Arkansas Teacher a Finalist for Outstanding New Career and Technical Educator Award
October 8, 2013
ALEXANDRIA, VA—The Association for Career and Technical Education announces Patricia Carroll of Weiner, Arkansas, as a finalist for the Outstanding New Career and Technical Educator Award. Carroll, a family and consumer sciences (FACS) teacher in Harrisburg School District in Harrisburg, Arkansas, is the winner of the Region IV ACTE Outstanding New Career and Technical Teacher award. Carroll is one of five finalists competing for the 2014 national title. The ACTE Outstanding New Career and Technical Teacher award recognizes a full-time classroom/laboratory teacher in a career and technical education program and is new to the teaching profession, with three-to-five years' experience.
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.
"It is refreshing to have a teacher as conscientious as Patricia Carroll," said the principal of Weiner High School. "She is a true professional." In her first year, Carroll was invited to help write and create frameworks, resources and competency test questions for a new program of study that included consumer services, consumer relations and entrepreneurial experiences. To improve her CTE qualifications, Carroll completed certifications in financial literacy and attended multiple conferences and workshops. In the past three years, she has had 30 students successfully receive her financial literacy certification and has more than tripled the number of FACS completers in her school.
As a FACS teacher at Weiner High School, Patricia Carroll has been highly instrumental in gaining recognition for her school Family, Career and Community Leaders of America chapter, which has doubled its membership to nearly a third of the student population, and the growing recognition gained by her nationally competing FCCLA members has drawn positive attention to the school CTE programs. The chapter has won multiple awards, including the Arkansas School Green Gold Winner Award and awards from Fuel up to Play 60 (FUTP60) sponsored by the NFL and Midwest Dairy Council. The grants and awards received by the chapter include cash prizes, two radio interviews, a visit from an NFL player and a press conference with the governor and first lady of Arkansas. The chapter is recognized locally for its service projects, many of which have directly inspired Carroll's students to pursue various career paths.
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: 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.