FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 15, 2021
Contact: Megan Kmiotek
ACTE Announces New Jersey Consultant for Curriculum & Instruction
as National Award Finalist
ALEXANDRIA, VA—Today, the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) announced Frank Yesalavich, Consultant for Curriculum & Instruction at Passaic County Vocational Technical Institute in Wayne, New Jersey, as the recipient of the 2021 ACTE Region I Lifetime Achievement Award. This award recognizes career and technical education (CTE) professionals for their leadership on behalf of ACTE, their innovations in CTE and their contributions to the field over an extended period of time. ACTE will also be inducting all five Lifetime Achievement national finalists into the ACTE Hall of Fame virtually. The Hall of Fame honors the leadership of CTE professionals who have made enduring contributions to CTE throughout their career.
Frank Yesalavich is a lifelong educator having served as a teacher of CTE related math and sciences, a high school agriculture teacher at Essex County Vocational Schools, and an adjunct instructor-supervisor of agricultural education student teachers at Rutgers University. He currently serves as a consultant for curriculum and instruction at Passaic County Vocational Technical Institute. Yesalavich has an impressive resume of full career involvement and leadership in related organizations including in the Career and Technical Education Association of New Jersey, Association for Career and Technical Education, New Jersey Association of Agricultural Educators, National Association of Agricultural Educators, Essex County Board of Agriculture, Rutgers Experiment Station Board of Managers and New Jersey Farm Bureau.
Yesalavich’s involvement in the Association for Career and Technical Education has been significant in recent years. He currently serves as the Corresponding Secretary of the Career and Technical Education Association of New Jersey. He also has experience serving on the Region I Policy Committee, and on the resolutions, audit, and nominating committees. In addition, Yesalavich is a familiar face at Region I conferences, National Policy Seminar and ACTE Vision. For 46 years, Yesalavich has influenced countless students and fellow educators by building invaluable relationships, supporting career technical student organizations and being innovative in his field.
Yesalavich is one of 5 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 Tuesday, 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.