ACTE Announces Minnesota Marketing Teacher as National Award Finalist

September 28, 2018

Contact: Jarrod Nagurka, 703-683-9312

ACTE Announces Minnesota Marketing Teacher as National Award Finalist

ALEXANDRIA, VA—Today, the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) announced Craig J. Spreiter, Marketing Teacher at Tartan High School in Oakdale, Minnesota, as the recipient of the 2018 ACTE Region III 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.

Spreiter is a strong believer in building partnerships that not only benefit students but also add value to local businesses. He was the driving force behind Ideal Credit Union opening a first-ever student-operated branch in the Tartan DECA School Store in 2013.

Spreiter actively promotes other student-led community service projects that center on improving business practices and developing long-term partnerships with his marketing courses and DECA student organization. He is passionate about inspiring students to become involved politically to help champion and advocate for youth financial literacy.

Additionally, he speaks to business leaders about partnering with local schools regarding financial literacy and CTE internship programs.

Spreiter is one of 5 finalists for the 2019 national title. The national winner will be announced at the ACTE Awards Banquet, a dinner and award presentation recognizing the best CTE educators in the country. The event will take place on Wednesday evening, November 28, during ACTE’s CareerTech VISION 2018 in San Antonio, TX. The Awards Banquet is sponsored by Express Employment Professionals, the US Army, CareerSafe, 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.