2021 National ACTE Teacher of the Year

December 3, 2020
Contact: Megan Kmiotek

ACTE Announces Oklahoma Law Enforcement Services Teacher as National Winner

ALEXANDRIA, VA Last night, the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) announced Amanda Eastridge-English, Law Enforcement Services Teacher in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, as the 2021 National ACTE Teacher of the Year. This award recognizes the finest career and technical education 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. The Teacher of the Year Award is sponsored by Express Employment Professionals. 

Amanda Eastridge-English is the Law Enforcement Services teacher on Metro Tech’s South Bryant Campus. She is a former police chief and patrol officer who brings 22 years of law enforcement experience and multiple industry certifications into the classroom, a place that she describes as her passion and calling. Through a partnership with the Oklahoma City Police Department, Eastridge-English’s diligence has contributed to countless stories of student success in their personal and professional lives. 

Eastridge-English is currently working with the Oklahoma State Legislature on furthering the mission of Career Tech thru the legislative process.  She was the recipient of the 2017 Partners for Progress Award and has served as the Trade & Industrial Education Association Parliamentarian, Secretary, Vice-President and is currently President-Elect.  

“The nominees for ACTE Teacher of the Year are an incredibly distinguished group of educators who are inspiring the next generation to rise up and fill the skills gap in the current workforce,” said Bill Stoller, Express CEO and chairman of the board. “I extend my congratulations and appreciation to this year’s honorees, as they all continue to embrace innovative teaching methods that will develop the up-and-coming leaders of tomorrow.”

Eastridge-English is one of five finalists for the 2021 national title. The national winner will be announced at the ACTE Virtual Awards Galathe first virtual award presentation recognizing the best CTE educators in the country. The event will take place on Wednesday evening, December 4, during ACTE’s CareerTech Virtual VISION 2020. The Awards Gala is sponsored by Express Employment Professionals, Goodheart-WillcoxCareerSafe, 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.