ACTE Announces North Carolina Career Development Coordinator as National Award Finalist


October 14, 2023

Contact: Dominique Frascoia 


ACTE Announces North Carolina Career Development Coordinator as National Award Finalist

ALEXANDRIA, VA—Today, the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) announced Kelly Michelle Hoff, Career Development Coordinator at Craven County Schools in Havelock, North Carolina, as the 2023 ACTE Region II Counseling and Career Development Professional. This award recognizes the finest career and technical education (CTE) teachers at the middle/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. 

Kelly Hoff serves as the Career Development Coordinator at Havelock High School and Early College East for Craven County Schools.  After attending the University of Mount Olive where she earned a Bachelor of Science in History, she began teaching Secondary Social Studies for Wayne County Public Schools. She continued her education by earning her Master of School Administration, Curriculum, and Instruction from East Carolina University. Later, after moving to the Crystal Coast, she was allowed to develop the Middle School Career Development program for Carteret County Public Schools. She has served as the North Carolina Association of Career and Technical Education Counseling and Career Development Division President-Elect, President, and Past President and as a 2019-2020 NCACTE Leadership Fellow. Currently she holds the office of President-Elect for NCACTE.  In 2021 she received the Carteret County Shine the Light CTE Award in March and September and most recently in October of 2022, she received the Craven County Schools CTE Above and Beyond Award. She was the recipient of the North Carolina ACTE Counseling and Career Development Professional Award in 2022. This is her twenty-second year in education where she has served as a coach, advisor, mentor, and in various leadership roles within her schools. 

Sparks is one of five finalists for the 2024 national title. The national winner will be announced at the ACTE Awards Gala, an award presentation recognizing the best CTE educators in the country. The event will take place on November 29, 2023, at 7:00 p.m. The Awards Gala is sponsored by Express Employment Professionals, Goodheart-Willcox, The Army, and Stratasys. For more information about the ACTE Excellence Awards, visit our webpage. 


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.