FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 8, 2018
Contact: Jarrod Nagurka
ACTE Announces Alabama Retired Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher as National Award Finalist
ALEXANDRIA, VA—Today, the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) announced Rebecca W. Pierce, retired Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher, Chilton County Board of Education in Clanton, Alabama, as the recipient of the 2018 ACTE Region II Lifetime Achievement Award. This award recognizes CTE professionals for their leadership on behalf of ACTE, their innovations in CTE and their contributions to the field over an extended period of time.
Even after a well-earned retirement taken after 30 years in the classroom, Pierce has remained a strong leader and advocate for CTE and ACTE at the local, state, region and national levels.
Among Pierce’s important advocacy roles, she was appointed by the governor of Alabama to a task force created to evaluate and advocate changes throughout the state. The group assembled and disseminated information to Alabama ACTE with input from teachers, administrators, parents, and community leaders. Indeed, Pierce’s notes were so meticulous that the state department requested a copy for their records.
Advocacy work aside, while in the classroom Pierce always ensured that her program was evaluated annually to increase the effectiveness of instruction and to ensure her students were college and career ready.
Pierce 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.
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.