ACTE Excellence Awards


The ACTE Excellence Awards recognize those individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to CTE, programs that exemplify the highest standards and organizations that have conducted activities to promote and expand CTE programs. Award winners serve as inspirational leaders to ACTE: they embody the core values of serving their students and being committed to CTE. All ACTE Excellence Awards are presented at the ACTE Awards Banquet in conjunction with ACTE’s CareerTech VISION. 

2017 ACTE Awards Banquet  
December 6, 2017 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center
Nashville, TN
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At the 2017 Awards Banquet, ACTE will recognize the national finalists and winners of the
ACTE Excellence Awards:

ACTE Teacher of the Year
ACTE Career Guidance Award, sponsored by the U.S. Army
ACTE Administrator of the Year
ACTE Postsecondary Teacher of the Year
ACTE Carl Perkins Community Service Award
ACTE New Teacher of the Year
ACTE Lifetime Achievement Award
ACTE Business Leader of the Year
ACTE Business of the Year
ACTE Champion of the Year

In addition, the following awards will be presented at the event:

2017 CareerSafe Safety Educator of the Year, sponsored by CareerSafe
2017 ACTE Student Trophy Design Contest Winner, sponsored by Stratasys

If your business is interested in sponsoring the 2017 ACTE Awards Banquet please contact Jim Waterhouse


Awards Banquet Essentials

About the Awards Banquet: This dinner and awards presentation recognizes the best CTE educators in the country. The national winners and finalists of the Member Awards will be recognized, as well as the national Image Award winners.

When and Where:  Wednesday, December 6,2017, from 7:00-9:00 p.m. at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center during ACTE's CareerTech VISION 2017.

Cost: Admission is $75 per person. Register for the Banquet as part of your VISION registration or by calling 800-826-9972. National award winners and finalists do not pay the Banquet admission. Please note, award winners' guests will need to pay the $75 admission fee. The deadline to purchase tickets is November 17. Tickets will not be sold on site.

Attire: Business/dress attire. Wear something in which you would be comfortable being photographed.

Menu: Attendees can view the menu here.

If I'm an award winner, when should I be there? Award winners and presenters will be sent specific notifications/updates mid-September on the award winners' schedule.

2018 Member Award Finalists

The ACTE Member Awards recognize ACTE members for excellence and dedication within the field of CTE. National finalists represent the best in CTE and were selected as award recipients in their states and Regions.

Teacher of the Year, sponsored by Express Employment Professionals

Linda Romano    
Region I    
Newburgh. NY
Jill Johnson    
Region III    
St. Paul, MN
Jana McWhorter    
Region IV    
Bearden, AR
Sharon Metzger    
Region V    
Chandler, AZ

New Teacher of the Year

Keely DiTizio    
Region I    
Woodstown, NJ
Elizabeth Chambers
Region III    
Freeport, IL
Mary Helen Lett    
Region IV    
Brooklyn, MS
Sara Quintana    
Region V
Las Vegas, Nevada


Administrator of the Year

Tim L. Buschur    
Region I    
Columbus, OH
Michael Lehn    
Region III    
St. Cloud, MN
Donna McKethan  
Region IV    
Enid, OK
Jillian Johnson-Sharp  
Region V    
Surprise, AZ

Postsecondary Teacher of the Year

Tracy A Campbell    
Region I    
Mt. Victory, OH
Sally E. Arnett-Hartwick    
Region III    
Normal, IL
Dustin Hicks    
Region IV    
Stillwater, OK
Sheree Moser  
Region V    
Lincoln, NE

Career Guidance Award, sponsored by the US Army

Carrie Hanson    
Region III    
Alexandria, MN
Gay Johnson    
Region IV    
Waco, TX
Jan Fellow    
Region V    
Chandler, AZ

Carl Perkins Community Service Award

Stephanie Jolliff    
Region I    
Mt. Victory, OH
Tiffany Kauffman  
Region III    
Seymour, MO
Richard Stewart    
Region IV    
Stillwater, OK
Kelly Hoelting    
Region V    
Santa Ana, CA

Lifetime Achievement Award

Cathy Bither    
Region I    
Houlton, ME
Jeanette A. Karjala   Region III    
Winona, MN
Carol Colwell    
Region IV    
Roxanne L. Trees    
Region V    
Las Vegas, NV

Thank you sponsors!

The Excellence Awards program is sponsored by:


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