ACTE and Advance CTE Release Eighth Annual Report Examining State CTE Policies

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
February 26, 2021

Contact: Hannah Neeper
hneeper@acteonline.org

ACTE and Advance CTE Release Eighth Annual Report Examining State CTE Policies

Alexandria, VA – In 2020, career and technical education (CTE) adapted to the challenges brought about by the coronavirus, continuing to deliver high-quality programming nationwide across all learner levels. CTE also remained at the forefront of state CTE policy, with 31 states enacting or passing 67 CTE-related policy actions. Today, Advance CTE and the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE), with research support from the Education Commission of the States, released their eighth annual report, State Policies Impacting CTE: 2020 Year in Review.

This report highlights major trends in CTE and career readiness policymaking, and includes a companion online state policy tracker that tracks and analyzes legislative actions by state and content area. While there were fewer CTE policies enacted this year than in past years as states dealt with the pandemic, states still showed a commitment to high-quality CTE through their policymaking. Funding, industry partnerships/work-based learning and access and equity were the top three policy categories this year, followed by policies addressing dual/concurrent enrollment, articulation and early college, and data, reporting and/or accountability. In addition, the report spotlights several states that enacted CTE-related policy specific to the coronavirus pandemic. 

“Like all sectors of education and the economy, CTE programs have had to change the way they operate this past year, but quality and equity have remained at the forefront of CTE policy. The CTE-related policies enacted in 2020 show that CTE is the key to getting the economy and workforce back on track,” said LeAnn Wilson, ACTE’s Executive Director. “States have passed new and innovative policies to address emerging issues, such as reimbursing schools for COVID-19 related costs and creating rapid workforce training initiatives to reskill and upskill unemployed and underemployed individuals. As the nation continues to navigate the new COVID-19 impacted world, high-quality CTE programs are more important and needed now more than ever.”

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About Advance CTE

Advance CTE is the longest-standing national non-profit that represents State Directors and state leaders responsible for secondary, postsecondary and adult Career Technical Education (CTE) across all 50 states and U.S. territories. Established in 1920, Advance CTE supports visionary state leadership, cultivates best practices and speaks with a collective voice to advance high-quality CTE policies, programs and pathways that ensure career success for each learner.

About ACTE

The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) is the nation’s largest not-for-profit association committed to the advancement of education that prepares youth and adults for successful careers. ACTE represents the community of CTE professionals, including educators, administrators, researchers, school counselors, guidance and career development professionals and others at all levels of education. ACTE is committed to excellence in providing advocacy, public awareness and access to resources, professional development and leadership opportunities.

CTE Month Virtual Site Visit at Butler Tech

MEDIA ADVISORY
For Immediate Release
February 18, 2021

Contact: Hannah Neeper
hneeper@acteonline.org

CTE Month Virtual Site Visit at Butler Tech

The virtual visit to Butler Tech will highlight career and technical education (CTE) programs and the benefits and opportunities CTE provides to students

What: The Association for Career and Technical Education’s (ACTE) annual CTE Month site visit will take place virtually at Butler Tech in southwest Ohio, one of the largest career and technical education districts in the nation. This virtual event will include an overview of Butler Tech’s six campuses and 11 associate schools, followed by in-depth looks at key programs and comments from CTE students, staff and alumni on how this CTE district is preparing students for college and career readiness. More information about Butler Tech can be found on their website at https://www.butlertech.org/.

Where: The visit will be presented via YouTube Live. A link will be provided to everyone who RSVPs

When: Thursday, February 25th from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. EST

RSVP: RSVPs are required. To RSVP or for more information, contact Hannah Neeper at hneeper@acteonline.org or 703-683-9312.

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About ACTE:
The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) is the nation’s largest not-for-profit association committed to the advancement of education that prepares youth and adults for successful careers. ACTE represents the community of CTE professionals, including educators, administrators, researchers, school counselors, guidance and career development professionals and others at all levels of education. ACTE is committed to excellence in providing advocacy, public awareness and access to resources, professional development and leadership opportunities.

ACTE Announces Board of Directors 2021 Election Results

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 6, 2021
Media ContactHannah Neeper
hneeper@acteonline.org; 703-683-9327

ACTE Announces Board of Directors 2021 Election Results

Alexandria, VA – The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) is pleased to announce the results of the recent election for several spots on its Board of Directors. The election was open to ACTE’s membership of roughly 25,000 educators, administrators and other CTE professionals. The following members were elected:

Scott Stone, President-Elect
Mr. Stone is an Agricultural Instructor at Centralia R-VI School District in Centralia, Missouri. His one-year term will begin in July 2021 and will be followed by one-year terms as president and past president, respectively.  

Shani Watkins, Region V Vice President
Ms. Watkins is the Director at West Sound Technical Skills Center in Bremerton, Washington. She will serve a three-year term beginning July 2021.  

Robert Torres, Agricultural Education Division Vice President
Dr. Torres is a Professor and Department Head at University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona. He will serve a three-year term beginning July 2021.

Holly Strand-Rysgaard, Health Science Education Division Vice President
Ms. Strand-Rysgaard is a Health Sciences Instructor at West Fargo Public Schools in West Fargo, North Dakota. She will serve a three-year term beginning July 2021.

Beth Parks, Region II Vice President-elect
Ms. Parks is the Director of CTAE at Oconee County Schools in Watkinsville, Georgia. She will serve a three-year term beginning July 2022.

Brandon Russell, Region III Vice President-elect
Mr. Russell is the Director of Career, Technical and Adult Education at Columbia Public Schools in Columbia, Missouri.  He will serve a three-year term beginning July 2022.

Susan Leon, New and Related Services Division Vice President-elect
Ms. Leon is an Instructional Specialist at West-MEC in Glendale, Arizona. She will serve a three-year term beginning July 2022.

Additionally, the vice president-elects whose election occurred last year will join the Board as vice president in July 2021. Eric Ripley will assume the position of Administration Division Vice President and Gibby Gibbons will assume the position of Counseling and Career Development Division Vice President.  The Board of Directors appointed Kristina Ropos to begin her term as Postsecondary, Adult and Career Education Division Vice president early in July 2020 due to a vacancy in the position; her term for this position is will conclude June 30, 2024.

ACTE congratulates the winners, and thanks all of the candidates for their willingness to serve and their hard work, dedication, and commitment to the Association. ACTE also thanks all of its members who had their voices heard by voting in the election.

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About ACTE
The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) is the nation’s largest not-for-profit association committed to the advancement of education that prepares youth and adults for successful careers. ACTE represents the community of CTE professionals, including educators, administrators, researchers, school counselors, guidance and career development professionals and others at all levels of education. ACTE is committed to excellence in providing advocacy, public awareness and access to resources, professional development and leadership opportunities.

ACTE 2021 IAED Mentorship Program Participants Announced

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 23, 2020

Media ContactHannah Neeper
hneeper@acteonline.org; 703-683-9327

ACTE 2021 IAED Mentorship Program Participants Announced

Alexandria, VA – The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) has announced the selection of 32 mentors and 36 mentees to participate in its inaugural year of the IAED (Inclusion, Access, Equity, and Diversity) Mentorship Program.

The goals of the IAED Mentorship Program are:

  • To provide mentors to ACTE members interested in IAED
  • To encourage ACTE members interested in IAED to pursue leadership roles in ACTE
  • To advise existing leaders in ACTE on IAED issues

The IAED Mentorship Program is a one-year commitment from VISION 2020 through VISION 2021. ACTE would like to thank IMAGO for their generous support of the IAED Mentorship Program.

Mentors:

Sandra Adams—Fort Wayne, IN
Rahsaan Bartet—Glendale, AZ
Ramona Beck—Cincinnati, OH
Snehal Bhakta—Las Vegas, NV
Kalyn Botz—Valley City, ND
Felicia Latoya Brown—Trenton, NJ
Tammy Caesar—Austin, TX
Jill Cohen—Hertford, NC
Jeffrey Crapper—Hillsboro, OR
Janine Duncan—Manhattan, KS
Jessica Howard—Lone Tree, IA
Bruce Ingraham—El Cerrito, CA
Patrick Irvin—Grants Pass, OR
Del Johnson—Brooklyn Park, MN
Kevin Johnson—Austin, TX
Glenn Killebrew—Marietta, GA
“AL” Long—Cincinnati, OH
Charlie McAdoo II—Decatur, GA
Kevin McCaskill—Roxbury, MA
Laci McCool—Fort Cobb, OK
Rana McVay—Tulsa, OK
Elsie Morris—Joplin, MO
Chaney Mosley—Murfreesboro, TN
Aaron Parsons—Glendale, AZ
Linda Romano—Newburgh, NY
Holly Strand-Rysgaard—West Fargo, ND
Shelly Thome—Glendale, AZ
Susan Timm—Elgin, IL
Stephen Weltsch—Glendale, AZ
Kimberly Wilson—Alexandria, VA
Latasha Wilson—Pflugerville, TX

Mentees:

Melanie Allen—Layton, UT
Shelsi Barber-Carter—Baton Rouge, LA
Valerie Beachley—Huntington Beach, CA
Ayanna Boykins—Oma, NE
Teresa Broadnax—Washington, DC
Shae Bruursema—Townsend, MT
Denise Burton—Las Vegas, NV
Brian Cashman—Red Wing, MN
Regine Childs—Redmond, OR
Sara Cobb—Bridgeton, NJ
Julie D’Aliberti—Elyria, OH
Carrington Faulk – Newport News, VA
Dominique Footes—Washington, DC
Jennifer Fowler—Phoenix, AZ
Emma Godfrey—Cincinnati, OH
Micah Goins—La Puente, CA
Cori Gray—Stillwater, OK
Anna Hall—Xenia, OH
Shereena Johnson—Pflugerville, TX
Chris Juarez—Denver, CO
Dana King – Normal, IL
Amy Lorenzo—Boise, ID
Brandon Macrafic—Rochester, MN
Elina Medina—Denver, CO
Aaron Meyer—Newport News, VA
Jim Michlig—Muskego, WI
Tina Miller—Vermillion, SD
Candice Mott—Washington, DC
Amy Perreault—Lexington, MA
Kristin Petrunin—Coppell, TX
Nadine Robertson—Harvey, LA
Cristina Sanchez Serrano—Denver, CO
Sue Schultz—Madison, WI
Sara Shaw—Las Vegas, NV
Dana Wallace—Stillwater, OK
Robert Wright—Keller, TX

ACTE would also like to recognize the members of the IAED Mentorship Program Advisory Group for their leadership in crafting this program.

For more information regarding the application and requirements, please visit the ACTE IAED Mentorship Program Page.

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About ACTE
The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) is the nation’s largest not-for-profit association committed to the advancement of education that prepares youth and adults for successful careers. ACTE represents the community of CTE professionals, including educators, administrators, researchers, school counselors, guidance and career development professionals and others at all levels of education. ACTE is committed to excellence in providing advocacy, public awareness and access to resources, professional development and leadership opportunities.

ACTE Announces 2021 National Award Winners

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 3, 2020
Contact: Megan Kmiotek
mkmiotek@acteonline.org 

ACTE Announces 2021 National Award Winners

ALEXANDRIA, VA — Today, the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) announced its 2021 national award winners in eight different award categories. Winners were announced for the Teacher of the Year, Postsecondary Teacher of the Year, Teacher Educator of the Year, Administrator of the Year, New Teacher of the Year, Counseling and Career Development Professional of the Year, Lifetime Achievement and Carl Perkins Community Service Awards. ACTE named its national finalists earlier this year.

The national winners were announced at the ACTE Awards Gala, the first virtual award presentation recognizing the best CTE educators in the country. The event took place on Thursday, December 3, during ACTE’s CareerTech Virtual VISION 2020. The Awards Gala was sponsored by Express Employment Professionals, CareerSafe, Goodheart-Willcox, eDynamic Learning and Stratasys. For more information about the ACTE Excellence Awards, visit our webpage.

Teacher of the Year Award
Amanda Eastridge-English, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Postsecondary Teacher of the Year Award
Nicole Hampton, Flagstaff, Arizona

Administrator of the Year Award
Jean Rakun, Plymouth, Minnesota

New Teacher of the Year Award
Kaitlin VanHeusen, Starke, Florida

Teacher Educator of the Year Award
Sally E. Arnett-Hartwick, Normal, Illinois

Counseling and Career Development Professional Award 
Nora Zollweg, Bremerton, Washington

Lifetime Achievement Award
Lisa Doll, Chandler, Arizona

Carl Perkins Community Service Award
Tammy Camel, Mt. Vernon, Kentucky 

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About ACTE
The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) is the nation’s largest not-for-profit association committed to the advancement of education that prepares youth and adults for successful careers. ACTE represents the community of CTE professionals, including educators, administrators, researchers, school counselors, guidance and career development professionals and others at all levels of education. ACTE is committed to excellence in providing advocacy, public awareness and access to resources, professional development and leadership opportunities.

ACTE 2021 Fellowship Program Participants Announced

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 4, 2020

Media Contact: Hannah Neeper
hneeper@acteonline.org; 703-683-9327

ACTE 2021 Fellowship Program Participants Announced

Alexandria, VA – The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) has announced the selection of 24 participants for its National Leadership Fellowship Program, which provides educators with an opportunity to enhance their leadership skills and involvement in professional organizations. The program identifies, trains, and motivates a cadre of leaders who will continue to advance efforts which support an educated, prepared, adaptable and competitive workforce.

The Fellowship Program is a one-year commitment from January 1 through December 31, 2021. Each of ACTE’s five regions and the majority of Divisions are represented in the program. In addition to more experienced educators, this year’s fellowship class again includes a cohort of new professionals, geared towards those with 2-5 years of CTE experience. The 2021 class of fellows is listed below, with an asterisk (*) denoting the cohort of new professionals.

  • Michael Herrera—Region I—Perkasie, PA
  • Michele Leonardo*—Region I—Baldwin, NY
  • Kim Burt—Region II—Ocala, FL
  • Karen Roberts—Region II—Portsmouth, VA
  • Laura Smith—Region II—Abingdon, VA
  • Carmel Dare*—Region III—Rolla, MO
  • Kaleb Smith—Region III—Edwardsville, IL
  • Brenda Anderson—Region IV—Oklahoma City, OK
  • Paul Boff—Region IV—Round Rock, TX
  • Natalie Donnelly*—Region IV—Albuquerque, NM
  • Sandra Kellogg—Region V—Salem, OR
  • Sue Key – Region V – Torrance, CA
  • Emma Moss*—Region V—Sandy, UT
  • Wendy Perry—Administration Division—Norman, OK
  • Juliana Probst*—Administration Division—Elmore, AL
  • Ashley Thompson*—Agricultural Education Division—Norman, OK
  • Zachary Johnson*—Business Education Division—North Kansas City, MO
  • Jennifer Tupper*—Counseling & Career Development Division—Norman, OK
  • Cory Ortiz*— Engineering & Technology Education Division—Ogden, UT
  • Douglas Jones*—Health Science Education Division—Stillwater, OK
  • Russell Parker – New and Related Services Division – Concord, NC
  • Jenna Fox*—Postsecondary, Adult & Career Education Division—Port Charlotte, FL
  • Matthew White—Trade & Industrial Education Division—Statesboro, GA
  • Russell Parker—OK PACE—Tulsa, OK

The fellows are required to complete several activities throughout the year, including conducting an in-person visit with a local, state and federal legislator, writing blog posts, attending at least two required events and submitting a final summary of their accomplishments to ACTE’s Board of Directors.

Cindy Stover will serve as the Fellowship Coordinator through 2021.  She currently serves as the executive director of Illinois ACTE, and previously served as the ACTE Region III Vice President. She has extensive CTE experience, including leading different CTE centers.

Doug Major and Dr. Dawn Lindsley have been selected to serve as the 2022-2023 Fellowship Coordinators.

For more information regarding the application and requirements, please visit the ACTE Fellowship Program page.

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About ACTE
The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) is the nation’s largest not-for-profit association committed to the advancement of education that prepares youth and adults for successful careers. ACTE represents the community of CTE professionals, including educators, administrators, researchers, school counselors, guidance and career development professionals and others at all levels of education. ACTE is committed to excellence in providing advocacy, public awareness and access to resources, professional development and leadership opportunities.

Texas Health Occupations Association (THOA) Unifies with National ACTE

Texas Health Occupations Association (THOA) Unifies with National ACTE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Oct. 5, 2020

Texas Health Occupations Association (THOA) Unifies, Affiliates with National ACTE

Alexandria, VA – The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) is pleased to announce that the Texas Health Occupations Association (THOA) has decided to formally unify with the national association. THOA is a Texas-based professional organization for health science career and technical educators. The move will benefit career and technical education (CTE) professionals and students throughout the state.

As a result of the unification, THOA members will now enjoy concurrent membership in their association and ACTE national professional membership associations. Through this new relationship, THOA has secured access for its members to ACTE’s robust professional development resources, federal public policy advocacy and leadership opportunities. THOA will now benefit as an organization from a variety of association management services, including online membership processing and use of new electronic communications tools. The partnership will strengthen ACTE’s ability to connect with CTE stakeholders in Texas, and give THOA members a louder voice in national policy discussions.

“ACTE’s Board of Directors and I are very excited to welcome THOA to our unified ranks” said ACTE Executive Director LeAnn Wilson. “By working closely with THOA, we’ll be able to better grow, expand and advocate for high-quality CTE in both Texas and across the nation.”

“The mission of THOA is to support health science educators. Enabling them to consistently provide a pathway for a pipeline of future healthcare providers, developing future leaders for our state and beyond. Thank you teachers for all you do.” said Jackie Uselton, executive director of THOA. “It’s our desire to help you focus on keeping your skills honed and your passion for teaching fueled by attending the health science conferences that we offer each year and expanding your professional development opportunities to the national level. Our partnership with ACTE will enhance your membership experience and give you a national voice in career and technical education.”

About ACTE
The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) is the nation’s largest not-for-profit association committed to the advancement of education that prepares youth and adults for successful careers. ACTE represents the community of CTE professionals, including educators, administrators, researchers, counseling and career development professionals and others at all levels of education. ACTE is committed to excellence in providing advocacy, public awareness and access to resources, professional development and leadership opportunities.

National Association Teacher of Family and Consumer Sciences (NATFCS) Unifies with National ACTE

National Association Teacher of Family and Consumer Sciences (NATFCS) Unifies with National ACTE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Oct. 5, 2020

National Association Teacher of Family and Consumer Sciences (NATFCS) Unifies with National ACTE Alexandria, VA – The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) is pleased to announce that the National Association Teacher of Family and Consumer Sciences (NATFCS) has decided to formally unify with the national association. NATFCS is a national professional organization for family consumer science (FCS) educators. The move will benefit career and technical education (CTE) professionals and students throughout the nation.

As a result of the unification, NATFCS members will now enjoy concurrent membership in their association and ACTE national professional membership associations. Among the many assets national membership provides, ACTE offers extensive professional development resources, federal public policy advocacy and leadership opportunities. The unification will also improve ACTE’s connection to FCS educators, and strengthen their voice in Washington.

“I am so pleased to expand our partnership with NATFCS and the CTE professionals nationally” said ACTE Executive Director LeAnn Wilson. “Working together, ACTE and NATFCS can build on our shared goals of strengthening CTE and ensuring that both educators have the tools to succeed.”

NATFCS has always been an important part of the Family and Consumer Sciences Division of ACTE. During a meeting in 1951, 125 teachers from 16 states organized the National Association of Vocational Home Economics Teachers (NAVHET). The teachers petitioned the American Vocational Association (AVA) Executive Committee to accept the NAVHET organization as a permanent affiliate of AVA.  “We are excited to now have a unified status with ACTE.” said Becky Cox, Administrative Assistant of NATFCS. “This just continues to strengthen our association and ACTE.  From a member perspective nothing has changed, but as an association we have a stronger relationship with and more resources available from ACTE.”

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About ACTE
The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) is the nation’s largest not-for-profit association committed to the advancement of education that prepares youth and adults for successful careers. ACTE represents the community of CTE professionals, including educators, administrators, researchers, counseling and career development professionals and others at all levels of education. ACTE is committed to excellence in providing advocacy, public awareness and access to resources, professional development and leadership opportunities.

SynED Named ACTE Business-Education Partnership Award Winner

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 15, 2020

Media Contacts:
Megan Kmiotek, ACTE
mkmiotek@acteonline.org

SynED Named ACTE Business-Education Partnership Award Winner

ALEXANDRIA, VA – The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) and its Board of Directors is pleased to announce synED as the ACTE Business-Education Partnership Award Winner. The Business-Education Partnership Award celebrates the contributions and achievements of schools and businesses that aid in the development and maintenance of partnerships supporting high-quality career and technical education (CTE).

SynED’s work in conjunction with Canyon Springs High School at Moreno Valley Unified School District – in Moreno Valley, CA to help build a skilled and prepared workforce of high school students was a driving factor and example of their exemplary work that led to their award recognition

“With our shared goal of focusing on student achievement beyond the classroom, our students have excelled tremendously and are equipped with skills that will help them succeed after they graduate high school,” said Moreno Valley Unified School District Superintendent Dr. Martinrex Kedziora. “We are honored to partner with synED to provide real-life experiences to our students. We are continuously impressed with the results of the program and are exceptionally proud of our students and staff.

SynED and CompTIA partner with several schools and businesses in California through synED’s Cyber-Guild initiative in order to unify and accelerate the approach to preparing cybersecurity talent for the workforce. SynED started with the intent to instigate, advocate and work with business and educators to utilize task appropriate tools and approaches to develop skills that draw the most direct line from students to a career focused jobs.

“SynED is a trusted and valued partner, sharing our commitment to help young people realize their career aspirations and become future innovators and leaders in the technology field,” said Amy Kardel, vice president for strategic workforce relationships at CompTIA. “We congratulate the team at synED on winning this prestigious award.”

SynED works to develop business need-driven programs with education providing qualified candidates to enter and progress along a career development path with placement as the only acceptable outcome. To accomplish this, synED continually scans for individuals and programs that demonstrate innovative thought and revolutionary approaches to learning, skill development and proficiency. These are connected with business workforce development programs to help prepare entry level candidates and advance existing employee proficiency.

“It is a great honor to be recognized for what drives our efforts, which is simply to help students, of any age, obtain their career objectives.” says synED President Scott Young. “This laser focus has helped us create our Personnel Supply Chain model which places business in the center of a path from learning to sustainable careers. This is what we live for.”

“The Business-Education Partnership Award celebrates business and education leaders who understand that economic livelihood is linked to the success of career and technical education (CTE) programs. Businesses and CTE programs across the country have already created successful partnerships that support student achievement, economic and community development, quality of life and more,” said ACTE Executive Director LeAnn Wilson. “SynED’s work in conjunction with Canyon Springs High School at Moreno Valley Unified School District exemplifies what this award strives to recognize: business and education leaders working together to build a prepared workforce. We are so proud of synED’s accomplishments, and we are honored to have them as the Business-Education Partnership Award winner.”

SynED will be recognized alongside other national ACTE award winners on Dec. 3, 2020, at the ACTE Virtual Awards Gala during ACTE’s Virtual CareerTech VISION 2020. VISION is ACTE’s signature event, with more than 4,000 CTE professionals from across the country in attendance. For more information on the Excellence Awards and the Awards Gala, visit http://www.acteonline.org/awards

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About ACTE
The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) is the nation’s largest not-for-profit association committed to the advancement of education that prepares youth and adults for successful careers. ACTE represents the community of CTE professionals, including educators, administrators, researchers, school counselors, guidance and career development professionals and others at all levels of education. ACTE is committed to excellence in providing advocacy, public awareness and access to resources, professional development and leadership opportunities.

About CompTIA
CompTIA, the world’s leading tech association, is a thought leader and an action leader. From our IT professional association to our leading certification programs, from our original research to our member communities and councils, our unparalleled programs set industry standards, foster skills development and generate knowledge and insight every day. With our members, we’re building the foundation for technology’s future.

About SynED
SynED is a non-profit organization that acts as a catalyst to help you help others to improve their lives through education and knowledge and skill acquisition, giving them rich career opportunities. Our team will help you explore the many possibilities and potential solutions available to achieve your desired outcomes.

About Canyon Springs High School
Canyon Springs High Schools’ CTE Cyber Academic Pathway and CTE Academies, strive to cultivate lifelong learners in supportive and challenging educational environments which promote the development of the skills necessary to empower students in post-secondary education and/or viable careers paths. 

ACTE Announces 2021 National Award Finalists

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Updated October 5, 2020

Contact: Hannah Neeper
hneeper@acteonline.org

ACTE Announces 2021 National Award Finalists

ALEXANDRIA, VA—Today, the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) announced its 2021 national finalists in eight different award categories. Finalists were announced for Teacher of the Year, Postsecondary Teacher of the Year, Administrator of the Year, New Teacher of the Year, Teacher Educator of the Year, Counseling and Career Development Professional Award, Lifetime Achievement and Carl Perkins Community Service Awards.

The national winner will be announced at the virtual ACTE Awards Gala, an award presentation recognizing the best CTE educators in the country. The event will take place on Thursday, December 3 at noon, during ACTE’s Virtual CareerTech VISION. The Awards Gala is sponsored by Express Employment Professionals, Goodheart-Willcox, CareerSafe, eDynamic and Stratasys. For more information about the ACTE Excellence Awards, visit our webpage.

Teacher of the Year Award

Kristina Guttadora–Freehold, NJ–Region I

Luke Riddle–Williamston, SC–Region II

Kandy Smitha–Indianapolis, IN–Region III

Amanda Eastridge-English–Oklahoma City, OK–Region IV

Kitti Wheeler–Lakewood, WA–Region V

Postsecondary Teacher of the Year Award

Terry Morse–University Center, MI–Region I

Kimberly Lee Mitchell–Jacksonville, AL–Region II

Krystle Gremaud–Warrensburg, MO–Region III

Cecil Wainscott–Stillwater, OK–Region IV

Nicole Hampton–Flagstaff, AZ–Region V

Administrator of the Year Award

Nicole Zergebel–Bellport, NY–Region I

Christopher Bailey–Jacksonville, NC–Region II

Jean Rakun–Plymouth, MN–Region III

Teresa Pinkston–Tulsa, OK–Region IV

Aron Schmidt–Vail, AZ–Region V

New Teacher of the Year Award

Jennifer Probst–Spencerport, NY–Region I

Kaitlin Van Heusen–Starke, FL–Region II

Lisa Orren–Redwood Falls, MN–Region III

Jennifer Snyder–Jonesboro, AR–Region IV

Lori Merrill–Wilcox, AZ–Region V

Teacher Educator of the Year Award

Dale Layfield–Clemson, SC–Region II

Sally Arnett-Hartwick–Normal, IL–Region III

Cynthia Miller–Portales, NM–Region IV

Carol Erwin–Wayne, NE–Region V

Counseling and Career Development Professional Award

Rosalie Sauter–West Nyack, NY–Region I

Brian Elliott–Concord, NC–Region II

Laura Cook–Park Ridge, IL–Region III

Tracy Hardy–Kosciusko, MS–Region IV

Nora Zollweg–Bremerton, WA–Region V

Lifetime Achievement Award

Constance Spohn–Rexford, NY–Region I

Judith Sams–Richmond, VA–Region II

Marth Eldredge Stark–Park Ridge, IL–Region III

Brenda Drawdy–Killeen, TX–Region IV

Lisa Doll–Chandler, AZ–Region V

Carl Perkins Community Service Award

Tammy Camel–Mt. Vernon, KY–Region II

Lorin Curtis–Joplin, MO–Region III

Kristal McCathern–Ardmore, OK–Region IV

Rachel Aszklar–Summer, WA–Region V

Note: National finalists from Region II will be announced after the Region II conference on October 1-3.

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About ACTE
The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) is the nation’s largest not-for-profit association committed to the advancement of education that prepares youth and adults for successful careers. ACTE represents the community of CTE professionals, including educators, administrators, researchers, school counselors, guidance and career development professionals and others at all levels of education. ACTE is committed to excellence in providing advocacy, public awareness and access to resources, professional development and leadership opportunities.