ACTE Announces Arkansas Family and Consumer Science Teacher as National Award Finalist 


September 25, 2023 

Contact: Dominique Frascoia 


ACTE Announces Arkansas Family and Consumer Science Teacher as National Award Finalist

ALEXANDRIA, VA—Today, the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) announced Mindy Lyle, Family and Consumer Science Teacher at Acorn High School in Mena, Arkansas, as the 2023 ACTE Region IV New Teacher of the Year. This award recognizes the finest career and technical education (CTE) teachers 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. 

Mindy Lyle is a Family Consumer Science teacher at Ouachita River School District, Acorn Campus. She is a wife, mom to six amazing children, and a Mimi. Mindy came to CTE through a nontraditional pathway, hit the ground running, and is in her sixth year of teaching. Daily, she teaches seven classes: Family & Consumer Science, Food Safety & Nutrition, Food Production, Child Development, Family CSI, Career Development, and Life & Fitness Nutrition. She is the FCCLA adviser, and the concession stand coordinator She is a member of several professional CTE and Education organizations and President Elect of the Arkansas Association for Family & Consumer Science Teachers. Last year, she secured a grant in the amount of $65,480 for a new Culinary Arts program of study. Mindy is passionate about CTE education and committed to helping her students discover their own passion whether it’s in FACS or any other CTE pathway. Her FCCLA chapter is extremely active, and they are heavily involved in community service. In her five years as an FCCLA adviser, she has had two state officers (including the Arkansas State President), six regional officers, a national officer candidate, and numerous regional, state, and national Star Event qualifiers. Mindy’s dedication to CTE education and FCCLA is what helps her grow her program and chapter. She leads by example and students want to be involved in the excitement in her classes! 

Lyle 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.