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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 907-861-5500
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
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!”
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 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.
Nominations may be made by any AACTE member during the annual fall nomination period. The requirements for a complete nomination are as follows:
Award Categories for individuals are:
Outstanding CTE Teacher of the Year
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:
_____ (8) Positive impact on students
CTE Administrator of the Year
2012-2013 AACTE Award Winners