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ACTE Announces District of Columbia CTE Director as National Award Finalist

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September 15, 2021

Contact: Megan Kmiotek

mkmiotek@acteonline.org

 

ACTE Announces District of Columbia CTE Director as National Award Finalist

 

ALEXANDRIA, VA—Today, the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) announced Clifton Martin, CTE Director at District of Columbia Public Schools located in Washington, D.C., as the 2021 ACTE Region I Administrator of The Year. This award recognizes administrative career and technical education (CTE) professionals at the school, district, county, state or federal level who have demonstrated leadership in ensuring teacher and student success and have made significant contributions toward innovative, unique and effective career and technical education programs.

 

Clifton Martin is a CTE Director with over 20 years of experience in career and technical education (CTE). Currently, Martin is responsible leading a small team of six, within District of Columbia Schools (DCPS), and he is constantly setting the standard for CTE within the District. Martin has been an engineer for NASA and after a few years, he transitioned to education. Martin has been a teacher, school  administrator, and state accountability coordinator during his time in CTE. Martin is a proud Baltimore native and Morgan State alum. He has served in the Baltimore and DC communities. Martin is a dynamic leader that leaves most people inspired and excited about the work that needs to be done for students.

 

Martin is one of five finalists for the 2022 national title. The national winner will be announced at the virtual ACTE Awards Gala an award presentation recognizing the best CTE educators in the country. The event will take place on Tuesday, November 30 at 5:00 p.m. ET.  The Virtual Awards Gala is sponsored by Express Employment Professionals, Goodheart-Willcox and Stratasys. For more information about the ACTE Excellence Awards, visit our webpage.

 

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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.

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ACTE Announces Kentucky Family and Consumer Science Teacher as National Award Finalist

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September 30, 2021

Contact: Megan Kmiotek

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ACTE Announces Kentucky Family and Consumer Science Teacher as National Award Finalist

 

ALEXANDRIA, VA—Today, the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) announced Lauren Williams, Family and Consumer Science Teacher at McCracken County High School in Paducah, Kentucky, as the recipient of the 2021 ACTE Region II Carl Perkins Community Service Award. This award recognizes individuals who have used career and technical education (CTE) to make a significant impact on their community and demonstrated leadership in programs and activities that promote student involvement in community service.

 

Lauren Williams is a veteran teacher at McCracken County High School in Paducah, KY.  She works tirelessly for her students and the club she advises, Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA). As a family and consumer sciences teacher, Williams teaches classes that guide students through life. She teaches the courses: parenting, relationships, early lifespan development, child development services I & II. Through these classes, students are able to earn three career certifications that give students the opportunity to go directly into the workforce after high school at a daycare facility.  Not only does Williams make these rigorous courses fun to learn, but her dedication to FCCLA shows her true passion for her job.

 

Williams is one of five finalists for the 2022 national title. The national winner will be announced at the virtual ACTE Awards Gala, an award presentation recognizing the best CTE educators in the country. The virtual event will take place on November 30 at 5:00 p.m. ET. The virtual Awards Gala is sponsored by Express Employment Professionals, Goodheart-Willcox and Stratasys. For more information about the ACTE Excellence Awards, visit our webpage.

 

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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.

ACTE Announces Kentucky Associate Professor as National Award Finalist

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September 30, 2021

Contact: Megan Kmiotek

mkmiotek@acteonline.org

 

ACTE Announces Kentucky Associate Professor as National Award Finalist

 

ALEXANDRIA, VA — Today, the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) announced Kimberly Bellah, associate professor at Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky, as the 2021 ACTE Region II Teacher Educator of the Year. This award recognizes teacher educators who have demonstrated innovation in teacher education, leadership in improving career and technical education (CTE), and commitment to preparing teachers to deliver high-quality CTE programs.

 

Kimberly Bellah is an associate professor of agricultural education for the Hutson School of Agriculture at Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky. She has served on the faculty as the lead agricultural teacher educator since 2011. During this time, she also advises the Collegiate FFA Chapter and serves as the contact for myriad service events for advisors and members in FFA in Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana, and Tennessee.

 

Before moving to Kentucky, Bellah was an associate professor of agricultural education at Tarleton State University in Stephenville, Texas, where she was also an interim department chair for Human Sciences. She also served as a lecturer in the Agricultural Education and Communication Department at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, and as the California Department of Education’s Professional and Curriculum Development Coordinator for Agricultural Education. She earned her doctoral degree at the University of Florida in agricultural education and communication, and her bachelor and master’s degrees from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.

 

Bellah is one of five finalists for the 2022 national title. The national winner will be announced at the virtual ACTE Awards Gala, an award presentation recognizing the best CTE educators in the country. The event will take place on November 30 at 5:00 p.m. ET. The virtual Awards Gala is sponsored by Express Employment Professionals, Goodheart-Willcox and Stratasys. For more information about the ACTE Excellence Awards, visit our webpage.

 

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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.

ACTE Announces Kentucky Associate Professor, Director of Career and Technical Education as National Award Finalist

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 30, 2021

Contact: Megan Kmiotek

mkmiotek@acteonline.org

 

ACTE Announces Kentucky Associate Professor, Director of Career and Technical Education as National Award Finalist

 

ALEXANDRIA, VA—Today, the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) announced Kemaly Parr, Associate Professor, Director of Career and Technical Education at Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky, as the 2021 ACTE Region II Postsecondary Teacher of the Year. This award recognizes the finest career and technical teachers at the postsecondary level who have demonstrated innovation in the classroom, commitment to their students and dedication to the improvement of career and technical education (CTE) in their institution and communities.

 

Kemaly Parr is an associate professor in the Murray State University College of Education and Human Services Department of Adolescent, Career, and Special Education. Parr also serves as the Director of Career and Technical Education at Murray State. Parr received her doctoral degree from Auburn University in 2013. Prior to transitioning into education, she served as a dental hygienist in Oklahoma, Georgia and Tennessee.

 

Parr is one of five finalists for the 2022 national title. The national winner will be announced at the virtual ACTE Awards Gala, an award presentation recognizing the best CTE educators in the country. The virtual event will take place on November 30 at 5:00 p.m. ET. The virtual Awards Gala is sponsored by Express Employment Professionals, Goodheart-Willcox and Stratasys. For more information about the ACTE Excellence Awards, visit our webpage.

 

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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.

ACTE Announces South Carolina Work Based Learning Coordinator as National Award Finalist

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September 30, 2021

Contact: Megan Kmiotek

mkmiotek@acteonline.org

 

ACTE Announces South Carolina Work Based Learning Coordinator as National Award Finalist

 

ALEXANDRIA, VA—Today, the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) announced Kelli Lancaster, Work Based Learning Coordinator for Anderson Districts 1&2 Career & Technology Center in Williamston, South Carolina, as the recipient of the 2021 ACTE Region II Counseling and Career Guidance Professional Award. This award recognizes school counselors and career development professionals who have demonstrated commitment to connecting students with opportunities for success, shown innovation in career exploration and development, and have advocated for career and technical education (CTE) as a viable option for all students.

 

Kelli Lancaster has been involved with Career and Technology education for 29 years. She was a media broadcasting instructor for 20 years before taking the role of the Work-Based Learning Coordinator with the Anderson Districts 1 & 2 Career & Technology Center in Williamston, SC.

 

Lancaster is a graduate of the University of South Carolina with a BS in Business Management and her M.Ed. She received her National Board Certification Career and Technical Education in 2003. Lancaster was chosen as the 2018 Pendleton Region Career Specialist of the Year, 2018 South Carolina Career Specialist of the Year and the 2018 Anderson County Instructor of the Year. She holds a certification in CSP and GCDF. She has implemented the Microburst Learning EmployABILITY Soft Skills to all 20 programs at her career center and has completed the Master Certification Training Program through Microburst Learning.

 

Lancaster is one of five finalists for the 2022 national title. The national winner will be announced at the virtual ACTE Awards Gala, an award presentation recognizing the best CTE educators in the country. The virtual event will take place on November 30 at 5:00 p.m. ET. The virtual Awards Gala is sponsored by Express Employment Professionals, Goodheart-Willcox and Stratasys. For more information about the ACTE Excellence Awards, visit our webpage.

 

 

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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.

ACTE Announces Kentucky Agriculture Educator as National Award Finalist

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 30, 2021

Contact: Megan Kmiotek

mkmiotek@acteonline.org

 

ACTE Announces Kentucky Agriculture Educator as National Award Finalist

 

ALEXANDRIA, VA—Today, the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) announced Margaret Ashley Rogers, Agriculture Educator, FFA Advisor at Nicholas County Middle/High School in Carlisle, Kentucky, as the 2021 ACTE Region II New Teacher of the Year. This award recognizes new career and technical education (CTE) teachers who have made significant contributions toward innovative and unique CTE programs and shown a professional commitment early in their careers.

 

Rogers is a 6-year agricultural educator at Nicholas County High School. When hired, the program had on average 60-65 students enrolled in Agricultural Courses out of 514 students 7-12th grades. Since that time, her two-teacher department has grown the program to over 185 students enrolled in agricultural education courses with over 120 members involved in the FFA organization. In the agricultural education program, 98% of graduating seniors are Career Ready through Rogers’ program because of their passing rates on the End of Program assessment and industry certifications. With her co-teacher, Cameron Earlywine, they founded a middle school program to complement their high school program. During Rogers’ short tenure, the program has had numerous FFA state winners, and Top 10 National Finishers. The Nicholas County Agricultural Education program has raised significant funds through grants and events to utilize to better education and provide scholarship opportunities.

 

Rogers currently serves as a National Agriscience Teacher Ambassador, National Association of Agricultural Educators National By-Laws and Policies Secretary, Kentucky Association of Agricultural Educators Scholarship Committee Chairman, and Kentucky Association of Agricultural Educators Region 4 Meeting Planning Committee member. Within her school, she serves as the Agricultural Education Co-Op coordinator, Greenhouse Coordinator, Chairman of the Efficiency committee, Co-lead Class Sponsor of the Class of 2022, SBDM Council Elections coordinator, Trauma and Resilience Team Member, Local District Facility Planning Committee Election Coordinator, SBDM Secretary, and a Substitute Bus Driver. Through her work she has earned the National Association of Agricultural Educators Region 4 Early Career Teacher, Kentucky Association of Agricultural Educators Outstanding Early Career Teacher of the Year and the Teachers Turn the Key award.

 

Rogers is one of five finalists for the 2022 national title. The national winner will be announced at the virtual ACTE Awards Gala, an award presentation recognizing the best CTE educators in the country. The event will take place on November 30 at 5:00 p.m. ET. The virtual Awards Gala is sponsored by Express Employment Professionals, Goodheart-Willcox and Stratasys. For more information about the ACTE Excellence Awards, visit our webpage.

 

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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.

ACTE Announces North Carolina Director as National Award Finalist

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September 30, 2021

Contact: Megan Kmiotek

mkmiotek@acteonline.org

 

ACTE Announces North Carolina Director as National Award Finalist

 

ALEXANDRIA, VA—Today, the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) announced Daryle Adams, Ed.S, Director of Secondary Education, CTE for Kannapolis City Schools in Kannapolis, North Carolina, as the 2021 ACTE Region II Administrator of the Year. This award recognizes administrative career and technical education (CTE) professionals at the school, district, county, state or federal level in the 11 states and Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and the Bahamas, in Region II. The nominees from each state must have demonstrated outstanding leadership in ensuring teacher and student success and have made significant contributions toward innovative, unique and effective CTE programs.

 

Daryle Adams moved to Atlanta, Georgia from St. Thomas, USVI to attend college at Emory University where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science. After working as an intern in his Congressman from the USVI’s district office he decided to pursue a social science education degree from the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, IA. With an education degree in hand, he returned to Atlanta to teach social studies.

 

After ten years in Atlanta, Adams relocated to North Carolina in 2005 where he taught in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School System before finally settling in Kannapolis where he was selected as KSC’s Teacher of the Year in 2010. While in Kannapolis he earned his master’s degree in Administration from Wingate University and now holds an Ed.S in Leadership from the same institution. Since obtaining his administration degree he transitioned from classroom teacher to high school administrator. Today, he currently serves as Kannapolis City School’s Director of Secondary Education, CTE.

 

Adams is one of five finalists for the 2022 national title. The national winner will be announced at the virtual ACTE Awards Gala, an award presentation recognizing the best CTE educators in the country. The event will take place on November 30 at 5:00 p.m. ET. The virtual Awards Gala is sponsored by Express Employment Professionals, Goodheart-Willcox and Stratasys. For more information about the ACTE Excellence Awards, visit our webpage.

 

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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.

ACTE Announces North Carolina Career Coach as National Award Finalist

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 30, 2021

Contact: Megan Kmiotek

mkmiotek@acteonline.org

 

ACTE Announces North Carolina Career Coach as National Award Finalist

 

ALEXANDRIA, VA—Today, the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) announced Bena Weires, Career Coach for Carteret Community College in Morehead City, North Carolina, as the recipient of the 2021 ACTE Region II Lifetime Achievement Award. This award recognizes career and technical education (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. At the virtual Awards Gala, ACTE will be inducting all five Lifetime Achievement national finalists into the ACTE Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame honors the leadership of CTE professionals who have made enduring contributions to CTE throughout their career.

Bena Weires obtained a BS and MS in Family and Consumer Science Education at East Carolina University and began teaching FACS in the NC public school system in 1977. Teaching middle and high school, she has championed students in Career and Technical Education at all levels. She served on several curriculum writing teams, including Exploring Life Skills and Exploring Career Decisions. Weires worked with her CTE Director to write a Gender Equity grant in the 1990’s and began summer programs promoting STEM careers to middle school girls. Even after funding was completed, the summer STEM academies were so popular that a local donor was secured and the academies transitioned over to GEMS, Girls engaged in Science and Math. When the state of North Carolina began the NC Teacher Academy initiative in 1996, Weires was asked to serve as a trainer.  She led week-long residential summer seminars in Curriculum Integration, Learning Styles, Multiple Intelligence, and Children of Poverty.  Weires was able to share her passion for helping students and her beliefs in the importance of career and technical education with other educators throughout the state.

 

In 1998, Weires began working with Career and Technical Education students through the WIOA program and as a career development specialist. Again, her passion for helping an under-served population showed, as she championed “her WIOA youth”, arranging for tutoring sessions, leadership activities and meaningful work-based learning experiences. Many of her former students keep in contact with her still.

 

Upon retirement from the public-school system, Weires joined the NC Community College system as a part-time career coach.  While at Carteret Community College, she implemented a Dress for Success Closet, for students needing interview appropriate clothing and also implemented a Career and Technical Expo to expose middle and high school students to local college and career options.

 

Weires is one of five finalists for the 2022 national title. The national winner will be announced at the virtual ACTE Awards Gala, an award presentation recognizing the best CTE educators in the country. The event will take place virtually on November 30 at 5:00 p.m. ET. The virtual Awards Gala is sponsored by Express Employment Professionals, Goodheart-Willcox and Stratasys. For more information about the ACTE Excellence Awards, visit our webpage.

 

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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

ACTE Announces South Carolina Law Enforcement Services Instructor as National Award Finalist

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September 30, 2021

Contact: Megan Kmiotek

mkmiotek@acteonline.org

 

ACTE Announces South Carolina Law Enforcement Services Instructor as

National Award Finalist

 

ALEXANDRIA, VA—Today, the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) announced Debbie Rowell, Law Enforcement Services Instructor at Lancaster County School District Career Center in Lancaster, South Carolina, as the 2021 ACTE Region II 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.

 

Debbie Rowell has been teaching Law Enforcement Services since its inception in the Lancaster County School District in 2004. Before that, Rowell worked for the FBI. She is a graduate of the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor of Science in criminal justice and a minor in psychology and a master’s degree in criminal justice with a focus in law enforcement administration. Rowell is currently working towards her PhD in criminal justice from Liberty University.

 

Rowell is one of five finalists for the 2022 national title. The national winner will be announced at the virtual ACTE Awards Gala, an award presentation recognizing the best CTE educators in the country. The virtual event will take place on November 30 at 5:00 p.m. ET. The virtual Awards Gala is sponsored by Express Employment Professionals, Goodheart-Willcox and Stratasys. For more information about the ACTE Excellence Awards, visit our webpage.

 

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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.

ACTE Announces 2022 National Award Finalists

UPDATED: September 29, 2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 15, 2021

Contact: Jori Houck
jhouck@acteonline.org

ACTE Announces 2022 National Award Finalists

ALEXANDRIA, VA—Today, the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) announced its 2022 national finalists in eight different award categories. Finalists were announced for Teacher of the Year, Postsecondary Teacher of the Year, Administrator of the Year, New Teacher of the Year, Teacher Educator of the Year, Counseling and Career Development Professional Award, Lifetime Achievement and Carl Perkins Community Service Awards.

The national winner will be announced at the virtual ACTE Awards Gala, an award presentation recognizing the best CTE educators in the country. The event will take place on November 30 at 5:00 p.m. ET. The Awards Gala is sponsored by Express Employment Professionals, Goodheart-Willcox and Stratasys. For more information about the ACTE Excellence Awards, visit our webpage.

 

Teacher of the Year Award

John Lockhart–Lost Creek, WV–Region I

Debbie Rowell–Lancaster, SC–Region II

Luke Becker–Braham, MN–Region III

Sherri Gleaves–Oklahoma City, OK–Region IV

Laura Miller–Junction City, KS–Region V

 

Postsecondary Teacher of the Year Award

Kemaly Parr–Murray, KY–Region II

Sarah LaRose–West Lafayette, IN–Region III

Matthew Shannon–Tulsa, OK–Region IV

Ben Hamlett–Twin Falls, ID–Region V

 

Administrator of the Year Award

Clifton Martin–Washington, DC–Region I

Daryle Adams, Ed.S–Kannapolis, NC–Region II

Dave Rockers–Joplin, MO–Region III

Wendy Suzanne Kelly–Purvis, MS–Region IV

Shani Watkins–Bremerton, WA–Region V

 

New Teacher of the Year Award

Elizabeth Wise–Bay City, MI–Region I

Margaret Ashley Rogers–Carlisle, KY–Region II

Breanne Brammer–Salisbury, MO–Region III

Tiauna Young–Pea Ridge, AR–Region IV

Miranda Bright–Crete, NE–Region V

 

Teacher Educator of the Year Award

Nick Beykirch–Ewing, NJ–Region I

Kimberly Bellah–Murray, KY–Region II

Brad Greiman–St. Paul, MN–Region III

Sheri Deaton–Fayetteville, AR–Region IV

Natalie Hancock–Provo, UT–Region V

 

Counseling and Career Development Professional Award

Kelli Lancaster–Williamston, SC–Region II

Lisa Miller–Cambridge, IL–Region III

Kelly Powers–Oklahoma City, OK–Region IV

Heather Webb–Surprise, AZ–Region V

 

Lifetime Achievement Award

Frank Yesalavich–Wayne, NJ–Region I

Bena Weires–Morehead City, NC–Region II

Robert Arthur-Fleming Lowe–St. Paul, MN–Region III

Saundra Grimshaw-Castillo–Las Cruces, NM–Region IV

John Mulcahy–Glendale, AZ–Region V

 

Carl Perkins Community Service Award

Sara Plozay–Piqua, OH–Region I

Lauren Williams–Paducah, KY–Region II

Jeff Maierhofer–Seneca, IL–Region III

Tammy Balliet–Oklahoma City, OK–Region IV

Richard McPherson–Rio Rico, AZ–Region V

Note: National finalists from Region II will be announced after the Region II conference on September 24-25.

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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.

ACTE Announces Minnesota Director of Career and Technical Education Pathways as National Award Finalist

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 15, 2021

Contact: Megan Kmiotek

mkmiotek@acteonline.org

 

 

ACTE Announces Minnesota Director of Career and Technical Education Pathways as National Award Finalist

 

ALEXANDRIA, VA—Today, the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) announced Robert Arthur-Fleming Lowe, Director of Career and Technical Education Pathways of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities in St. Paul, Minnesota, as the recipient of the 2021 ACTE Region III Lifetime Achievement Award. This award recognizes career and technical education (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. ACTE will be inducting all five Lifetime Achievement national finalists into the ACTE Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame honors the leadership of CTE professionals who have made enduring contributions to CTE throughout their career.

 

Robert Arthur-Fleming Lowe has had a long career spanning over thirty-five years in Career and Technical Education (CTE).  During this time, he has had numerous roles ranging from a vocational rehabilitation counselor to high school case manager/ supervisor; from Perkins consortium director to college and university professor; from college counselor to state system director of CTE pathways. Lowe has over five years of experience with Community-Based Organizations, 15 years of secondary experience at St. Paul Public Schools, and over 17 years of postsecondary experience at Normandale Community College and the Minnesota State Colleges and University System Office – CTE Unit working with 32 different two-year colleges.

 

Lowe is one of five finalists for the 2022 national title. The national winner will be announced at the virtual ACTE Awards Gala, an award presentation recognizing the best CTE educators in the country. The virtual event will take place on November 30, 2021, at 5:00 p.m. ET. The Virtual Awards Gala is sponsored by Express Employment Professionals, Goodheart-Willcox and Stratasys. For more information about the ACTE Excellence Awards, visit our webpage.

 

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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.