ACTE Announces Arkansas Instructor as National Award Finalist


September 15, 2021

Contact: Megan Kmiotek


ACTE Announces Arkansas Instructor as National Award Finalist


ALEXANDRIA, VA — Today, the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) announced Sheri Deaton, Instructor at University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Arkansas, as the 2021 ACTE Region IV Teacher Educator of the Year. This award recognizes teacher educators who have demonstrated innovation in teacher education, leadership in improving career and technical education (CTE), and commitment to preparing teachers to deliver high-quality CTE programs.


Sheri Deaton is a Career and Technical Education (CTE) instructor in the College of Education and Health professions at the University of Arkansas. She is a nationally board-certified teacher with eighteen years of experience in career and technical education. For thirteen years, Deaton taught family and consumer sciences (FCS) in both middle school and high school classrooms, while actively advising students involved in FCCLA. The last five years, Deaton has served as an instructor, mentor, and supervisor for CTE teacher candidates pursuing teaching certifications related to business education, technology education, and family and consumer sciences education. Her roles involve developing and implementing curriculum to meet the diverse needs of CTE teacher candidates, supervising teaching internships, serving as faculty adviser for the FCS teacher candidates, and developing content for specific FCS courses offered through the college.


Deaton has served as parliamentarian for the Arkansas Association of Teachers of Family and Consumer Sciences (AATFCS) and as a board member for the Arkansas FCCLA Alumni. She currently serves on five advisory boards for CTE programs in Northwest Arkansas, assisting local schools with resources, letters of support, and serving as a guest speaker as needed. She has collaborated with members of the department of education to assist with standard creation, modification, and alignment for FCS courses offered in the upcoming year, and frequently provides professional development for new FCS teachers across the state.


Deaton 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 virtual 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.



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.