FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 14, 2023
Contact: Dominique Frascoia
ACTE Announces Georgia Career Technical Instructor as National Award Finalist
ALEXANDRIA, VA—Today, the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) announced Dr. Alicia Jordan, Career Technology Instructor at Fulton County Schools in Fairburn, Georgia, as the 2023 ACTE Region II Carl Perkins Community Service Award. 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.
In 1998, Alicia began her second career as a Special Education Teacher. Jordan taught primary level for one year before moving to secondary level. In this role she was responsible for writing, designing and producing lesson plans in accordance with state curriculum guidelines and requirements. She differentiated instruction to best facilitate the various learning needs of each student and applied scaffolding techniques to enhance student learning. In addition to developing and implementing an Individual Education Plan (IEP) for each student, Alicia provided extensive comprehensive instructional strategies and tutorials. Due to her excellent leadership and organization skills, in 2002, she worked as a Transition Specialist. In this role she developed community-based work sites for students with mild, moderate and autistic disabilities. Alicia developed and implemented the Individual Transition Plan (ITP) for each student with special needs. She also administered and evaluated vocational assessments as well as coordinated programs and services with students, parents, teachers and post-secondary options and various service providers that may include but not limited to Department of Rehabilitation Services, Work Force Development, or Regional Board. In 2005, she began her role as a Career Technology Instruction Coordinator. In this role she consults teachers on modifications and accommodations to instruction and materials ensuring the diverse needs of students with special needs in career technology courses. Alicia organized and provided instruction that assist students with special needs in successfully entering and participating in all career and technical education programs while communicating responsibly with students, parents, colleagues, and school leadership. In addition to facilitating presentations and providing interventions and methods on successful behavior management, she gave guidance and support for that student’s post-secondary goals. During her tenure, she has served on several special committees and received the Georgia Career and Technical Instruction 100% Award. Due to her tireless efforts in this position, she received the Harry Donaldson Over and Beyond Award 2021. Upon receiving her Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Florida State University in 1982, she was employed in the field of Law Enforcement for 10 years. Upon moving to Georgia, she attended Clark Atlanta University acquiring a Master of Arts in Learning Disabilities in 1998 and subsequently received her Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Leadership from Capella University in June 2008.
Jordan 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.
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.