Arizona Teacher a Finalist for Outstanding New Career and Technical Educator Award
October 9, 2013
ALEXANDRIA, VA—The Association for Career and Technical Education announces Stacy Hatton of Rio Rico, Arizona, as a finalist for the Outstanding New Career and Technical Educator Award. Hatton, a registered nurse and CNA program coordinator and instructor at Rio Rico High School, is the winner of the ACTE Region V Outstanding New Career and Technical Teacher award. Hatton 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.
As a new teacher at Rio Rico High School in rural Arizona, Stacy Hatton worked not only to develop and obtain a certified nursing assistant program, but to create truly hands-on learning experiences that have inspired her students to pursue college educations and careers in the health care profession. Hatton's students are visited by health care professionals in the classroom, conduct dissections with the help of medical students and have even visited cadaver labs at medical universities. Hatton has worked to maintain a relationship with a local nursing home, where her students gain clinical experience and return on their own time to participate in the home's prom night and assist the senior citizens. Hatton convinced the local fire department to create a teen community emergency response team, and, through this opportunity, her students have been trained in CPR and planning for large-scale disaster events.
Hatton is an adviser for Southeastern Arizona Health Education Careers, which works to recruit, train and retain health care professionals in underserved populations, and also advises her school Health Occupations Students of America chapter, which has won awards for its media projects. Hatton's students have gone on to careers and postsecondary educations that many of them did not think possible, lifting up entire families and the community as a whole. Her CTE director said, "Stacy Hatton is what every school district across the nation looks for. Being in a rural area has limitations, but Stacy does not let this stop her from working with all students and giving their dreams reality."
The ACTE 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.