AACTE Annual Awards Program

Each year the Association recognizes deserving educators, programs, and community members who have made a significant contribution to career & technical education. Nominations may be made by any AACTE member during the annual fall nomination period. The awards are presented at the annual fall Professional Development Conference

If you have questions, contact Awards Chair Jane Bulovsky at jane.bulovsky@matsuk12.us or  907-861-5500

Previous Winners          Award Process and Criteria

2013-2014 AACTE Award Winners

Outstanding New CTE Teacher of the Year


This year’s winner as AACTE’s Outstanding New CTE Teacher of the Year, sponsored by the Alaska Business-Education Compact is Patrick Roach!

Those who nominated Patrick Roach had the following to say about him:

“Many areas of Mr. Roach’s teaching practices impress me, but it is his overall dedication to the craft and his tireless resourcefulness that make me aware of why students are attracted to his program.  From cooking, to growing fresh herbs, to making yogurt the natural way, his creativity and ability to engage students in this area of art is worthy of the Outstanding New CTE Teacher of the Year.”

“I have worked closely with Career and Technical Education for over 30 years. In all of that time I have never observed a CTE teacher generate as much interest in a class, in such a short amount of time, as Mr. Roach has in Culinary Arts at Thunder Mountain High School.”

Congratulations Patrick!

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Industrial/Technology Teacher of the Year


This year’s winner as AACTE’s Industrial/Technology Teacher of the Year, sponsored by the Alaska Construction Academies is Colin Dukes

Those who nominated Colin Dukes had the following to say about him:

“I came across a zebrawood and what appears to be padauk table, noticed that it was from JDHS and followed the link to your program’s furniture pictures.  I was impressed. Seriously impressed.  The pieces look technically excellent.  The woodworking is quality and the engineering looks solid.  That’s a sign of quality instruction.  We need more teachers like you.”

“Colin provides staff leadership in how a strong career and technical program can be a model of applied learning showcasing literacy, math, and science skills in meaningful projects and instruction. He builds writing and vocabulary skills into his daily lessons, posts word of the day challenges, and tests students to apply their math skills as they construct projects in creative woods, construction, and CAD classes.  He customizes classroom learning to meet student needs and teams with colleagues to create classroom projects and build student engagement in meaningful learning.”

Congratulations Collin!

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Community Contribution Award


This year’s winner as AACTE’s Community Contribution Award, sponsored by Goldstream Group, is Justin Fantasia.

Those who nominated Justin Fantasia had the following to say about him:

“For the past four school years, he has overseen every aspect of the construction of four affordable houses with the aid of cadres of Juneau Douglas High School students. This program has created connections between the Juneau Housing Trust, SAGA, JDHS, the Juneau International Brotherhood of Electricians, the Juneau Plumber & Pipefitters Union, the Alaska Home Builders Association, and the City & Borough of Juneau’s Planning Department.”

“Justin’s impact on the home building program and student education has been immeasurable to say the least.  While working with students Justin has acted as a mentor, helping them transition into the construction field following high school and outside of his work with the high school he eagerly shares his knowledge and experience to improve the building industry.”

Congratulations Justin!


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Health Services Teacher of the Year


This year’s winner as AACTE’s Outstanding Health Services Teacher of the Year, sponsored by Alaska’s Area Health Education Center (AHEC), is Kari Managle.

Those who nominated Kari Monagle had the following to say about her:

 “She is among the best teachers that I have ever had because of her honest dedication to her students and their learning.  She is extremely knowledgeable in the medical field and keeps her classes interesting by mixing up the way she teaches.  Deadlines, being on time to class, and classroom etiquette are priorities in all of her classes which urges all of her student to practice important life skills.”

The success of our school’s Health Careers, Med Terms, and Anatomy/Physiology classes is due entirely to her hard work. These classes ensure that our students get actual observational and work experience in the field of Health science.  The coordination with local Health professionals to make the field assignments required of her Health Careers class possible has required an immense amount of work and skill on her part.”

Congratulations Kari!

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Outstanding CTE Administrator of the Year


This year’s winner as AACTE’s Outstanding CTE Administrator of the Year, sponsored by CORE, Inc. is Dan Bohrnsen.  

Those who nominated Dan Bohrnsen had the following to say about him:

“One of Dan’s greatest accomplishments as our Career and Technical Education/Workforce Development Coordinator over the past five years has been a 21% increase in new CTE class offerings (39 additional offerings).  Through Dan’s vision we have been able to accomplish this by increasing our distance/online CTE class offerings and by utilization of what we call “fractional CTE class offerings.””

“His tireless efforts in aligning curriculum to national standards, building industry partnerships, furthering awareness of CTE programs for all stakeholders, and increasing offerings and enrollments in CTE courses across our vast and diverse district have all contributed to the success of our program.  Yet even with these director-level activities, you may still find Dan sitting down to discuss pathways and offerings of interest with an individual student.”

Congratulations Dan!

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Leadership Award

This year’s winner as AACTE’s Leadership Award, sponsored by UAS School of Career Education, is Cathy LeCompte.

Those who nominated Cathy LeCompte had the following to say about her:

“I think her greatest contribution to CTE in Alaska has been as an advocate for recognition of a systematic approach to the investment in Career and Technical Education by the state, university, training centers, school districts, students and teachers.  Each of these stakeholders has specific roles and responsibilities that Cathy has not been afraid to address to decision makers at every level.  With professional development as a driving source of continuous improvement.”

“Cathy is one of our best CTE advocates in the state! She embraces collaborative work, building upon each other’s and system strengths.  She has boundless enthusiasm and energizes all those who engage in our shared efforts through her can-do spirit and ease of engaging and helping others realize what is possible as an individual and a team!”

Congratulations Cathy!

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Promising Practices Award

This year’s winner as AACTE’s Promising Practices Award sponsored by Anchorage Marriott Downtown is Peggy Bruno.

Those who nominated Peggy Bruno had the following to say about her:

“Ms. Bruno serves the Yukon-Koyukuk School District as a high school generalist teacher.  Her enthusiasm, innovativeness, and genuine concern for students are exemplary.  Through the Career and Technical Education courses she teachers, Ms. Bruno engages students in activities that enable them to apply what they learn so they fully understand the interconnectedness and usefulness of the acquired knowledge.”

“Ms. Bruno has focused time and energy collaborating with our district’s CTE Coordinator and the University of Alaska to develop a Basic Husbandry for Veterinary Science course.  Through this course, students were introduced to small and large animals. They were given opportunities to work alongside veterinarians during an experience in Fairbanks. They also worked with local kennels and learned how to care for and manage canines in all aspects including nutrition, handling of the animals, disease management and shelter.”

Congratulations Peggy!

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Congratulations to all of our winners this year!  Thank you for attending the awards ceremony and luncheon!  We will now ask all winners to step outside in the hallway for individual and group photos.  We will start the business meeting shortly.  Thank you.

Award Process and Criteria

Nominations may be made by any AACTE member during the annual fall nomination period. The requirements for a complete nomination are as follows: 

  • Submit the name(s) of the person, team, or program
  • Identify the award nominated for (see categories below)
  • Three letters of recommendation

Award Categories for individuals are:

Outstanding CTE Teacher of the Year
This nominee needs to meet the criteria for ACTE Region V Teacher of the Year.
• Candidates are currently employed as full-time classroom/laboratory teachers in a career and technical education program other than at the baccalaureate level.

  • Contributions and achievements on which the nomination is based should have been made within the past ten years.
  • The nominee should have been involved in some capacity for ACTE at the regional and/or national level.
  • The nominee must have been a member of ACTE and AACTE for at least the past five consecutive years.

If these preliminary criteria are met, the nominee will be evaluated on the same criteria as the other Teacher of the Year nominees. They are:

  • Outstanding New (1-3 years) CTE Teacher of the Year
  • Industrial/Technology Teacher of the Year
  • Business/Information Technology Teacher of the Year
  • Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher of the Year
  • Health Services Teacher of the Year
  • Hospitality/Tourism Teacher of the Year

_____ (8) Positive impact on students
_____ (3) Connections—teacher’s effort strengthens students’ connections to the work place
_____ (3) Recognized by peers as representing excellence in the career and technical classroom
_____ (2) CTSOs are an integral part of the program
_____ (2) AACTE member
_____ (2) Public recognition—teacher contributes to building a positive view of career and technical education


CTE Administrator of the Year
_____ (8) Vision—understands the goals and mission of Career and Technical Education
_____ (6) Connections—builds CTE connections between students and their next steps
(employment or post-secondary education)
_____ (3) Recognized by teachers and staff as representing excellence in promoting CTE
______(3) Longevity of service—accomplishments have been sustained over time
 
Award categories for individuals or programs are

Community Contribution Award (The recipient(s) may or may not be professional educators)
_____ (7) Impact—their contribution made a difference to career and technical education
_____ (7) Connections—their effort strengthens the school’s connection to the workplace
_____ (4) Effort—especially as outside their professional duties
_____ (2) Longevity—their contribution has been sustained over time
 
Leadership Award (The recipient(s) may or may not be professional educators)
_____ (8) Professional contribution—their efforts have improved our profession
_____ (6) Vision—nominee provides leadership to our profession
_____ (4) Effort—dedicated energy towards improvement of career and technical education
_____ (2) Longevity of service—accomplishments have been sustained over time
 
Promising Practices Award (The recipient(s) may or may not be professional educators)
_____ (7) Partnership—ties to academics, community, other training providers or post-secondary have been established.
_____ (7) Promising practices—program development represents a best practice, established through research and consultation.
_____ (2) Vision—program has ties to current and future economic and labor market needs
_____ (2) Longevity—plans have been made for growth and sustainability beyond start up process
_____ (2) Professionalism—efforts of all individuals involved have contributed to positive peer and public recognition


Previous Award Winners

  2012-2013 AACTE Award Winners

  • Outstanding New CTE Teacher of the Year
 - Jeanette Johnson, Health Sciences teacher at Hutchison High School, Fairbanks North Star Borough School District
  • Industrial/Technology Teacher of the Year
 - Ken Phillips, Buckland School, Northwest Arctic Borough School District
  • Business/ Information Technology Teacher of the Year
 - Amy Riddle, Mat-Su Career Tech High School, Mat-Su Borough School District
  • Health Services Teacher of the Year
 - Shawnie Glenn, Mat-Su Career Tech High School, Mat-Su Borough School District
  • CTE Administrator of the Year - Lou Pondolfino, King Career Center, Anchorage School District
  • CTE Community Contribution Award
 - Chris Wilson of Subway, Anchorage
  • CTE Leadership Award - 
Carol Comeau, Superintendent, Anchorage School District
  • CTE Promising Practices Award
 - Alaska Health Academy, Anchorage

2011-2012 AACTE Award Winners

  • Outstanding New CTE Teacher of the Year
 - Dan Brenner, Bartlett High School, Anchorage
  • Industrial/Technology Teacher of the Year
 - Gary Martin, Gruening Middle School, Anchorage
  • Business/ Information Technology Teacher of the Year
 - Tina Arend, Mears Middle School, Anchorage
  • Health Services Teacher of the Year
 - Yvette Stone, Bartlett High School, Anchorage
  • Hospitality/Tourism Teacher of the Year - 
Carolyn Frey, Mat-Su Career and Technical High School, Wasilla

  • CTE Administrator of the Year - 
Mike Henry, Exec. Director of High Schools, Anchorage

  • CTE Community Contribution Award
 - Chris Wilson of Subway, Anchorage

2010-2011 AACTE Award Winners

  • Outstanding New CTE Teacher of the Year - Lacey Rucker, MSBSD, Mat-Su Career & Technical High School - Business/IT Instructor
  • Industrial Technology Teacher of the Year - Anthony Cavan, KIBSD, Kodiak High School
  • Business/Information Technology Teacher of the Year - Lori Miller, ASD, Gruening Middle School
  • Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher of the Year - Cindy Campbell, ASD King Career Center
  • Health Services Teacher of the Year - Shawn Marie Carpenter, KGBSD, Ketchikan High School
  • CTE Leadership Award - Barbara Bolson, Kodiak College, UA - Director
  • CTE Administrator of the Year - Ben Eveland, MSBSD, Mat-Su Career & Technical High School - Principal

2009-2010 AACTE Award Winners

  • Outstanding New CTE Teacherof the Year - James Smith, Anchorage Goldenview Middle School
  • Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher - 
Darcy Glagolich, Kodiak High School
  • CTE Administrator
 - Jeanette Hayden, Fairbanks Hutchison High School
  • CTE Community Contribution Award
 - Dave Rees, Alaska Workforce Investment Board,
Alaska Business Education Compact, and BP retired
  • CTE Leadership Award
 - Ray DePriest, Mat-Su Borough School District

2008-2009 AACTE Award Winners

  • Outstanding New CTE Teacher of the Year-Chef Kellie Puff
  • Industrial/Technology Teacher of the Year - Chris Yelverton
  • CTE Administrator of the Year - Carrie Fleischhacker
  • CTE Community Contribution Award - Linda Menard
  • CTE Leadership Award - Una Kernodle
  • CTE Leadership Award - Kathy Andrews
  • CTE Promising Practices Award - Cynthia Jacobsen

2007-2008 AACTE Award Winners

  • Outstanding New CTE Teacher of the Year - Dan Trotter, district-wide welding teacher for the Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District.
  • Outstanding CTE Teacher of the Year - Trish Zugg, the Cisco instructor at the Mat-Su Career & Technical High School.
  • Industrial/Technology Teacher of the Year - Dave Brown of Wrangell High School.
  • Health Services Teacher of the Year - Barbara Fuller of Anchorage.
  • Business/IT Teacher of the Year - Leha Uehling from the Anchorage School District.
  • Family & Consumer Sciences Teacher of the Year - Cheryl Hembree of Anchorage.
  • Hospitality/Tourism Teacher of the Year - Kathy Vik of Anchorage.
  • CTE Administrator of the Year - Guy Okada, principal of the King Career Center.
  • CTE Promising Practices Award - Brad Gillespie, Department of Labor and Workforce Development, Employment Services Division, Regional Manager, State of Alaska.
  • CTE Leadership Award — Gary Gaard of Anchorage.
  • CTE Leadership Award — Bob Johnson and Mat-Su School Board
  • CTE Leadership Award — Dr. Sally Spieker, Community & Technical College, UAA.
  • CTE Community Contribution Award - Dick Cattanach of Associated General Contractors.

2006-2007 AACTE Award Winners

  • Outstanding New CTE Teacher of the Year - Chef Jack Nurmi, King Career Center, Anchorage
  • Business/Information Technology Teacher of the Year - R. C. Fisher, Hiland Mountain Correctional Center, Eagle River
  • Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher of the Year - Tressa Whitten, Romig Middle School, Anchorage
  • Health Sciences Teacher of the Year - Nancy Cavanaugh, Sitka High School
  • Hospitality/Tourism Teacher of the Year - Rebecca Jesse, East High School, Anchorage
  • CTE Administrator of the Year - Rick Rios, Anchorage School District
  • CTE Leadership Award - UAA Community and Technical College (accepted by Bonnie Nygard, Associate Dean)
  • CTE Promising Practices Award - Bill Corbett, Service High School, Anchorage
  • CTE Community Contribution Award - Palmer Rotary Club (accepted by Jake Libbey, President)

2005-2006 AACTE Award Winners

  • Business/Information Technology Teacher of the Year - Joann Pfisterer, Dimond High
  • Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher of the Year - Diane Chapman, Service High
  • Health Sciences Teacher of the Year - Bill Parker, Wasilla High
  • 
Industrial/Technology Teacher of the Year - John Egan, Palmer High
  • CTE Administrator of the Year - Robert Doyle, Chief School Administrator for the Mat-Su Borough School District
  • CTE Leadership Award - Dean Southam, Office of Career and Technology Education, Anchorage
  • CTE 
Promising Practices Award - Jack Simpson, Mat-Su Welding Program

2004-2005 AACTE Awards

  • Outstanding New CTE Teacher of the Year - Diane Maples from Valdez High School
  • Business/Information Technology Teacher of the Year - Steven Cook from Palmer High School
  • Hospitality/Tourism Teacher of the Year - Sarah Parks, Family & Consumer Sciences teacher at Houston High School
  • Industrial/Technology Teacher of the Year - Dan Sparkman, Radio and Television instructor at King Career Center in Anchorage
  • CTE Administrator of the Year - Dwight Probasco, Principal of Wasilla High School
  • CTE Community Contribution Award - Laurie Prax, Valdez
  • CTE Leadership Award - Dr. Karen Schmitt, Career Education Dean for the University of Alaska Southeast
  • CTE Promising Practices Award - Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District Welding Advisory Committee