FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 15, 2021
Contact: Megan Kmiotek
ACTE Announces Arizona Professional School Counselor as National Award Finalist
ALEXANDRIA, VA—Today, the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) announced Heather Webb, Professional School Counselor at Dysart Unified School District, Valley Vista High School in Surprise, Arizona as the recipient of the 2021 ACTE Region V Counseling and Career Development Professional Award. This award recognizes school counselors and career development professionals who have demonstrated commitment to connecting students with opportunities for success, shown innovation in career exploration and development, and have advocated for career and technical education (CTE) as a viable option for all students.
Heather Webb has 22 years of education experience. Her journey in CTE began while in high school which helped form her philosophical belief. She was a member and served in leadership roles with the Cactus High School FFA and FCCLA-Early Childhood Education. Flash forward to post-secondary learning where she completed both her bachelor’s and master’s degree in 7-12 English Language Education, and K-12, School Counseling at Ottawa University, Phoenix, AZ. Her first 5 years of teaching began in the Pendergast Elementary School District as an 8th grade language arts teacher; followed by three years as a K-8 school counselor. In 2007, she joined the Valley Vista High School Counseling Guidance team. In November of 2012, Webb earned her National Board Teacher Certification in K-12 School Counseling. She supports the growth of CTE programs both within her district and at the state level through her professional membership with the ACTEAZ. In July of 2018, she completed the three-year fellows’ program with the ACTEAZ. And, in December of 2018, she became a member of the ACTEAZ Fellowship Coordinator Team, co-facilitating leadership and CTE advocacy within the fellowship program.
Webb is one of five finalists for the 2022 national title. 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 virtual Awards Gala is sponsored by Express Employment Professionals, Goodheart-Willcox 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.