ACTE Announces Washington D.C. Manager, CTE Career Education and Teacher Development as National Award Finalist


September 25, 2023 

Contact: Dominique Frascoia 


ACTE Announces Washington D.C. Manager, CTE Career Education and Teacher Development as National Award Finalist

ALEXANDRIA, VA—Today, the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) announced Crystal Smith, Manager, CTE Career Education and Teacher Development at DC Public Schools in Washington, District of Columbia, as the 2023 ACTE Region I Teacher Educator of the Year. 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. 

Crystal Smith is an inspiring and passionate educator who has dedicated over 18 years of her life to teaching and curriculum development. With a bachelor’s degree in business education and a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from North Carolina Central University, Crystal has a wealth of knowledge and expertise in education. Currently, Crystal is the Manager for CTE Teacher Development at the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS). In her role, Crystal is responsible for managing the professional development of CTE teachers across the district, ensuring they have the skills and knowledge necessary to provide their students with the best possible education. 

Crystal always considers herself a teacher first! Before working at the DCPS central office, Crystal was a Computer Science and Business Education within DCPS and Durham Public Schools (NC). Crystal was also an instructor for the Duke University Talent Identification Program, where she taught Computer Science to gifted students. Crystal’s passion for education is infectious. She is known for her dedication to ensuring that all students have access to the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in the future. Her expertise in curriculum development and teacher training is invaluable to the education community, and she continues to inspire and empower educators and students alike. 

Smith 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.