Meet Robert Torres

ACTE President-Elect

Region: V
Division: Agricultural Education

Occupation: Professor and department head

Employment History
University of Arizona: present; University of Missouri: 2002–2010; New Mexico State University: 1993–2002; The Ohio State University: 1990–93; Willcox Unified School District: 1986–1990

Ph.D., The Ohio State University; M.S., New Mexico State University; B.S., New Mexico State University

State ACTE Involvement
Arizona Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) member: 1986–1990, 2010–2020; Missouri ACTE member: 2002–2010; New Mexico ACTE member: 1993–2002; Ohio ACTE: 1990–93

Other CTE Involvement
Arizona CTE advisory committee member: 2010–14; Arizona CTE Skills Commission member: 2010–present; Arizona Agriculture Teachers Association member: 1986–1990, 2010–present; Arizona Agricultural Education/FFA Foundation board of trustees member: 2010–present

Platform Statement
I run on a platform of inclusivity and diversity, so that all members identify ACTE as a body of highly motivated professionals who desire to equip the next generation of graduates to become employed, with personal and professional skill sets and also with an entrepreneurial mindset. Toward this end, the CTE teacher must be the focus of ACTE. Through a suite of professional development opportunities that occur year-round through a variety of delivery modalities, ACTE can be part of the solution to the teacher skill-gap. My role, if elected will be to explore and enhance low cost, high quality and a variety of teacher and program development activities. Further, I would desire to explore the creation of teacher career ladders as a means of recognizing CTE teachers for their accomplishments and commitment to their skill areas, to teaching and program development, and to student success.

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