Meet Rachael Mann
ACTE New & Related Services Division Vice President
Occupation: Director of Professional Development
Director of Professional Learning, West-MEC, 2017–present
Founder and Managing Director, #TeachlikeTED LLC, 2016–present
Network to Transform Teaching State Director, Northern Arizona University AZK12 Center, 2016–17
EdRising State Director, Arizona Department of Education, 2013–16
CTE Teacher, Pima JTED and Tucson Unified School District, 2009–13
B.S., Liberty University
M.Ed., Northern Arizona University
National ACTE Involvement:
National Leadership Fellowship Program: Fellow, 2016
VISION Presenter: 2016–18
Educator in Action: 2016–present
Educators in Action Blogger: June 2016
Educators in Action Techniques Writer: May 2017, April 2018, October 2018
CTE Support Fund Supporter: 2017–18
NPS Attendee: 2016, 2017
VISION Attendee: 2013, 2016–17
Other National ACTE Involvement:
Virtual CTE Discussion Leader
ACTE and NCLA’s Best Practices & Innovations Conference Attendee/Presenter: 2013–17
NCLA Board Member
STEM is CTE Symposium Presenter: 2017
Regional ACTE Involvement:
Committee Member: Policy Committee, 2017–present
Committee Member: New Members Committee, 2016
Committee Member: Social Media Committee, 2016
Region Conference Presenter: 2016, 2018
Region Conference Attendee: 2016, 2018
Other Regional Involvement:
Promote what’s happening in Region V via Twitter (@RachaelEdu @AZCTELeads @NCLAChat)
Oversee Region V Mini-Grants
State ACTE Involvement:
ACTEAZ Executive Board: Secretary, 2017–present:
ACTEAZ Board of Directors: FACS Ed Division Representative, 2013–16
Other State Involvement:
Served on the Arizona FACS Ed Board as President-elect, President, Past President
Received the Arizona FACS Ed Teacher of the Year Award in 2012
Attended the ACTEAZ Summer Conference every year since 2012
Presented at every summer conference since 2013
Attended all ACTEAZ Fall and Midwinter Conferences 2013-present
Completed the ACTEAZ Fellowship Program
Other CTE Involvement:
International Society for Technology Educators (ISTE) Member and Conference Presenter: 2016–present
AzTEA Member, Conference Presenter, and Attendee
Other: I was the DECA chapter president in high school and was enrolled in the cooperative work program which gave me the opportunity to use the skills learned through my marketing courses at a local bank.
Google Certified Educator, EdTechTeam presenter, and EdTechTeam Press author.
I am currently working with the information technology education department at West-MEC in Phoenix, Arizona, to create a districtwide technology plan and training plan. We have increased our PD offerings for the 2018-19 school year to include webinars, screencasts, and online PD courses.
I attend the Verde Xchange each year as an education spokesperson and to learn about new trends in the workplace. I have organized events such as Educators Day in the Workplace and Lesson2Life to ensure that teachers are abreast of the latest career opportunities and workplace needs. I recently updated our district’s industry update/externship program to ensure that the program itself reflects the technology advances of industries/
Opportunities such as the SmartBrief’s STEM Symposium and CTE conferences provide opportunities to make connections between Careerteched and STEM while examining the forecasted changes in the workforce.
I recently co-authored a book, The Martians in Your Classroom, which addresses the forecasted changes in the workplace and our responsibilities as educators to prepare students for new and related career paths. The book makes many references to career and technical education and the urgent need for CTE and STEM as a component of all academic areas, thus blurring the lines between content areas (integration of academics and career and technical education).
I have been involved with multiple curriculum writing projects, including the Arizona CTE Curriculum Consortium. I make appointments with my legislators and senators to speak about CTE and advocate for education as a whole. I create professional development programming for West-MEC Central Campus teachers and staff, as well as the 11 districts that we serve.
I am developing a district-wide Culture of Safety initiative that will serve as a model for other school districts. In my earlier years as a teacher, I worked with alcohol and other drug use and community coalitions to promote and provide safe environments for our students. I served as the Arizona Educators Rising State Director and currently train the state officers in public speaking and chapter visits each summer.
Career and technical education has played an integral role in my life: first as a DECA student, then serving as a CTE teacher, FCCLA advisor, and EdRising state director. I currently have the privilege of providing professional learning opportunities to CTE teachers as the West-MEC director of professional development and would like to build on this work by serving educators at the national level. According to the Institute for the Future (IFF), 85 percent of jobs that will exist in 2030 have not yet been invented. That is only 12 years away! The New and Related Services Division will continue to grow and hold a unique challenge of keeping up with the emerging areas that we will see over the next decade. As vice president of the New and Related Services Division, I will stay abreast of forecasted changes in business and industry as well as upcoming areas. We need to prepare the next generation of workers to forge partnerships with business and industry experts. We must ensure that we are equipping students with the skill sets they need. When we get better as educators, our students get better. In order to prepare them for the future, we must be prepared for the future. It is an honor to be considered for this position.