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ACTE Announces Kentucky Associate Professor as National Award Finalist


October 12, 2017 

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

ACTE Announces Kentucky Associate Professor as National Award Finalist

ALEXANDRIA, VA — Today, the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) announced Kathy Croxall, Associate Professor of Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Kentucky, as the 2017 ACTE Region II Postsecondary Teacher of the Year. This award recognizes the finest career and technical education teachers at the postsecondary level who have demonstrated innovation in the classroom, commitment to their students and dedication to the improvement of CTE in their institutions and communities. 

Kathy Croxall began her education career as a high school Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) teacher in Fontana, California in 1992. She later went on to pursue her master’s and Ph.D., and ultimately became a FCS teacher educator. Since 2009, Croxall has taught FCS teacher education at Western Kentucky University (WKU) in Bowling Green, Kentucky, where she has updated the FCS teacher education curriculum to include new courses that target the specific training needs of FCS teachers. She serves on the Professional Education Council at WKU, ensuring that the students in the program are meeting current program and state mandates, and recently led the FCS unit in developing the new Child and Family Studies Master’s program that launched for the 2016-2017 school year. She has served multiple terms as a member of the Kentucky Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (KY FCCLA) advisory board, and in 2015 worked with state department personnel to promote FCS teacher recruitment at various venues, including the FCS University and KY FCCLA state meeting.

Throughout her career, Croxall has stepped into leadership positions in professional associations at the local, state, and national levels, including the National Association of Teacher Educators for Family and Consumer Sciences (NATEFACS) and American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences (AAFCS).  Furthermore, she participated on the standards development committee which culminated in the development and publication of national FCS teacher standards; served three years as the research chair on the Colleges, Universities, and Research Community; and was elected a member of the AAFCS Council for Certification, serving as Council president for the last year of her term. Croxall served as a member of the Family and Consumer Sciences Alliance for five years, working with multiple organizations to unify the profession in advancing all areas of FCS. Travis K. Wilson, Associate Professor and Department Head of Family and Consumer Sciences at WKU, says, Dr. Croxall is a smart, insightful, knowledgeable, and dedicated professor who brings to any endeavor a broad range of skills and experience.”

Croxall 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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