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ACTE Announces Alabama Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher and FCCLA Advisor as National Award Finalist


October 12, 2017

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


ACTE Announces Alabama Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher and FCCLA Advisor as National Award Finalist   

ALEXANDRIA, VA — Today, the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) announced Kimberly Lee Mitchell, Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher and FCCLA Advisor at Talladega City School and Talladega City Career Tech Center in Talladega, Alabama, as the recipient of the 2017 ACTE Region II Lifetime Achievement Award. This award recognizes CTE professionals for their leadership on behalf of ACTE, their innovations in CTE and their contributions to the field over an extended period of time.

Kimberly Mitchell grew up in Munford, a small town in east central Alabama. The daughter of a foundry worker and a stay-at-home mom, Mitchell was the first in her family to go to college. After pursuing degrees in education, she went on to teach family & consumer sciences (FCS) at the secondary and postsecondary levels. She now serves as the Family and Consumer Science teacher and Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) advisor at Talladega City Career Tech Center and is currently a candidate for National Board Certification researching doctoral programs specializing in CTE.

Over a career that spans 20 years, Mitchell has developed a reputation for her willingness to “go the extra mile” and step into leadership positions. She has contributed professionally to her institutions by mentoring new teachers across the state, writing articles about FCS and FCCLA for various publications, and she has sat on the Talladega High School Building Leadership Team, National Honor Society Council, Talladega City Schools Technology Committee, and a FCS Section skills-gap analysis team within the Alabama State Department of Education. She has also been awarded several grants, including a $50,000 Lowe’s Education Foundation grant to renovate her FCS program.

In addition to her professional contributions, Mitchell has served in countless leadership roles within the Alabama Association Teachers of Family and Consumer Sciences (AATFACS), the Alabama Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (ALAFCS), and Alabama ACTE, where she currently serves as President. She was a 2016 ACTE National Fellow, and has won numerous awards for her teaching and mentorship. “Ms. Mitchell transcends my idea of a good advisor, teacher, professional contributor, and civic-minded community leader and becomes something else entirely,” says Zackery Love, FCCLA national officer and Vice President of Development. “I have seen her move mountains for our organization and for the people around her.”

Mitchell 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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