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The Iowa Association for Career and Technical Education Awards Program seeks to promote excellence in career and technical education by recognizing individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to the field, programs, divisions and organizations that exemplify the highest standards and that have conducted activities to promote and expand career and technical education.

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There are five categories of IACTE awards.

  1. Career and Technical Teacher of the Year
  2. Outstanding Career and Technical Educator
  3. Iliff Leu Outstanding New Career and Technical Teacher
  4. Oran Beaty Leadership Award
  5. Honorary Life Membership Award
  6. Career Guidance Award
  7. Outstanding Teacher in Community Service

State winners of the Career and Technical Teacher of the Year, Outstanding Career and Technical Educator, and Iliff Leu Outstanding New Career and Technical Teacher will be advanced to Regional competition if eligible under ACTE guidelines.

Eligibility

Forms will be accepted from either external or self-nominations.

Career and Technical Teacher of the Year
Individuals who are currently employed as full-time classroom/laboratory teachers in a career and technical education program other than at the baccalaureate level are eligible recipients for this award. Nominees must be classroom/laboratory teachers at the time of selection. Contributions and achievements on which the nomination is based should have been made within the past ten years.

Past winners
2013: Marta Brooks, Pleasant Valley High School
2010: Sandy O'Brien, Kirkwood Community College
2009: Vicki Spellerberg, Maquoketa Valley High School
2008: Mary Jo Gruneich
2007: Teresa Nennig, Indepence High School
2006: Mary Jane Green, Des Moines Area Community College
2005: Joyce Cherne, Clayton Ridge H.S.
2004: Craig McEnany, Des Moines Area Community College
2003: Andy Rowe, Iowa Valley High School
2002: Irv Meier, Wapello High School

Outstanding Career and Technical Educator
Individuals who are currently employed as full-time career and technical teacher educators, administrators, career and technical guidance counselors, program specialists and other individuals involved in career and technical education other than full-time classroom/laboratory teachers are eligible recipients for this award.

Past winners
2013: Ryan Anderson, Iowa State University
2010: Todd Abrahamson, Sigourney
2009: Pat Thieben, Department of Education
2008: Craig McEnany, Des Moines Area Community College
2007: Colleen Hunt and Dale Gruis, Iowa Department of Education
2006: Kent Klinkenfus, Harlan High School
2005: Sue Updegraff, Keystone Area Education Agency

Iliff Leu Outstanding New Career and Technical Teacher
Individuals who are currently employed as full-time classroom/laboratory teachers in a career and technical education program other than at the baccalaureate level are eligible for this award. Nominees must have taught for a minimum of three but not more than five years, but the applicant may be in their sixth year of teaching at the time of application.

Illiff Leu was a polio survivor and machine tool and die instructor and department chair at Fairfield High School in the 1950s and 1960s. He was a strong advocate for the mentoring of new career and technical teachers by experiences career and technical teachers. He also believed that the best way of initiating such mentoring relationships was by first having fun. To ensure that everyone would have fun at the state conference, after the evening banquet, he would bring out his accordion and banjo and initiate a song fest and play on into the late hours of the evening. This award is to honor his belief that the organization is only as strong as its members and that new members are needed to make an organization grow.

Past winners
2013: Jeffrey Mayes, Gladbrook-Reinbeck High School
2010: Scott Smalley, Oelwein High School
2009: Ryan Holthaus, Anamosa High School
2008: Britttany Elmquist, Harlan High School
2007: Katie Lewis, Columbus Community High School
2006: Andy Johnson, Clarinda High School
2005: Erin Murty, Gladbrook-Reinbeck High School
2004: Tasha Norton, Des Moines Area Community College
2003: Dana Weeda, Glidden-Ralston High School
2002: Bonnie Wessels, Cedar Falls

Oran Beaty Leadership
Individuals who have made significant contributions to career and technical education. The candidate may be from the middle/junior high school, high school, or postsecondary level, or from a governmental agency or office, or from a vocational agency, office or association.

The Oran Beaty Leadership Award is named for a man who served as the trades and industry Section Chief for the Iowa Department of Education and the Dean of Career and Technical Education at Iowa Western Community College in Council Bluffs. Oran was a lifetime member of ACTE and IACTE. Along with his wife, Teresa, Oran attended ACTE and IACTE conferences annually until his health in his 90s no longer allowed it (50 consecutive years). Approximately 20 years ago and prior to Oran’s death, Teresa Beaty, Oran’s wife approached IACTE with the idea of establishing a lifetime award in Oran’s name to be presented to someone who exhibited the same type of passion and dedication for career and technical education that Oran had. This person would also provide the leadership to exemplify that passion.

Past winners
2013: Melanie Bloom, Sioux Central High School
2010: Steve Kwikkel, Waverly-Shell Rock Middle School
2009: Daniel Hilgers, DMACC, and Michael Peiffer, Winterset High School
2008: Dr. Robin Trimble White
2007: Dan Leinen, Harlan High School
2006: Monica Hinkle, Southeastern Community College & Janis Moore, Glenwood High School
2005: Dale Schumacher, Perry High School
2004: Daveid Bunting, Kirkwood Community College
2003: Roger Foelske, Iowa Department of Education
2002: Louis Beck, Union High School

Honorary Life Member
Individuals who have been a member of IACTE for at least the past ten years and who are retiring from career and technical education and have reached the established retirement age or are retiring due to permanent disability. The candidate may be from the middle/junior high school, high school, or postsecondary level, or from a governmental agency or office, or from a vocational agency, office or association.

Past winners
2013: Brent Hanna, Knoxville High School (retired)
2010: Roger Foelske, retired DE; Dr. Thomas Alan Hoerner, Iowa State Ag; Monica Hinkle, SCC
2009: Dave Bunting, Kirkwood Communtiy College
2006: LaVonne Gammon, Gilbert High School
2005: Phyllis Dunlap, Union Middle School, Dysart
2004: Wayne Nattress, Iowa FFA Foundation
2002: Dennis Berry, Lakeview-Auburn 

Career Guidance Award
Individuals who are currently employed as full-time baccalaureate school counselors and/or career development professionals involved in career and technical education. A nominee should have been involved in Association for Career and Technical Education activities at the state, Regional and/or national levels, and must have been a member of ACTE and a state association at the time of nomination to the Region level.

Past winners
2013: Thomas Paulsen, Iowa State University

Outstanding Teacher in Community Service Award
Individual members who are currently employed as full-time classroom/laboratory teachers in a career and technical education program are eligible recipients for this award. Nominees must be classroom/laboratory teachers at the time of nomination and winner must be a classroom/laboratory teacher at the time of award presentation. Contributions and achievements on which the nomination is based should have been made within the past five years.

The nominee also should have been involved in some capacity in Association for Career and Technical Education activities at the state, Regional and/or national level and must have been a member of ACTE and a state association at the time of nomination to the Region level.

ACTE Award of Merit
2013: Lisa Stange, Iowa State University; Phil Harrington; Kuder Inc.
2012: Mary Ann Adams, Iowa Department of Education
2011: Kristy Black, Jones County Kirkwood Regional Academy, and Jean Ostrander, North Iowa Area Community College
2010: Roger Foelske and Kelli Diemer, Iowa Department of Education
2009: Kern Family Foundation and the Iowa Culinary Institute at Des Moines Area Community College
2008: Ken Maguire, Iowa Department of Education
2007: Monica Hinkle, Southeastern Community College
2007: John Deere Operations of Waterloo

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