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ACTE Member Awards



The ACTE Member Awards recognize excellence and dedication within the field of career and technical education among ACTE members. Recipients of these awards are exceptional individuals who have contributed to the success of CTE through the quality of their work and their involvement in the CTE community. 

There are seven Member Awards presented nationally: 

ACTE Teacher of the Year (sponsored by Express Employment Professionals)
This award recognizes the finest career and technical teachers at the secondary school level who have demonstrated innovation in the classroom, commitment to their students and dedication to the improvement of CTE in their institutions and communities. Members employed as full-time classroom/laboratory CTE teachers at the middle/secondary school level are eligible recipients of this award.

ACTE Career Guidance Award (sponsored by Kuder)
This award recognizes guidance counselors and career development professionals who have made significant contributions to advocate, educate and communicate the value of CTE as a viable career option to a variety of audiences in their communities. Members employed as full-time school counselors and/or career development professionals are eligible recipients of this award.

ACTE Postsecondary Teacher of the Year
This award recognizes career and technical teachers and teacher educators who have demonstrated excellence and best practices in career and technical education at the postsecondary level. Members employed as full-time postsecondary CTE teachers or teacher educators are eligible recipients of this award.  

ACTE Administrator of the Year
This award recognizes CTE administrators, program specialists/coordinators, and other CTE personnel who have made significant contributions toward innovative, unique and effective career and technical programs. Members employed as full-time CTE administrators, program specialists, coordinators, and all other CTE personnel and staff (not employed as teachers or guidance professionals) are eligible recipients of this award.

ACTE New Teacher of the Year
This award recognizes CTE teachers with 3-5 years’ experience (at the middle, secondary or postsecondary level) who have made significant contributions toward innovative and unique career and technical education programs and shown a professional commitment early in their careers. Members employed as full-time classroom/laboratory CTE teachers (at the secondary or postsecondary level) who are relatively new to the teaching profession (with 3-5 years' experience) are eligible recipients of this award.  

ACTE Carl Perkins Community Service Award
This award is presented to ACTE members who have used CTE to make a significant impact on a community/humanitarian cause through leadership in programs and activities that promote community involvement. This award was named in honor of the late Congressman Perkins, and is designed to recognize individuals who have demonstrated the same humanitarian concerns exemplified by Congressman Perkins.

ACTE Lifetime Achievement Award
This award recognizes the contributions and distinguished accomplishments of members who have been identified with the work and purposes of the Association for Career and Technical Education over an extended period of time. 

Awards Portal

Evaluation Criteria
All candidates are evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Accomplishments and innovations that exhibit the quality of the candidate for the award
  • Contributions to the CTE community (can include activities within their institutions, communities, ACTE and other organizations)

For more information on how applications are scored, please see the national ACTE Member Awards Scoring Rubric

Application Process
National Member Award candidates progress through three rounds of review:

  1. State Round: Candidates begin the application process by nominating themselves (or being nominated by a peer) for their state award. Candidates must hold the appropriate position at the time of initial nomination (eg. be a secondary school CTE teacher if applying for the Teacher of the Year.) 
  2. Region Round: State winners are reviewed within their Regions. All state winners must have their applications uploaded to the ACTE Awards Portal and be ACTE members by the March 1 Region deadline (nonmembers are not eligible to receive Region or national awards). Region winners are selected by their Region awards committees and announced during their Region conferences.
  3. National Round: Region winners' applications are forwarded to the final round of review via the Awards Portal by their Region committee chair. The national awards committee selects the national winners, which are announced at the ACTE Awards Banquet during ACTE's CareerTech VISION. Click here to learn more about national winner benefits.

How to Apply
Candidates should submit their applications on the ACTE Awards Portal by their state deadline. A list of deadlines and awards contact persons can be found below. The application requirements can be downloaded here (note: this is not an application form. These requirements are included in the online application on the Awards Portal.) 


Region State  Nomination Deadline 2013-2014 Awards Contact(s)
Region II Alabama June 1 Marcia Day
Region V Alaska September 30* Karen Martinsen
Region V Arizona January 31* Pam Ferguson and Lisa Doll
Region IV Arkansas June 1 Cheryl Morrison
Region V California December 15 Diane Walker
Region V Colorado June 1 Darrell Green
Region II Florida 1-May Rob Aguis
Region II Georgia April 1 (to Divisions) May 1 (to state)* Tonja Tift and Matthew Gambill
Region V Hawaii no information Guy T. Shibayama
Region V Idaho March 1 Merry Olson and Ivak Cooper
Region III Illinois December 31 Gary Hutchinson and Peggy Miller
Region III Indiana August 31* Debbie Diss and Patrick Biggerstaff
Region III Iowa April 30 Barb Lemmer and Tom O'Shea
Region V Kansas March 31 David Patterson and Kari Presley
Region II Kentucky April 1*     Wayne King and Susan Thomison
Region IV Louisiana July 1* Hals Beard
Region I Maine June*  Don Cannan
Region I Maryland no information Thomas Hawthorne 
Region I Massachusetts     January 4 Don Erikson
Region I Michigan no information Monika Leasure
Region III Minnesota September 17 (fall competition)* Ginny Karbowski
Region IV Mississippi January 30  Tammie Brewer
Region III Missouri March 1* Donna Vossen
Region V Montana August 1 Cheryl Graham and Mark Branger
Region V Nebraska March 1 Lila Kulwicki and Ronita Jacobsen
Region V Nevada May 10 Matt Mackay
Region I New Jersey April 1  John Hillard
Region IV New Mexico June 1 Carol McAlister
Region I New York no information Terry Hughes
Region II North Carolina May 1 Linda Wiggins and Derrick Foggs
Region V North Dakota April 30 Pam Stroklund
Region I Ohio March 1* Christine Gardner
Region IV Oklahoma April 26 Sandra Noel and Cheryl Harder
Region V Oregon February 20 Thelma Clemons
Region I Pennsylvania April 27 Joseph DeFranco and Chet Wichowski
Region II South Carolina May 1 Linda Padgett
Region V South Dakota July 1 Roberta Stoebner
Region II Tennessee no information Ronnie Teague
Region IV Texas May 25 Jami Gigliotti
Region V Utah October 26 Denise Abbott
Region II Virginia February 1 Irvin Hall and Brenda Long
Region V Washington May 1 Tess Alviso and Vern Chandler
Region I West Virginia June 1 Ernie Powers
Region III Wisconsin January 20 Carol Mooney and Bette Lou Esser
Region V Wyoming April 1 Candace Stoll

All state winners must be promoted forward for Region consideration by March 1. Region winner selections must be made no later than July 1.

Region Award Chairs (2013-2014)

Region I: Chet Wichowski

States: Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Federal Career and Technical Association, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia

Region II: Karen A. Curtis

States: Alabama, Bahamas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virgin Islands, Virginia

Region III: Deborah Diss

States: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Wisconsin

Region IV: Tammie Brewer

States: Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas

Region V: Speranta Klees

States: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Trust Territories, Utah, Washington, Wyoming

For questions about the ACTE Member Awards, please contact ACTE staff at awards@acteonline.org.

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