ACTE Announces Minnesota Teacher as National Award Finalist

September 23, 2019

Contact: Jarrod Nagurka, 703-683-9312

ACTE Announces Minnesota Teacher as National Award Finalist

ALEXANDRIA, VA—Today, the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) announced Jessica Daberkow, Agriculture Education Teacher at Martin County West High School in Sherburn, Minnesota, as the recipient of the 2019 ACTE Region III Carl Perkins Community Service Award. This award recognizes individuals who have used career and technical education (CTE) to make a significant impact on their community and demonstrated leadership in programs and activities that promote student involvement in community service.

Daberkow will be entering her 12th year of teaching this year, and teaches 7th through 12th grade students in a variety of classes ranging from Introductory to Agriculture, Animal Science, Computer Applications, First Time Homeowners, Shop for Girls and more. Within her department, there are 24 courses that are offered to students. In addition to teaching, Daberkow serves as the FFA advisor in which she advises 121 students. Through school and the FFA, her students are involved in many different community service opportunities that include the community sponsored garden, kids gardening program, Santa’s Helper, From the Ground up and the Corn Drive.

Daberkow is one of five 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.