Dr. Ann Benson
Benson launched her career by teaching home economics in her hometown of Coyle, Oklahoma. She served as curriculum specialist and assistant state director of ODCTE before being appointed state director in 1999. She led the initiative for basic skills integration in CareerTech courses to strengthen academic performance. In her first year as state director, she championed the system’s name change from vocational education to career and technology education to more accurately reflect how career and technology education is delivered.
Dr. Benson was inducted into the CareerTech Hall of Fame in 2005.