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ACTE Announces North Carolina Regional Consultant as National Award Finalist


October 12, 2017

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

ACTE Announces North Carolina Regional Consultant as National Award Finalist

ALEXANDRIA, VA — Today, the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) announced Lee O’Neal, Regional Consultant at the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction in Southport, North Carolina, as the 2017 ACTE Region II Administrator of the Year. This award recognizes administrative CTE professionals at the school, district, county, state, or federal level who have demonstrated leadership in ensuring teacher and student success and have made significant contributions toward innovative, unique and effective career and technical education programs.

Currently a Regional Consultant at the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, O’Neal made waves in her prior administrative positions in Washington County—a rural, isolated, socio-economically depressed area of northeastern North Carolina where 100% of county students receive free and reduced lunch. In a local economy dominated primarily by government agencies and restaurants, innovation in Washington County’s educational system is critical to transforming the opportunities and aspirations for its students.

In O’Neal’s two years as CTE Director, Career Development Coordinator, Instructional Management Coordinator and Special Populations Coordinator in Washington County, she was an integral part of the curriculum team working closely on CTE and secondary issues. Her work included honors implementation, graduation requirements, course registration, articulation, Education Value-Added Assessment System (EVAAS), College and Career Promise (CCP), and the high school accountability model. She added the STEM career cluster to both high schools and implemented a unique CCP Automotive Services program at one high school. She also implemented an internship program, reestablished the CTE Advisory Committee, developed procedures for serving and documenting special populations, developed a comprehensive K-12 career development program, and wrote grants to support program advancement.

O’Neal has served on the regional level in the Pathways to Prosperity Pilot for North Carolina in Region I and on a regional collaborative to host the first annual Northeast Regional Ag Expo, a multi-school district initiative to bring students, teachers, postsecondary institutions, government officials, and employers together. She was also instrumental in the creation of a policy to establish personal finance as a graduation requirement for the class of 2019.  Matthew Cheeseman, Chief Administrative Officer for Washington County Schools, says, “Lee O’Neal is a phenomenal, transformative educator with incredible insight on the instructional rigor and relevance of career and technical education.”

O’Neal 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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