ACTE Announces New Jersey Educator and Advisor as National Award Finalist

September 23, 2019

Contact: Jarrod Nagurka, 703-683-9312

ACTE Announces New Jersey Educator and Advisor as National Award Finalist

ALEXANDRIA, VA—Today, the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) announced Jenny Allen, Agricultural Educator and FFA Advisor at Newton School District in Newton, New Jersey as the 2019 ACTE Region I New Teacher of the Year. This award recognizes new career and technical education (CTE) teachers who have made significant contributions to innovative and unique CTE programs, and who shown a professional commitment early in their careers.

This is currently Allen’s fourth year at Newton High School as the Introduction to Agricultural Technology, Introduction to Aquaculture, Floral Design I and II, Landscape/Turf Management Operations, and Landscape Design teacher. She is also one of two FFA advisors. After graduating from Delaware Valley University, Allen worked at Belvidere High School where she trained its Floriculture CDE team for three years. After her final year there, the students won their first ever state Floriculture competition. After her hiring at Newton, where she became the school’s the first female agriculture teacher, Allen quickly began training her next state-winning Floriculture team, which won in her second year at the school. In 2018 she was named New Jersey FFA Advisor of the Year. Allen also received the 2017-2018 New Jersey Teachers Turn the Key Award from the National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE).

Allen is one of 5 finalists for the 2020 national title. The national winner will be announced at the ACTE Awards Gala, a dinner and award presentation recognizing the best CTE educators in the country. The event will take place on Wednesday evening, December 4, during ACTE’s CareerTech VISION 2019 in Anaheim, CA. The Awards Gala is sponsored by Express Employment Professionals, Goodheart-Willcox, 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.