ACTE Announces Arizona Instructor as National Award Finalist

September 15, 2020

Contact: Megan Kmiotek

ACTE Announces Arizona Instructor as National Award Finalist

ALEXANDRIA, VA—Today, the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) announced Lori Merrill, Medical Professions Instructor at the Cochise Technology District in Willcox, Arizona, as the 2020 ACTE Region V New Teacher of the Year. This award recognizes new career and technical education (CTE) teachers who have made significant contributions toward innovative and unique CTE programs and shown a professional commitment early in their careers.

Lori Merrill is a Medical Professions Instructor in the Cochise Technology District. Since 2004 she has been a Registered Nurse with a passion for patient education.  In 2014, Merrill was able to take her love for teaching to a new career in Career and Technical Education. She is passionate to show students enthusiasm for healthcare.  Through HOSA, she renewed in her hope for the future caregivers that will make a difference in their patients’ lives.

Merrill is one of five finalists for the 2021 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 Thursday, December 3, during ACTE’s Virtual CareerTech VISION 2020. The Virtual Awards Gala is sponsored by Express Employment Professionals, Goodheart-Willcox, CareerSafe, 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.