Virginia Agricultural Educator a Finalist for Teacher of the Year Award
October 9, 2013
ALEXANDRIA, VA—The Association for Career and Technical Education announces Sally Shomo of Staunton, Virginia, is a finalist for the ACTE Teacher of the Year award. Shomo is an agricultural educator at Beverley Manor Middle School. As the Region II winner of ACTE's Teacher of the Year award, Shomo is one of five finalists competing for the national title of 2014 Teacher of the Year, which recognizes educators who have made significant contributions toward innovative, unique and novel programs that are serving to improve and promote career and technical education. The ACTE Teacher of the Year award is sponsored by Cisco.
The 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.
When Shomo started teaching agricultural education at Beverly Manor Middle School in 1982, she was one of the few women in a male-oriented field. Over the past 30 years, Shomo has been part of many changes in agricultural education, from serving on the first young farmer program for women to campaigning for bona-fide FFA membership for middle school students, enabling them to compete nationally. In the six classes Shomo teaches, none of her students use textbooks; all learning is done in a disciplined (but fun) hands-on learning environment.
The only teacher in her department, Shomo is in charge of her school's FFA chapter, for which membership is voluntary and averages at 140 students. For the past eight years, the chapter has received a national FFA 3-star rating and has been recognized as the top middle school chapter in Virginia, beating out 70 others for the title. The team has been recognized nationally for the community service projects organized by Shomo, from supporting local families and causes to raising donations for victims of natural disasters in Haiti and New Orleans. Shomo prides herself on fostering confidence in her students' communication and leadership skills: "It's not the awards that we win that make a teacher successful … it's the changes that we can make with a comforting word, with a push, with a challenge." Shomo herself has exerted her aptitude for leadership as past National Association for Agricultural Education president and continues to advocate for CTE as an ACTE member.
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.
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