ACTE Announces Oklahoma Instructional Coach as National Award Finalist


September 25, 2023 

Contact: Dominique Frascoia 


ACTE Announces Oklahoma Instructional Coach as National Award Finalist

ALEXANDRIA, VA—Today, the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) announced Nina Morgan, Instructional Coach at Kiamichi Technology Center in Wilburton, Oklahoma, as the 2023 ACTE Region IV Lifetime Achievement and Hall of Fame. This award recognizes the finest career and technical education (CTE) educators 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. 

When Nina Morgan first stepped into the field of education in 1989, she set out to change the world.  But now, 33 years later, she finds that she is the one who has changed. Personal convictions about her role as an educator transformed over the years.  From being a classroom teacher for 26 years, to working with broader community stakeholders through Business & Industry Services, to investing in future CTE educators in her current role as an Instructional Coach, Nina has learned that being an educator is about impact, and it is about legacy.  Nina’s overall philosophy of life, as well as education, is best captured in a quote by Pastor Tommy Nelson, “What I‘ve always wanted to do is not to make a splash, but a ripple. I wanted to affect men—not impress them.”  She believes we should all strive to leave the world a better place because we were in it.  

Morgan 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.