ACTE Announces Arizona Professor of Agribusiness as National Award Finalist 


September 25, 2023 

Contact: Dominique Frascoia 


ACTE Announces Arizona Professor of Agribusiness as National Award Finalist

ALEXANDRIA, VA—Today, the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) announced Justin Brereton, Professor of Agribusiness at in Chino Valley, Arizona, as the 2023 ACTE Region V Postsecondary Educator of the Year. 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. 

Justin Brereton earned his Plant Science undergraduate degree in 2000 from the University of Arizona. He worked in Arizona’s Horticulture Industry as an irrigation design/estimator, nursery manager, and grower until 2005. From 2005-2010 Justin taught Agriculture at the High School level and dual credit classes with Yavapai College. He earned his Master’s in Education in 2007 from Grand Canyon University. In 2010 he accepted a position as faculty at the Chino Valley Agribusiness Campus.  Justin teaches Agribusiness Classes such as Horticulture (AGS 202, 250, 252), Water Management (AGS 274), Soils (AGS 105) Plant Biology (BIO 103, AGS 103), Community Supported Agriculture (AGS 157) and Organic Gardening (AGS 156) Justin taught viticulture courses as part of the Southwest Wine Center at Yavapai College since 2011. Justin was the state of AZ Postsecondary CTE Teacher of the year in 2022. He has a passion for growing native plants, gardening, teaching, and spending time with his wife and children. 

Brereton 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.