ACTE Announces New York Health Science Educator as 2023 National Winner

December 5, 2022
Contact: Dominique Frascoia 


ACTE Announces New York Health Science Educator as 2023 National Winner 


ALEXANDRIA, VA—Today, the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) announced Linda Romano, Health Science Educator at Newburgh Enlarged City School District in Newburgh, New York, as the recipient of the 2023 National ACTE Carl Perkins Community Service Award.This award recognizes individuals who have used CTE to make a significant impact on their community and demonstrated leadership in programs and activities that promote student involvement in community service. 


In 2006, Linda Romano started a nurse aide program at Newburgh Enlarged City School District, her program began with 12 students and has grown to a full Health Science Education pathway educating over 300 students. This program which began with herself as a teacher now has 4 teachers which she mentored to meet the increasing enrollment.  In 2019, her program earned the NYS Model CTE Program.  Within her school community, she is highly involved with her school, faculty, and students.  She sits as chair on the School Leadership Team, Health and Safety Team, Adviser to Red Cross Club, Blood Drive and most recently Health Occupation Students of America.   


Linda is also a Medical Reserve Volunteer and has volunteered her services as a nurse during the initial COVID outbreak and most recently to provide vaccines through the Department of Health in Goshen and surrounding areas, administering vaccines to those eligible in each phase as per NYS Governor’s office. 


She was awarded 2018 National Teacher of the Year by the National Association for Career and Technical Education and has served as ACTE Health Science Division VP. Linda is dedicated to serving as a diversity advocate in her role on ACTE IAED Advisory, and serves as a mentor. In 2022, Linda was recipient of the Drexel University Harold W. Pote Behind Every Graduate Award.  This prestigious award nomination is very meaningful as it came from Linda’s student who felt inspired by her to become a nurse. This student graduated Drexel University’s Nursing Program June 2022. 


Linda has published the curriculum for the NYS Education Department for Certified Nursing Assistant and has published work as a contributing author for Health Science: Concepts and Applications published by Goodheart-Wilcox and most recently Nursing Assistant- A Nursing Process Approach for Cengage publishing in 2021. Linda’s mission and lifestyle are of a servant leader, her joy is helping others. 


Romano was one of five finalists for the 2023 national title. The national winner was announced at the Awards Gala, recognizing the best CTE educators in the country. The event took place on November 30, at ACTE’s CareerTech VISION 2022. The Awards Gala was sponsored by Express Employment Professionals, CareerSafe, Goodheart-Willcox, and Stratasys. For more information about the ACTE Excellence Awards, visit our webpage.