ACTE Announces Kentucky Agricultural Educator as National Award Finalist


October 15, 2022 

Contact: Dominique Frascoia 


ACTE Announces Kentucky Agricultural Educator as National Award Finalist 


ALEXANDRIA, VA—Today, the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) announced Tara Wolfenbarger Poe, Agricultural Educator at Bourbon County High School in Paris, Kentucky, as the 2022 ACTE Region II 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. 


Poe is one of three agriculture teachers and a third-year teacher at Bourbon County High School in Paris, Kentucky. I am a Bourbon County native, where I graduated from Bourbon County in 2014. She obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Career and Technical Education from the University of Kentucky in 2018. While in college Poe worked for the National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE) where she assisted with their collaboration with ACTE to organize NAAE National Convention for agriculture teachers across the country. She received the 2018 McMillen KACTE Student Teacher Scholarship. Poe currently live in Paris, Kentucky where she married her finance Bryan Poe in the summer of 2021. They have a small sheep flock with a partnership of a local livestock producer. Poe will graduate from Georgetown College with a Teacher Leader Master’s with an instructional computer technology endorsement in 2022. 


Poe is one of five finalists for the 2023 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 30, 2022, at 7:00 p.m. The 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.