ACTE Announces New York Faculty as National Award Finalist

September 28, 2018

Contact: Jarrod Nagurka, 703-683-9312

ACTE Announces New York Faculty as National Award Finalist

ALEXANDRIA, VA — Today, the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) announced Joanne L. Ryan, faculty at the State University of New York in Buffalo, New York, as the 2018 ACTE Region I Teacher Educator of the Year. This award recognizes teacher educators who have demonstrated innovation in teacher education, leadership in improving CTE, and commitment to preparing teachers to deliver high quality CTE programs.

A native of western New York, Joanne Ryan has over 35 years of teaching experience in career and technical education (CTE) in the areas of business and work-based learning. Committed to education, Ryan has received extensive training through East Aurora Union Free Schools to be an education peer mentor. She is trained in cooperative learning, differentiated instruction and lesson plan development, and has implemented these teaching practices into her classrooms.

Furthermore, Ryan has instructed teacher candidates to master the New York State EdTPA. Through her teaching practices, students have been exposed to the EdTPA academic language, Common Core learning standards, and the roll out of the Next Generation Learning Standards 2018. In her methods course, teacher candidates are required to integrate English language arts, math and other Common Core standards in their lesson plans.

Offering realistic educator experiences, Ryan instills the importance of staying current in both the curriculum content area and teaching practices.

Ryan 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.