ACTE Announces 2022 National Award Finalists

UPDATED: September 29, 2021


September 15, 2021

Contact: Jori Houck

ACTE Announces 2022 National Award Finalists

ALEXANDRIA, VA—Today, the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) announced its 2022 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 November 30 at 5:00 p.m. ET. The Awards Gala is sponsored by Express Employment Professionals, Goodheart-Willcox and Stratasys. For more information about the ACTE Excellence Awards, visit our webpage.


Teacher of the Year Award

John Lockhart–Lost Creek, WV–Region I

Debbie Rowell–Lancaster, SC–Region II

Luke Becker–Braham, MN–Region III

Sherri Gleaves–Oklahoma City, OK–Region IV

Laura Miller–Junction City, KS–Region V


Postsecondary Teacher of the Year Award

Kemaly Parr–Murray, KY–Region II

Sarah LaRose–West Lafayette, IN–Region III

Matthew Shannon–Tulsa, OK–Region IV

Ben Hamlett–Twin Falls, ID–Region V


Administrator of the Year Award

Clifton Martin–Washington, DC–Region I

Daryle Adams, Ed.S–Kannapolis, NC–Region II

Dave Rockers–Joplin, MO–Region III

Wendy Suzanne Kelly–Purvis, MS–Region IV

Shani Watkins–Bremerton, WA–Region V


New Teacher of the Year Award

Elizabeth Wise–Bay City, MI–Region I

Margaret Ashley Rogers–Carlisle, KY–Region II

Breanne Brammer–Salisbury, MO–Region III

Tiauna Young–Pea Ridge, AR–Region IV

Miranda Bright–Crete, NE–Region V


Teacher Educator of the Year Award

Nick Beykirch–Ewing, NJ–Region I

Kimberly Bellah–Murray, KY–Region II

Brad Greiman–St. Paul, MN–Region III

Sheri Deaton–Fayetteville, AR–Region IV

Natalie Hancock–Provo, UT–Region V


Counseling and Career Development Professional Award

Kelli Lancaster–Williamston, SC–Region II

Lisa Miller–Cambridge, IL–Region III

Kelly Powers–Oklahoma City, OK–Region IV

Heather Webb–Surprise, AZ–Region V


Lifetime Achievement Award

Frank Yesalavich–Wayne, NJ–Region I

Bena Weires–Morehead City, NC–Region II

Robert Arthur-Fleming Lowe–St. Paul, MN–Region III

Saundra Grimshaw-Castillo–Las Cruces, NM–Region IV

John Mulcahy–Glendale, AZ–Region V


Carl Perkins Community Service Award

Sara Plozay–Piqua, OH–Region I

Lauren Williams–Paducah, KY–Region II

Jeff Maierhofer–Seneca, IL–Region III

Tammy Balliet–Oklahoma City, OK–Region IV

Richard McPherson–Rio Rico, AZ–Region V

Note: National finalists from Region II will be announced after the Region II conference on September 24-25.


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.