ACTE announces Region V Excellence Award winners, national award finalists

April 20, 2015

ALEXANDRIA, VA – The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2015 Region V Excellence Awards:

  • ACTE Region V Teacher of the Year-Michelle D. Aldrich, Ph. D. from Cheyenne, Wyoming
  • ACTE Region V Career Guidance Award winner-Sue Rodriguez from Reno, Nevada
  • ACTE Region V Administrator of the Year-Susan Dixon from Vancouver, Washington
  • ACTE Region V Postsecondary Teacher of the Year-Clifford R. McClain, Ph. D. from Las Vegas, Nevada
  • ACTE Region V New Teacher of the Year-Benjamin Barth from Coolidge, Arizona
  • ACTE Region V Carl Perkins Community Service Award winner-Kelly O’Donnell from Arlington, South Dakota
  • ACTE Region V Lifetime Achievement Award winner-LaDonna Elhardt from Minot, North Dakota

The Region winners were announced at an awards ceremony during the ACTE Region V conference in Kansas City, Kansas on April 18, 2015. Region winners were selected from among state award winners in Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.

The ACTE Excellence Awards promote merit in career and technical education (CTE) by recognizing individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to CTE, programs that exemplify the highest standards and organizations that have conducted activities to promote and expand CTE programs. Award winners serve as inspirational leaders to ACTE: they embody the core values of serving students and being committed to CTE. For more information about the ACTE Excellence Awards, please click here.

The Region V winners will progress as national finalists in their categories. The national winners will be announced at the ACTE Awards Banquet, a dinner and award presentation recognizing the best CTE educators in the country, which will take place on Thursday evening, November 19, during ACTE’s CareerTech VISION 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. For more information about the 2015 Awards Banquet, please click here.

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, guidance counselors 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.