truly deserving of this award and every other award in existence because of her Herculean efforts toward the development of both her students and the program.” 

DiTizio is one of five finalists for the 2018 national title. The national winner will be announced at the ACTE Awards Banquet, a dinner and award presentation recognizing the best CTE educators in the country. The event will take place on Wednesday evening, December 6, during ACTE’s CareerTech VISION 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. The Awards Banquet is sponsored by Express Employment Professionals, the US Army, CareerSafe, Stratasys, and International Baccalaureate. 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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