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Oklahoma CareerTech Educators Sweep National Awards

The four CareerTech educators from Oklahoma took top honors Nov. 19-21 at the National Association for Career and Technical Education Convention in Nashville.

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Bea Paul                                      Diane Bull

Mark AmericanHorse Stormie Roberson

Mark American Horse                      Stormie Roberson

Oklahoma’s ACTE award recipients are Teacher of the Year, H. Mark American Horse, Central Technology Center, Drumright; Outstanding Career and Technical Educator, Bea Paul, Autry Technology Center, Enid; Outstanding New Career and Technical Teacher, Stormie Roberson, Francis Tuttle Technology Center, Oklahoma City; and Outstanding Teacher in Community Service, Diane M. Bull, Ponca City Public Schools.

The ACTE is the largest national education association dedicated to the advancement of education that prepares youth and adults for careers.The purpose of the organization is to provide leadership in developing an educated, prepared, adaptable and competitive workforce.

Of the five national ACTE regions, Oklahoma is in Region IV, which also includes Arkansas, Louisiana, Texas, Mississippi and New Mexico.

“This is an incredible accomplishment for Oklahoma ACTE and ACTE Region IV,” said Patrick McGregor. McGregor is executive director of the Oklahoma ACTE. “These professionals are typical of all of the outstanding CareerTech educators in Oklahoma. We also are proud of the great job being done by Ed Melott from Metro Tech in Oklahoma City. Ed is currently serving as ACTE president.”

The ACTE Teacher of the Year award recognizes teachers who are providing outstanding career and technical education programs for youth and/or adults in their respective fields and communities. Recipients of this award must have made significant contributions toward innovative, unique and novel programs that are serving to improve and promote career and technical education.

ACTE’s Outstanding Career and Technical Educator is an educator, other than full-time classroom/laboratory teachers, who have recently provided or currently are providing significant contributions to professional associations and career and technical education programs for youth and/or adults in their fields, communities and/or states. Recipients of this award must have made significant contributions toward innovative, unique and novel programs; and/or improvement, promotion, research or development of programs of career and technical education.

The ACTE Outstanding Teacher in Community Service recognizes teachers with significant accomplishments and outstanding leadership in programs and activities that promote community involvement. Recipients of this award must have made significant contributions toward training, motivating, and inspiring their peers and students to become involved in programs and projects that benefit their communities.

The ACTE Outstanding New Career and Technical Teacher nominees must have taught for a minimum of three but not more than five years and must be new to the teaching profession, not just new to career and technical education. The award recognizes CareerTech educators, other than full-time classroom/laboratory teachers, who have recently provided or currently are providing significant contributions to professional associations and career and technical education programs for youth and/or adults in their fields, communities and/or states. Recipients of this award must have made significant contributions toward innovative, unique and novel programs; and/or improvement, promotion, research or development of programs of career and technical education.

The strength of the ACTE is reflected in its diverse membership.

“The national ACTE is comprised of nearly 30,000 career and technical educators, administrators, researchers, guidance counselors and others involved in planning and conducting career and technical education programs at the secondary, post-secondary and adult levels,” McGregor said.

Written by: Ann Houston

Publish Date: November 23, 2009

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