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ACTE Announces Arkansas Business Education Teacher as National Award Finalist


September 25, 2017 

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

ACTE Announces Arkansas Business Education Teacher as National Award Finalist

ALEXANDRIA, VA—Today, the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) announced Jana McWhorter, Business Education Teacher of Bearden Public Schools in Bearden, Arkansas, as the 2017 ACTE Region IV Teacher of The Year. This award recognizes the finest career and technical teachers at the middle/secondary school level who have demonstrated innovation in the classroom, commitment to their students and dedication to the improvement of CTE in their institutions and communities. The Teacher of the Year Award is sponsored by Express Employment Professionals.

“As principal of any school, you always hope for teachers who will be personable, dynamic, innovative and professional,” says Felecia Bryant Doster, Principal at Bearden High School. “I have found that Mrs. Jana McWhorter possesses all these qualities and many more.”

Jana McWhorter started her education career twenty-one years ago as an elementary school teacher, and since then has led by her belief in the importance of adapting to the ever-changing needs of learners. Currently, she teaches business education at Bearden High School, where her courseload includes: Computer Business Applications, Business Procedures, Digital Communications III & IV, Business Law, Financial Literacy and Social Media. McWhorter’s students have the opportunity to attain industry certifications, including the W!SE Financial Literacy certification, Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Dreamweaver, WorkKeys with the Career Readiness Certificate and up to twelve hours of concurrent college credit through Southern Arkansas University Tech. McWhorter’s classes work directly with local businesses on class projects, which have included developing restaurant menus, church books, business cards, flyers and brochures to promote their business. Advanced classes produce a project called ‘Home Town Pride,’ for which they conduct and compile filmed interviews with community business owners and community members.

McWhorter is the lead teacher for her school's CTE programs, which includes being the testing coordinator and the contact for the school’s technical assistance visit. In addition, she advises the school’s Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) chapter, which conducts several community service activities and fundraisers each year. FBLA members have led trainings on soft skills for the entire student body, and also assisted McWhorter in teaching a night program for senior adults on basic computer literacy skills. McWhorter has served in numerous leadership positions across her career, including serving on the Arkansas ACTE Board of Directors and as chief editor of the Arkansas Business Educator Newsletter. She also served on the committee to write the Digital Communications II frameworks and technology design and applications frameworks for Arkansas Department of Career Education.

McWhorter 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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