Minnesota Teacher a Finalist for ACTE Outstanding Teacher in Community Service Award
ALEXANDRIA, VA—The Association for Career and Technical Education announces Kim Mueller of Mankato, Minnesota, as the ACTE Region III Outstanding Teacher in Community Service. Mueller, a health science instructor with Mankato Public Schools, 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 health science instructor and Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) adviser, Kim Mueller works to make community service projects an integral part of her curriculum. Mueller chooses manageable projects that connect meaningful concepts to measurable student learning outcomes of the program, and an area of particular focus for these projects has been autism. Mueller has visual puzzle pieces around her classroom with facts about autism that students can take home and share with their families. Her students have partnered with Autism Speaks, a program dedicated to autism research, and participated in the Mankato Autism Walkdo to raise funds and awareness for local children with autism. Since 2011, her students have developed more than 40 workboxes for autistic children, full of tactile activities and appropriate learning games, which have drawn a positive response from parents. In addition, her HOSA chapter volunteers many hours to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, the American Heart Association and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, among others, and Mueller is able to tie these real world experiences into classroom learning about different health topics.
In her time working in the Mankato school district, Mueller has helped grow six rigorous health science programs, a thriving HOSA chapter, a certified nursing assistant class, a robust advisory board and viable partnerships with local businesses, clinics and postsecondary institutions. Her HOSA chapter has produced several state and national leaders for the CTSO. "I have seen her shine in her role as a teacher," said Mueller's CTE coordinator, "where she not only models a passion for service but inspires the same in her students."
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: https://www.acteonline.org/vision_banquet
For more information about the Awards Program: https://www.acteonline.org/awards
The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) 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.