ACTE Announces Nebraska Instructor as National Award Finalist

September 23, 2019

Contact: Jarrod Nagurka, 703-683-9312

ACTE Announces Nebraska Instructor as National Award Finalist

ALEXANDRIA, VA—Today, the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) announced Kristine Spath, Agriculture Instructor at Waverly High School in Waverly, Nebraska, as the 2019 ACTE Region V Teacher of the Year. This award recognizes the finest career and technical education (CTE) teachers 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.

Spath has served as an agriculture education teacher and FFA advisor for 24 years, which has allowed her to grow both personally and professionally. She has taught a variety of subjects, including veterinary science, welding, floriculture and wildlife management in four different school systems in Nebraska. She is currently in her seventh year teaching in a single teacher department in Waverly, Nebraska. Spath’s leadership roles include serving at the Nebraska Agriculture Educators Association In-service Committee chair, Awards Committee chair and Nominating Committee chair as well as serving on the Nebraska Agriculture Educators Association board as a district representative, Secretary/Treasurer, President-Elect, President, and Past President. Spath also serves on the Nebraska FFA Association Board and the Nebraska FFA Foundation Board.

Spath 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.