Texas Teacher a Finalist for ACTE Outstanding Teacher in Community Service Award
October 8, 2013
ALEXANDRIA, VA—The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) announces Julian Acevedo of Universal City, Texas, as the Region IV ACTE Outstanding Teacher in Community Service. Acevedo, a welding instructor with Judson Independent School District, is one of five finalists vying for the national title of 2014 ACTE Outstanding Teacher in Community Service award, which recognizes teachers with significant accomplishments and outstanding leadership in programs and activities that promote community involvement.
The national winner will be announced at the ACTE Awards Banquet, a dinner and award presentation recognizing the best CTE educators in the country, which will take place on Wednesday evening, Dec. 4, 2013, at CareerTech VISION 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
As a retired U.S. Air Force officer, Julian Acevedo finds it important to incorporate service projects that foster an appreciation for military service men and women among his students into his curriculum. While visiting Fort Sam Houston Hospital, Acevedo's middle school welding students were moved by the number of veterans they saw in wheelchairs, and they decided they wanted to donate wheelchair-accessible picnic tables to the hospital. Together, Acevedo and his students designed and crafted four tables, painted them with the colors and insignia of different military services and delivered them to the hospital, where they were gratefully received by impressed veterans. Acevedo's SkillsUSA chapter also volunteers at the local Fisher House Project, which provides a home away from home for the families of wounded military personnel. After learning that children at the facility couldn't use the playground due to the intense temperatures under the Texas sun, they started working to raise money to buy a playground cover. To date, Acevedo and his students have raised $7,000 for Project Playground Cover, drawing donations from the San Antonio Spurs, a deal with a local Ford dealership and a school fundraising competition.
Acevedo continues to support his students even after they have left his class, putting together care packages for former students who have joined the military and volunteering at the yearly after-graduation party to wish his former students good luck. Acevedo's principal said, "When asked if he can help, he never says no. That is the type of dedicated individual he is."
The Awards Banquet is sponsored by Cisco, Kuder Inc., Stratasys, CEV Multimedia Ltd., and Certiport. For more information about the Awards Banquet at CareerTech VISION 2013: www.acteonline.org/vision_banquet
For more information about the Awards Program: http://www.acteonline.org/awards
The Association for Career and Technical Education is the nation’s largest not-for-profit education association dedicated to the advancement of education that prepares youth and adults for successful careers. Founded in 1926, ACTE has more than 25,000 members; career and technical educators, administrators, researchers, guidance counselors and others involved in planning and conducting career and technical education programs at the secondary, postsecondary and adult levels. ACTE provides advocacy, public awareness and access to information on career and technical education, professional development and tools that enable members to be successful and effective leaders.