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ACTE Announces Georgia Architecture Instructor as National Award Finalist


October 12, 2017

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


ACTE Announces Georgia Architecture Instructor as National Award Finalist

ALEXANDRIA, VA — Today, the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) announced Amanda McClure, Architecture Instructor at Union Grove High School in McDonough, Georgia, as the 2017 ACTE Region II 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. 

Amanda McClure has taught architecture for the last four years at Union Grove High School, where she has ushered in several innovations that have led her students to success. In the third year of their rigorous architecture program, McClure’s students complete a challenging third year End of Pathway Assessment (EOPA); her class is one of few in the county to have received a 100 percent pass rate for the past three years. Furthermore, McClure’s students have excelled in other competitive areas, including the challenging annual Atlanta Institute of Architects (AIA) statewide design contest, for which students have received first place, third place, and honorable mention honors. McClure also serves as the sole advisor for the school’s SkillsUSA chapter, which includes over 100 members. Under McClure’s leadership, the chapter has received numerous honors, including the National Models of Excellence Chapter, 30 Statesman's Award recipients, 62 State Competition medalists, 31 national competitors, and 7 national first place, 14 national second place, and one national third place medalists. McClure’s students and SkillsUSA officers also participate in delivering the well-received program, Jump Into STEM, each May. Students teach different lessons on STEM careers, including architecture, engineering and exercise physiology to elementary school students. These lessons consist of a short presentation followed by hands-on activities, and conclude with questioning and analyzing the various careers.

McClure has been active in leadership roles for the Trade and Industrial Educators of Georgia (TIEGA), has served as a mentor to new Architectural Drawing and Design teachers across her school system and other counties, and presented at various conferences. In addition, she served on the committee responsible for shaping Georgia's current Architectural Drawing and Design curriculum and helped develop a fourth year class for the pathway. LaTonya K. Richards, Assistant Principal at Union Grove High School, says, “Amanda is an astute and ambitious young professional with great expectations for herself and the youth she teaches.”

McClure 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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