ACTE Announces Ohio Teacher as 2018 National Award Winner

December 7, 2017

Jarrod Nagurka,

ACTE Announces Ohio Teacher as 2018 National Award Winner

ALEXANDRIA, VA Today, the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) announced Stephanie Jolliff, Teacher of Ridgemont Schools in Mt. Victory, Ohio, as the recipient of the 2018 National ACTE Carl Perkins Community Service Award. This award recognizes individuals who have used CTE to make a significant impact on their community and demonstrated leadership in programs and activities that promote student involvement in community service.

Stephanie Jolliff has served as the Agriculture Instructor and FFA Advisor at Ridgemont Schools in Ohio since 2005, where she has coached students and teachers to create and engage in more than 1,800 hours of community service annually and has written over $250,000 in grants to conduct service projects. Projects designed by students under her tutelage include: free Summer Youth STEM Camps, Ohio Statewide Safe Driving Seminar, Summer Farm Safety Programs, Domestic Violence Prevention programming, Gardening for Hunger, Cancer Fundraising Walks, Community Technology Nights, Strategic Planning Design for Community Partners, and Agricultural Advocacy campaigns for local organizations and farmers. Stephanie has the unique ability to blend community service with academic pursuits, business and industrial innovation, says Emmy M. Beeson, Superintendent at Ridgemont Local Schools. She has an ability to envision to see what the future could be and how students will become better through community service.

Jolliff serves on the Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance Board of Directors, Ohio FFA Foundation Board of Directors, and is the past president of the Ohio Association of Agricultural Educators. Through these roles, Jolliff has built relationships that have allowed her to add velocity to community service projects. Community partners have described Jolliff as a servant leader invoking young people and adults to observe the needs of their community and take creative actions that are mutually beneficial. Her students have collaborated on projects with the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, Fuel Up To Play 60, and National FFA Living 2 Serve.Under Jolliff’s leadership, Ridgemont’s FFA chapter has been named the top chapter in Ohio five times and twice received national FFA recognition as a model of innovation. Jolliff has presented at countless institutes and conferences and been awarded numerous honors for educational leadership, including being named an Ohio Department of Agriculture Woman of the Year in 2012.

Jolliff was one of five finalists for the 2018 national title. The national winner was announced at theACTE Awards Banquet, a dinner and award presentation recognizing the best CTE educators in the country. The event took place on Wednesday evening, December 6, during ACTE’s CareerTech VISION 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. The Awards Banquet was sponsored by Express Employment Professionals, the US Army, CareerSafe, Stratasys, and International Baccalaureate. 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.