ACTE Announces Arizona Campus Counselor as National Award Finalist 


September 25, 2023 

Contact: Dominique Frascoia 


ACTE Announces Arizona Campus Counselor as National Award Finalist

ALEXANDRIA, VA—Today, the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) announced Kristina Guy, Campus Counselor at West-MEC in Surprise, Arizona, as the 2023 ACTE Region V Counseling and Career Development Professional. This award recognizes the finest career and technical education (CTE) educators 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. 

Kristina is a fourth generation Arizona native.  She lives in the far west valley of Phoenix in Buckeye, Arizona.  She and her husband are working hard to successfully raise their 3 children.  Kristina enjoys time outside with her family, camping, trips to Rocky Point, Mexico, crafting, and reading.  She is a modestly sized fan of the Arizona Diamondbacks and Phoenix Suns, but an over the top fan of the Arizona Cardinals. 

Kristina Guy has been in education since 2003.  She spent her first 9 years in the high school English classroom and is currently in her 11th year as a school counselor. A double graduate from Northern Arizona University, Kristina’s entire educational career has been in the west valley at the Buckeye Union High School District and West-MEC Career and Technical Education district.  Kristina has served a variety of leadership roles from department chair, head coaching position, club advisors, district leadership teams, and being elected as President of the Arizona English Teachers Association (2006) and Board of Directors for Arizona School Counselor Association (current).  Kristina teaches and presents professional development in a variety of ways throughout the year to instructional staff at a variety of levels from local campus PD to presenting at state-wide conferences and trainings. 

Kristina started her CTE journey while in high school taking a couple courses and joining HERO (Home Economics Related Occupations) and participated in the internship program. Through this organization, Kristina learned many skills that have carried her through life: work ethic, professionalism, and the ability to network. Even though not a CTE teacher, Kristina became involved with CTSOs on her campuses to learn, build relationships, and be better prepared to speak to stakeholders about the importance of CTE.  As a firm believer in life-long education, it is important to Kristina to educate and strengthen the future of our tomorrow. 

Guy 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.