Board of directors 2006 elections.
The two nominees for president-elect and 19 nominees for vice president and vice president-elect were chosen through official ACTE procedures. Nominating committees interviewed and selected candidates for positions on the ACTE Board of Directors. Nominees for ACTE president-elect were then presented to the ACTE Assembly of Delegates during the ACTE Annual Convention in Kansas City, Missouri. Nominees for the region and division offices were certified by the ACTE Nominating Committee and submitted to their respective divisions and regions at the annual business meetings held during the ACTE Annual Convention.
All ACTE individual professional, retired, national affiliate organization and educational institution members whose membership dues were received at ACTE headquarters by January 15 are eligible to vote. All eligible members may vote for president-elect; members of all divisions and/or regions holding elections are also eligible to vote in those elections.
Please review the biographical information and platform statements for nominees and exercise your right to vote for the future leadership of the Association for Career and Technical Education. This information as well as answers to key questions posed to the candidates is posted on the ACTE Web site at www.acteonline.org.
This year the election process will be conducted via electronic ballot only. Ballots will be sent to member e-mail addresses listed in the ACTE database. ACTE has selected Election Service Corp. in Garden City, New York, to manage the Board of Directors Elections. You will receive an Election Validation Number via e-mail that must be used to vote electronically. If you do not receive an Election Validation Number by February 3, please contact Election Services Corporation at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-866-720-4357. Electronic ballots must be cast by midnight February 28 to be valid. Ballots will be counted and audited at the offices of Election Services Corp. by March 1. Results will be posted immediately on the ACTE Web site and announced in the May issue of Techniques magazine.
COLEEN C. KEFFLER
Occupation: School-to-Careers Coordinator
Employment History: School-to-Careers Coordinator, Sturgis Brown High School (2000-Present); FACS Instructor, Sturgis Brown High School (1990-2000); Vocational Instructor, Colman Public Schools (1985-1990)
Education: M.A., Home Economics Education, South Dakota State University; B.S., South Dakota State University; currently pursuing M.A. in Secondary Administration, South Dakota State University
ACTE Involvement: Division: Vice-President of New and Related Services Division (2004-present); FACS Division Membership Chair (1996-1999), Committee Member (1995-1996); NATFACS Public Information Chair (1994); NATFACS Public Information Committee Member (1991,1993, 1994); NATFACS Awards Committee (1996); NATFACS Registration Committee 1992; NATFACS Newsletter Committee (1997); ACTE Conference Attendee (1990-1992), (1994-present); ACTE Conference Presenter (1997, 1999, 2003, 2005). Region: Region V Policy Committee Member (2002-2005); Region V Awards Committee Member (1997-2000, 2002), Chair (1999, 2000); Region V Conference Presenter (1996-2004); Region V Leadership Conference Co-Chair (1999); Region V Leadership Conference Attendee (1990, 1996-2004). Committees: Finance Chair, ACTE Executive Committee (2005-2006); ACTE Organizational Review and Assessment Task Force (2003-2004); ACTE Teacher Quality Task Force (2002). Other National, State, and Local Involvement: President of South Dakota ACTE (1996-1997); Chair of SDACTE Professional Development Stipend Committee (1998-2002, 2004-present); SDACTE Legislative Committee (testified before the state legislature 2001, 2002, 2003); SDACTE Conference Presenter, Awards Committee, Audit Committee, Policy Leadership Stipend Recipient; SDATFACS President (1992-1993), Awards Committee, Legislative Committee, Mentoring Committee, Registration Committee, Newsletter Editor; Meade 46-1 School District Vocational Department Chair (2002-2005); Meade 46-1 Insurance Committee Member (1992-present); South Dakota Legislative District 29 Cracker Barrel Moderator; Sturgis Area Chamber of Commerce Political Action Committee Member (2003-present); National Education Association (1987-present); Past Lead Negotiator/Past-President, Meade Education Association; Delta Kappa Gamma (1994-present), First Vice-Chair, Iota Chapter; South Dakota 4-H Leaders Association (1990-present); State Board of Directors (2001--present); Western Junior Livestock Show/Western 4-H FCS Show Meat Identification Contest Chair (1998-present); Beyond the SD CAP: Activity Guide, Writing Team Member (2003, 2004); South Dakota Guidance and Career Activities, Writing Team Member (2002); South Dakota Office of Career and Technical Education Developing Youth Internships Summer Workshop Lead Instructor (2005); 2005 South Dakota ACTE Carl Perkins Humanitarian Award Recipient; 2002 ACTE Teacher of the Year; 2000 Questech Scholarship Recipient; 1999 Sturgis Brown High School Teacher of the Year.
Legislation is focusing on academic test scores; outsourcing is becoming the norm for larger companies; the population is aging; and there is a shortage of technicians in all fields. Career and Technical Education can make a positive impact on these issues through performance, partnerships and passion.
CTE is and always has been performance-based. As individuals, and as an organization, we must track and publish numerical data illustrating that CTE programs are impacting students and the economy. Through technical schools, business-industry centers, and retraining partnerships, career and technical education can move quickly to meet the fast-changing needs of adult learners, business and industry. At the secondary level, CTE students score higher on academic tests and are better prepared for post secondary education/training.
ACTE and CTE instructors need to increase the number of industry-based courses by increasing partnerships nationwide at all levels of CTE. The time is right to reach out to industry to provide a seamless transition from education to the workforce as illustrated by the CISCO partnerships. Additionally, CTE instructors must continue to collaborate with academic instructors to ensure every CTE lesson addresses identifiable academic standards. Secondary and post secondary instructors must continue to partner to insure access to life-long learning and retraining as business, industry, and technology evolve.
Finally, as CTE instructors, we must be passionate about our field. We must sell our programs and our Association every chance we get. ACTE and CTE are doing great things in high schools, technical schools, adult education, and workforce retraining. We must celebrate our successes through the media at the local, state, and national arenas. CTE is an integral component of economic development, and we must educate our state and national leaders to that fact. Nationwide, we are helping secondary students and adult learners become contributing members of society. It is because of our passion this occurs; it is because of our students we must persevere.
DANIEL J. SMITH
Occupation: Education Supervisor, Adult and Career Education
Employment History: Education Supervisor, Adult and Career Education, Minnesota Department of Education (June 1999-Present); Director of Technology, North St. Paul-Maplewood-Oakdale Public Schools (July 1997-June 1999); Vocational and Compensatory Programs Administrator, North St. Paul-Maplewood Oakdale Public Schools (August 1991-June 1997); Education Consultant and Lobbyist, Self Employed (March 1990-June 1994); Educational Consultant/Area Learning Center Facilitator, Self Employed (March 1990-August 1990, May 1991-December 1991); Vocational Director, Carver-Scott Educational Cooperative (March 1982-March 1990); Graphic Arts Instructor, Carver-Scott Educational Cooperative (August 1977-June 1984); Graphic Arts/Drafting Instructor, International Falls High School (September 1976-June 1977)
Education: Education Specialist, Educational Policy and Administration (1996), University of Minnesota; B.S. with Distinction, Industrial Education (1971), University of Minnesota; Certificate, Offset Printing (1967), Minneapolis Technical College
ACTE Involvement: Region: Member (1977-present); Region III Vice President (2001-2004); Region III Policy Committee Representative (1997-2000); Region III Outstanding Vocational Educator Award (1996). Committees: Board Liaison to ACTE Resolutions Committee (2001-2004). Other National, State, and Local Involvement: Minnesota Association for Career and Technical Education (MnACTE/MVA): Member (1977-present), President-elect/President/Past-president (1989-1992), Policy Development Committee (1988-1999), Chair (1988-89), Conference Program Committee (1987-1992), MVA President's Award (1989); Minnesota Vocational Coalition, Chair (1990-1995); Better Education through Legislative Liaison (BELL) (1990-1999); Minnesota Association of Career and Technical Administrators (MACTA/MASVA): Member (1982-present), President (1997-1998), Executive Board (1986-1988 and 1994-present), Legislative Committee (1986-present), Chair (1988-1989 and 1993-1994), Liaison from Minnesota Department of Education (1999-present); Minnesota Organization for Vocational Education (PAC), President (1992-present); Strategy Design Group--Restructured Model for Secondary Vocational Educ. (1988-1989); Minnesota State Plan for Vocational Technical Education Ad Hoc Committee (1988-1990); Vocational Industrial Clubs of America, Minnesota Executive Board (1979-1983); Minnesota Department of Education Assessment Task Force (1992-1993)
Globalization, what Thomas Friedman of The New York times terms the flattening of the world, puts demands on our students and schools for higher skills. The nation has responded to this cry by calling for more academic instruction and greater academic rigor. Yet continuing the same approach to the teaching of academic skills, in ways that have been unsuccessful for many of our students, cannot possibly ensure that we remain a leader in the world marketplace.
Of course we need to change, but first we need to change the premise that either more academics, or more career and technical education, is the answer to improving the skills of our youth. We must, as Governor Warner has in Virginia, redesign the American high school by offering more rigorous coursework and by providing more college and vocational classes. Doing this well, however, requires new skills in collaboration among educators to model interdisciplinary approaches that are effective for our students.
Business management author Margaret Wheatley says, "Whenever you bring two people together in an organization who don't normally work together or talk together, you are creating new information." When we in Minnesota developed new curriculum frameworks in career and technical education, we began with the commonalities that bring our disciplines together rather than set us apart: career development, technological literacy, and workplace skills. Now we must find the commonalities that help us to build education communities with our academic partners. CTE alone may not be the answer to school reform, but collaborating with our academic partners will make career and technical education part of the reform solution for our schools.
Involvement in ACTE is a wonderful first step toward a unified career and technical education community. As your president-elect I will work to promote a unified field of career and technical education that is a part of, not apart from, education reform.
ACTE Region II Vice President-Elect
Employment History: Health Science Technology Instructor, Crockett County High School (1995-Present); Registered Nurse, Jackson-Madison County Hospital (1983-1997); Nurse Assistant/Registered Nurse, Forest Memorial Hospital (1981-1983)
Education: B.S., Nursing, University of Tennessee Martin; A.A., Nursing, East Arkansas Community College
ACTE Involvement: Division: Health Occupation Professional Development Committee (2000-2001); Business Meeting Attendee (2000-2003). Region: Conference Planning Committee Co-Chairman 2004; Co-Chairman Policy Review Committee (2004-2005); Vice-Chairman (2004); Round Table Presenter (2004); ACTE Convention Region II Round Table Presenter (2004); Board Representative TN (2003-Present); Conference Attendee (2002-2005). Committees: ACTE: Professional Development (2002-2003); TACTE: Legislative (2002-2003), Nominating (2003-2005). Other National, State and Local Involvement: State: Health Science President (2000-2002); Board Member (2000-Present); TACTE: President-Elect (2002-2003); President (2003-2005); Past President (2005-2006); Newsletter Editor (2002-Present); Facilitator at Legislative Breakfast (2003-2005). Local: Member of Alzheimer's Memory Walk; Relay for Life Team Captain; Adult Sunday School Teacher; Blood Drive Coordinator at School.
I have experienced three passions in my professional career. My first started 24 years ago when I began my career as a professional nurse. Then 11 years ago I discovered a second new passion as a Career and Technical Education Health Science Technology Instructor. I was so excited because as a nurse I had been a teacher to my patients and loved it. It was an opportunity to combine my love for teaching with my love for nursing and I was in my element at last. It was also at that time I discovered a third passion, ACTE.
Through ACTE I have had the privilege to meet and communicate with dedicated individuals who have a commitment for students and our professional organization. My participation in conferences such as the National Policy Seminar, the Region II and the ACTE Annual Convention continues to renew my enthusiasm and dedication to CTE.
I believe that the region serves as the critical communication pipeline between the state associations and our national organization. Linking the eight states and three territories of Region II in effective communication will be my primary goal as your Region II vice-president. Please join in that goal by selecting me as your next Region II vice president-elect.
AARON L. FLEMING
Occupation: State Agricultural Education Curriculum Coordinator
Employment History: State Agricultural Education Curriculum Coordinator, NC State University (2006); Director of Career & Technical Education, Wilkes County Schools (2003-2006); Agricultural Education Teacher, Johnston County Schools (2002-2003), Cabarrus County Schools (2000-2002)
Education: M.A. Ag. Ed., North Carolina State University; Candidate for Master of School Administration, Appalachian State University; B.S., Ag. Ed., North Carolina State University
ACTE Involvement: Division: ACTE Convention and Career Tech Expo Workshop Presenter (2003); ACTE Convention and Career Tech Expo Attendee (2003-2005); ACTE National Policy Seminar Attendee (2004-2005). Region: ACTE Region II Conference (2005); ACTE Region II Public Information Chairman (2005). Committees: ACTE Public Information Committee Member (2005); ACTE Public Information Committee Chair-Elect (2006). Other National, State and Local Involvement: North Carolina Career and Technical Education Summer Conference Attendee (2000-2005); NCACTE Legislative Seminar Attendee (2004-2005)
As CTE educators, we have continuously battled threats of budget cuts and everyday continue to change negative perceptions to positive realities for our students. Today, CTE is in the limelight and our responsibility is to keep the focus on middle and high school reform initiatives. We must demand a greater voice at the table of education policy. It is imperative that policymakers know, without question, how important CTE is for the future of education to our students.
As career and technical educators, we are leaders in our communities and we must never let that position be forgotten. As your leader, I will put CTE on the front page for our parents, business and civic leaders, legislators and school administrators. I will be visible as I campaign for the interests of our students and the interests of our communities. I will continue to vocalize our goals and objectives. It is imperative that all CTE teachers are behind our Association. There is power in numbers. And, it is also imperative to make sure that our new co-workers are encouraged to become an active part of ACTE.
I am energetic and ambitious in all I do. I am a product of CTE and career and technical student organizations. I ask for your support as Region II vice president-elect.
JODI NICHOLS GEIGER
Occupation: Agriscience Teacher
Employment History: Agriscience Teacher: Volusia County (1990-present); Palm Beach County (1985-87)
Education: B.A., Ag. Ed.; pursuing M.A. in Ag. Ed., University of Florida
ACTE Involvement: Division: FAAE member--(1990-present), Board of Directors (12 years), Area Director (3); FACTE Representative (2), Legislative Liaison (2), 2002 Outstanding Teacher; NAAE 2002 Region 5 Outstanding Teacher; 2002 Syngenta International Ambassador for Agriculture Education; FFA Board President (1); FFA Alumni Board President (4). Region: 2005 Region 2 Conference. Committees: Policy Committee Member; 2008 Conference Planning. Other National, State and Local Involvement: FACTE Board of Directors (5 years); President (1) President-elect (1), FAAE Representative (2), Past President and Treasurer; National FFA Alumni Board; 1996 Volusia Teacher of the Year.
I am a CTE success story! My desire to teach was founded in high school where I enrolled in several CTE programs and joined three CTSO's. For 18 years I have been living my dream--an agriculture teacher and FFA Adviser.
Devoted teachers, through CTE experiences, instilled in me the importance of service. If elected, I pledge to work diligently for you. I see teacher recruitment, membership and communications as areas of immediate importance.
Statistics show a large percentage of our peers will retire within the next five years, a time when we are facing critical teacher shortages. Our best and brightest must be recruited into teaching to ensure the continuation of quality programs. When programs are forced to close because there is no qualified teacher we have failed our customers--the students!
Increased membership is imperative. ACTE is our voice to Congress. Imagine what power we would have if every CTE teacher joined. Ask yourself, "What can I do for ACTE?" The answer: "Recruit members and relay the urgency of membership."
Finally, teachers must be empowered with the tools to be successful. Expanded use of technology, continued advocacy, and increased stakeholder partnerships would provide the tools imperative to the future of ACTE.
My numerous leadership positions on the local, state and national level, have prepared me to better serve you.
Thank you for your support
Jodi N. Geiger.
ACTE Region V Vice President
Occupation: Industrial Education Department Chair/CTE Instructor
Employment History: Industrial Tech Dept. Chair/CTE Instructor, Peoria Unified Schools (1993-Present); Technology/Welding Instructor, Flowing Wells Unified Schools (1991-1993); Assistant Agricultural Ed, University Of Arizona Graduate (1990-1991); Agriculture/Welding Instructor, Matana Unified Schools (1986-1990)
Education: M.S., Agricultural Education, University of Arizona (1991); B.S., Agricultural Education, University of Arizona (1986)
ACTE Involvement: Division: Trade and Industrial Division member since 1995. Attended last four ACTE Conventions and Trade and Industrial Division meetings. SkilIsUSA Adviser (1993-2000). Attended SkilIsUSA Championships (1996-2000) with teams in residential wiring, chapter display, prepared speech, extemporaneous speech, team build, American Spirit Award. Member of Agricultural Education Division (1989-Present). Region: Region V Teacher of the Year 2004; Attended last four Region V meetings. Member of Region V Policy Committee (2000-2002). Presented Region V conference (2002-2004). Region II conference presenter (2003). Committee: ACTE Restructuring Committee (2005); ACTE Professional Development Committee Chair (2002-2004); ACTE Region V policy committee (1999-2001); ACTE Region V Professional Development Committee (1999-2001); ACTE Region V Resolutions (1989). Other National, State and Local Involvement: ACTEAz CTE Teacher of the Year 2004; ACTEAz Past President (2002-2003). ACTEAz President (2001-2002); ATIEA President (1990); Peoria Unified School District Industrial Tech Dept Chair (Present); Arizona Legislative District Precinct, Committeeman (Elected 2002); ACTE Region V Innovative Program of the Year (Building Trades) (2001); ACTEAz Program of the Year (2000).
As a passionate career and technical educator, I see many exciting changes coming to career and technical education. These changes will affect career and technical education programs and students. I truly believe that we are the instrument of change, we are the vehicle for professional development to our membership. Region V is the model region for ACTE, with an innovative regional conference and a vision for the future. We must be proactive in our efforts to enhance the Association for Career and Technical Education. A vision, a passion and the will to get done, I am ready to serve our Association.
PETE J. RISING
Occupation: Agriculture Career and Technical Education Instructor
Employment History: CTE teacher, Wolf Point School District (2005-06); CTE teacher, Culbertson School District (1990-2005); CTE teacher, Peerless School District (1989-90); CTE temp-teacher, Flathead School District (1988-89)
Education: B.S., Agriculture Education, Montana State University
ACTE Involvement: Division: ACTE Convention (3 yrs); MAAE Past President; MACTE Past President. Region: Nominations Committee chairperson; Conference attendee (5 yrs); Region V Conf. Chair. Committee: ACTE Public Information Committee--chair-elect; Reg. V Nominations Committee. Other National, State and Local Involvement: FFA Board of Trustees; Honorary American FFA Degree; Honorary State FFA Degree; FFA Alumni
I am a product of career and technical education, who truly believes in the overall importance of what each of us do for CTE and our students. Connecting education and careers, and I believe connecting ACTE and membership.
My goal, if you chose to elect me to be your next Region V vice president, is to be open to membership suggestions. I will continue to work, promote and maintain Region V ACTE and ACTE to our membership via:
Membership development and growth--our success as an Association is only as good as each of our members. We must continue to recruit members into ACTE.
Advocacy--through the efforts of the ACTE staff and association membership, we have a strong and viable advocacy program in place. My duties to you would include keeping you, the member, aware of real issues that affect your CTE program and opportunities for professional development.
Service--I will make my efforts to provide continual quality leadership to you the members', one of my highest priorities.
Communication--an informed membership is a strong association. Keeping each member informed of the activities and actions of ACTE will be something you can expect from my leadership.
My students hear, "NO DEPOSIT, NO RETURN." If you value grassroots, visionary leadership, then your consideration for me to be your next Region V vice president will be greatly appreciated. Actions speak louder than words. Allow my experiences to provide you with quality leadership and dedicated service into your future of ACTE.
Occupation: Agricultural Instructor/Livestock Judging Coach
Employment History: Agricultural Instructor, Northeast Community College (Jan. 1998-Present); Agricultural Instructor, Sandhills Public Schools (June 1989-Dec. 1997)
Education: B.S., Animal Science & Agricultural Education, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; M.S., Vocational Education, University of Nebraska-Kearney
ACTE Involvement: Division: My involvement with the agriculture division has mostly been with the NAAE, having attended several regional and national conferences throughout my career. Region: My involvement with Region V has been quite extensive the past seven years. I have attended the regional conference each of these years. I was a member of the Region V Policy committee from July 2002 through June 2005. I currently serve as co-chairman of the 2006 Region V Conference Planning Committee. Committee: Region V representative--ACTE Audit Committee (June 2001-June 2004); ACTE Audit Committee Chair (July 2004-June 2005). Other National, State and Local Involvement: I am in my twelfth year on the ACTE of Nebraska (ACTEN) board; I served as agriculture representative (three years), treasurer (two years), president-elect, president, past president, and as an ex-officio member (four years). I have also served on several agricultural education related boards in Nebraska, including the NAEA board for two years, on the NVAF board for two years, the FFA Board of Directors for three years, and the FFA Alumni Council for 12 years.
Having been a career and technical education instructor for more than 16 years, I have witnessed the impact that we as educators can have on students. The Association for Career and Technical Education has helped us make this impact through the Association's work in many areas, including providing leadership development activities and resources to use in the classroom. The Association is also an advocate for career and technical education on Capitol Hill. I am confident that I can be of great service to the association over the next three years as the Association faces the challenges, and looks at the direction it should take, in order to make it strong for our members and give the members the resources to continue to make an impact on the future--the students who are and will be in our classrooms.
ACTE Administration Division Vice President
Occupation: Executivee Director, National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity
Employment History: Executive Director, National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity (1995-present); Director of Development, College of the Siskiyous (1993-1994); Executive Director, Women's Economic Growth (1986-1993); Assoc. Professor/Ag.Ed., California Polytechnic State University, SLO (1985-1986); Ag. Ed. Teacher, Etna Union High School District (1979-1985)
Education: B.S., Animal Science, University of California, Davis; M.S., Agricultural Sciences, California Polytechnic State University, S.L.O., CA; M.A., Educational Administration, St. Mary's College, Moraga, CA
ACTE Involvement: Division: I have been involved in all activities of the Career Technical Education Equity Council (CTEEC), an affiliate organization of the Administration Division of ACTE, since 1987. I have served as the co-chair of the CTEEC Awards Committee since 1999, as President-elect of CTEEC and will become the CTEEC President in December 2005. Region: I have participated in regional activities as a member. Committees: I serve on the Future Horizons Committee of ACTE and regularly attended the Legislative Committee meetings of ACTE but do not serve on the committee.
The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) has the opportunity to lead the education reform movement. The rigor and relevance of high quality career and technical education programs has proven to be effective in engaging students and adults to be productive citizens and members of a diverse workforce. ACTE must step out in front of the local, state and national debates to be seen as the leading organization of educators working to address issues of retention and transition in secondary and postsecondary education. As vice president of the Administration Division, it would be my goal to increase the ability of local and state level administrators of career and technical education to effectively lead at home while helping ACTE build a strong leadership base for driving education reform at the national level. This goal can be accomplished by working with the Board and staff at ACTE to strengthen the communication network within the administration division, supporting innovative professional development, and participating in education reform discussions at all levels.
Employment History: Pontotoc Technology Center Superintendent (1992-Present); Velma-Alma Schools Superintendent (1990-1992); Oklahoma Dept. of Career & Tech Educ. (1978-1990)
Education: Oklahoma State University--B.S. and M.S., Agriculture Education
ACTE Involvement: Division: Chairman Oklahoma Technology Center Superintendents' Association (2005-06); President National Council of Local Administrators (2005); President Oklahoma Association Technology Centers (2004-05). Region: Region IV Administrator of the Year Candidate (2000); Program Presenter Region IV "Multimedia in the Classroom", 1994; Presenter Region IV Conference, "Public Education, America's Opus" (2000); Presenter Region IV Conference, "Administration Division Activities" (1999). Committees: Member ACTE Legislative Committee (2004-Present); Chairman Finance and Operations Committee ACTE Board (1997-98); Chairman ACTE Task Force on WIA Reauthorization (2002-03); Executive Committee ACTE Board of Directors, (1999-2000); ACTE Board of Directors (1998-2000). Other National, State and Local Involvement: Chairman Ada Area Chamber of Commerce (2003-04); Oklahoma Vocational Educator of the Year (1999); Oklahoma Administrator of the Year (1999); Chairman Oklahoma Executive Director Selection Committee (2004-05).
Career and Technical educators have the role of building lives. We can provide a brighter future for secondary students, the unemployed, the underemployed, the unskilled, and individuals with outdated skills. To stay employed, one must keep pace with change by continually updating skills and knowledge, and even developing completely new qualifications.
In our world economy, consumers are demanding more efficient choices at a lesser cost and they can always find someone willing to meet that demand more. Career and technical education must become the consumers' first choice.
To meet these challenges, I am committed to:
* Demonstrating a high level professionalism.
* Increasing collaboration between educators and business and industry.
* Expanding the linkage between secondary and post-secondary institutions.
* Fostering an atmosphere of unity and increased membership among all Regions, Divisions, and states.
* Supporting ACTE's efforts to address our many emerging challenges.
Career and technical educators must keep an eye on the future, an ear tuned to business and industry, and a warm hand open to our clients. I pledge my energy, my voice and dedication to the members of the ACTE. I ask for your vote as Vice-President Administration Division of ACTE.
MARTHA "MARTY" THOMPSON
Occupation: Career and Technology Director and Dean of the Advance Technology Complex
Employment History: CTE Director and Dean of the Advanced Technology Complex, Denton, Texas (1999-present); Assistant Principal (3 yrs) and Career Counselor (3 yrs), Marcus H.S., Lewisville, Texas (1992-1999); Placement Coordinator, (1988-1992) and Career Counselor (1988-1990) El Paso, Texas; Instructor both at the secondary and post secondary level in Texas and Oklahoma (1977-1988); work experience outside of education (1971-1977)
Education: M.Ed., Occupational Education, Corpus Christi University; B.S. in Business Education and a minor in Home Economics
ACTE Involvement: ACTE National convention presenter; Region IV Conference presenter for three years; ACTE Texas voting delegate; Attended the National Policy Seminar for three years. Committees: Regional: Awards Committee; State: Public Relations and Legislative Committees. Other National, State and Local Involvement: President for Career & Technology Association of Texas; NCLA member; Chair for Denton County Seamless Education and Texoma Tech-Prep Consortium; more than 27 presentations at professional conferences and service organizations.
I am a product of career and technology education, which paid for my post secondary education as well as my childrens'. Career and technology education should be a leader in the changing paradigm of education. I believe that every child will benefit from our programs and we need to "showcase" the data and personal stories of success with our legislators. We need to reflect how our programs provide the rigor and relevance needed to prepare the youth for the 21st century emerging careers. We need to increase our outreach with a strong e-mail campaign to keep all CTE instructors informed and encourage their outreach to other individuals and professional groups. Our elective leaders listen to how many voters we represent! We need to educate the general public and instructors that their input is extremely valuable and how easy it is to contact their state and federal legislators, it only takes a minute to make a difference. Remember, we are only as strong as our active professional involvement. I look forward to giving back to career and technical education as your Administration Vice President.
ACTE Adult Workforce Development Division Vice President
SANDRA LILLIAN BUSH
Occupation: Career Placement Services/Equity Coordinator
Employment History: Career Placement Services/Equity Coordinator (1998-present); Coordinator-Welfare to Work Program (1989-98), Instructor--FACS (1977-89), Atlanta Technical College; Instructor--FACS, Flint River Technical College (1974-77); FACS Instructor, Wilkinson Co. Board of Education (1969-74)
Education: Post-graduate studies, Virginia Polytechnic University; M.A., Education, University of Georgia; B.S., Hampton University
ACTE Involvement: Division: Currently completing term of President-elect, Robert Scarborough; Served as division representative to the ACTE Diversity Committee (2004); ACTE Resolutions Committee (2000-03) representing FACS Division; Committees: Family and Consumer Science Policy Committee (1983-84). National, State and Local Involvement: State affiliate organizer for Adult Workforce Development (2001-present); Member-Board of Directors: SIATECH GA-A Charter High School of the Atlanta Public School System; Member: Department of Labor Employer Committee South Metro Office; Member: Atlanta Tech Prep Consortium; Workshop presenter on "Recruitment, Enrollment, and Completion Strategies on Non-traditional Occupational Training" at State Tech Prep Conference (2003, 2004); Member of Atlanta Job Corps Business/Industry Advisory Council (2000-present); Workshop presenter to Business Liaisons of Georgia's Job Corps Centers (2000); Fiscal representative: School-to-Work Atlanta Region South Grant (2000-02); FACS Vice President, Georgia Association for Career and Technical Education, (1988-91); President, National Association of Postsecondary and Adult Vocational Home Economics Educators (NAPAVHEE)(1983-84); Atlanta District Leader, Georgia Home Economics Association (1984-85)
As a candidate for Vice President of the Adult Workforce Development Division of ACTE, I pledge to continue to build a community of professionals whose educational core values are aligned with the mission of the division and ACTE. The Adult Workforce Development Division is in a unique position to move to the forefront of the American workforce skills gap debate, by providing proven examples of "best practices" to its political stakeholders at the local, state and national levels.
As Vice President, I will continue to provide leadership to the division by keeping the lines of communication open between the division membership and national headquarters. I will serve as an advocate for the development of a competitive workforce, using career and technical education as the catalyst, in training the adult learner. I will seek to bring about a cohesive network of professionals, whose life's work has been and continues to be, providing access to skills training for adults, that leads to economic self-sufficiency.
JAMES W. COMER
Occupation: Field Service Coordinator
Employment History: Field Service Coordinator, OK Dept. of Career & Tech. Ed. (1998-2005); Client Program Coordinator, OK Dept. of Vocational & Tech. Ed. (1994-1998); SET/SBM, Autry Tech. Ctr. (1990-1994); Marketing Director, Enid Credit Bureau (1988-1990); Assistant Business Manager, St. Mary's Hospital (1986-1988); Executive Vice President, Oakwood National Bank (1982-1986); Officer for: Allied Bank, First National Bank, and Liberty National Bank (1972-1982)
Education: B.B.A., Economics, Central State University
ACTE Involvement: Division: NRS Selection/ Interview Committee; Treasurer CBITS Section of NRS; President/President-Elect of CBITS; Presenter-ACTE Conference (2). Region: Attendee (4); Program Planner-CBITS; Presenter at Regional Conference; Interview Committee. Committees: ACTE Bylaws Committee; ACTE Editorial and Publications Committee; ACTE Membership Committee; Chair of New Ideas Committee. National, State and Local Involvement: President of OkACTE; President of CBITS Division, as well as Treasurer and Secretary; Vice President of NRS; Conference Planning Committee; Quality Award Examiner (Malcom Baldrige Criteria) certified in Econ. Dev.; Served as Chair or President of American Heart Association, Boy Scouts of America, Business Incubator Association, and Kiwanis.
Just six years ago, our division was known by another name, Employment and Training Division. That name change was brought about because of the ever changing workforce and their training and education needs. If you look on the ACTE Web site, under the Adult Workforce Division page you will find our Vice President's photo and a description of our Division. I believe those words not only describe the division, but they form the mission statement of what we do.
We "strive to produce quality workers for a competitive workforce," and "professionals bringing to the table a wide array of approached to prepare individuals for employment." These are not just words on a Web site, these are ideas and ideals that we live by each and every day of our lives. The diverse membership in our division and in ACTE is a powerful force in accomplishing our goals.
Many times we see the business and school partners testify to legislators and legislative staff on the importance of career and technical education. Without our powerful presence in the classrooms, the guidance office, the remediation and transitional centers, and the industry training rooms, the United States would not be able to meet the challenges presented by the world economy.
ACTE Agricultural Education Division Vice President
WILLIAM L. DEIMLER
Occupation: State Specialist Agricultural Education
Employment History: State Specialist Agricultural Education, Utah DOE (Sept. 1994-Present); State Supervisor Agricultural Education, Arizona DOE (Nov. 1987-Sept. 1994); Agriculture Teacher, Agua Fria High School (July 1982-Nov. 1987); Graduate Teaching Assistant, New Mexico State University (Aug. 1981-June 1982); Agriculture Teacher, Albuquerque Public Schools (May 1980-July 1981).
Education: M.A. and B.S., Agricultural and Extension Education, New Mexico State University
ACTE Involvement: Division: Agricultural Education Division Policy Committee Member (2000-2002). Region: Region V ACTE Conferences; Region V elections. Committees: Agricultural Education Division Policy Committee Member (2000-2002). Other National, State and Local Involvement: Arizona Association for Career and Technical Education (1982-1994); UACTE (1994-Present); developed Agricultural Education inservice program for the Annual Arizona ACTE Summer Conference (1987-1994); developed the Agricultural Education inservice program for the Utah ACTE Annual Conference (1994-Present).
In our rush to make sure that no child is left behind we tend to focus our limited resources on the most efficient methodology instead of what is actually good for students. Subjects that matter most are often delivered in a "memorize and regurgitate" format leaving the students to wonder about the application of the material. In this rush CTE is pushed to the side. It is labeled as too expensive, too narrow, and not sufficiently academic. All of this is incorrect. The fact is CTE is the only way some students get it. They don't understand until they get their hands on it.
In the geometry classroom the Pythagorean Theorem is hard to understand. In the welding shop, using the 3-4-5 rule to square a trailer frame, it comes easy. Our job as CTE teachers is to make sure that when that teachable moment occurs we take them back into the classroom and help them to understand the academic using the experiential context. These educational opportunities do not happen by chance and they do not occur in a "memorize and regurgitate" classroom.
Instead of wondering how we fit into the current educational climate we should be touting the fact that career and technical education is the answer to our current challenges.
Occupation: Program Manager
Employment History: California Department of Education (1986-Present); Agribusiness instructor, Reedley College (1980-1986); Teacher/Advisor, Gonzales H.S. (1974-1980)
Education: M.S. & B.S., California Polytechnic University; A.A., Modesto JC
ACTE Involvement: Division: Agriculture Education Division Policy Committee. Committees: National Council for Agricultural Education Board Member and Treasurer; National Conference Planning Committee. Other National, State and Local Involvement: President and Outstanding Member, NASAE; Member, National FFA Board of Directors and FFA Foundation Board of Trustees; California Agriculture Teachers' Association President, Outstanding Young Teacher, and Teacher of Excellence; Chair, National FFA Budget and Audit, Contest and Awards, Convention Site Selection, and Bylaws Committees; Alternate Vice President Region I, NAAE; Reinventing Agriculture Education for the Year 2020 Steering Committee.
"I am an agriculture educator by choice, not by chance." This inscription on the code of ethics I received, and eagerly signed, when I became an agriculture teacher reflects the belief that agricultural educators can make a difference in the lives of every student coming through their classroom, office door, or school farm laboratory gate. We must believe this to ensure every student, at all educational levels, receives our best by focusing on:
* Teacher Quantity and Quality--quality programs have quality teachers. With our teacher shortage it is essential we recruit, prepare, support and retain high quality teachers. We must be proactive now in increasing the number and quality of our prospective and practicing teachers.
* Program Adaptation and Quality Assurance--changing needs of community workplaces and the increasing diversity of students requires program development, delivery and evaluation in collaboration with the constituencies served to maximize program potential, quality and support.
* Agriculture and CTE Understanding and Support--we must increase individual and collaborative efforts to show the value of, and gain support for, the education we provide. Policymakers must understand and value what we provide to all students. Securing legislation to support must be accomplished.
I chose to be an agriculture educator and candidate for Vice President of the Agricultural Education Division. With your support I pledge to work collaboratively to provide all students with our very best!
ACTE Guidance Division Vice President
Occupation: Guidance Counselor
Employment History: Guidance Counselor (2002-Present), Work Based Learning Coordinator (1999-2002), Business/Marketing Teacher (1998-1999), Jordan School District; Contract/Grant Assistant, Utah State University (1995-1998)
Education: M.A., Educational Counseling, University of Phoenix; B.S., Business and Marketing Education, Utah State University
ACTE Involvement: National, State and Local Involvement: State ACTE Activities (Utah): Organized Work-Based Learning Division 1998; Work-Based Learning President (1998-2000); Work-Based Learning Past President (2001); Work-Based Learning Secretary (2002); Guidance Division Representative (2004); Guidance Division Treasurer 2005; UACTE Awards Chair (2001-Present)
I appreciate the opportunity to run for Guidance Division Vice President. Being a counselor is an important part of the larger career and technical education picture. Students need to be able to process their ideas about their futures and there is no better place for that to happen than with a trained guidance professional. The work of the Guidance Division is very important. I will work with a lot of energy to provide professional development activities for guidance and career development people, to help them access the latest ideas and materials. I will work with the other division leaders to support federal legislation that benefits CTE and I will collaborate with all the educational shareholders to move the CTE agenda forward.
Occupation: Career Counselor/CTE Coordinator
Employment History: Career Counselor/CTE Coordinator, Taylorsville High School (1993-Present); Guidance Counselor, Cyprus High School (1990-1993); Spanish Teacher, Bonneville JHS (1987-1990)
Education: Ph.D., Educational Leadership and Policy, University of Utah (anticipated December 2005); M.Ed., School Counseling, University of Utah (1994); M.Ed., Education, University of Utah (1974)
ACTE Involvement: Division: ACTE Guidance Division Acting Vice President (2004-2005); Guidance Division Program Chair (2002); Guidance Division Policy Board (2001-2003); Guidance Division Awards Chair (2001, 2002). Region: ACTE Region V Presenter (2000, 2001, 2002, 2005); Region V Policy Committee, (2001-2004); Region V Conference Co-Chair (2001). Other National, State and Local Involvement: Assembly of Delegates (1995-2005); National Policy Seminar (2001-2005); Presenter at ACTE Convention (1996-2004); UACTE Executive Committee, Executive Secretary (2001-2005); UACTE President (2000-2001); President Utah School Counselor Association (1998-1999) and (1996-1997); ASCA Leadership Development Institute (1996-2000); ASCA Advocacy and Public Policy Seminar (1996-2000); Counselor of the Year, Utah School Counselor Association (1998).
Thank you for the opportunity to run for ACTE Guidance Division Vice President. There has never been a more critical time for career and technical education. I am firmly rooted in the belief that guidance is the centerpiece of career and technical education programs and in the belief that ACTE, as an organization, is essential to the continued growth of CTE programs and professionals.
A few years ago, while visiting Sequoia National Park, as we stood admiring the magnificent, giant trees, the ranger asked us if we knew why Sequoia trees grow in groves? The trees are not single, nor isolated, instead, they grow in clusters. The naturalist explained, "They look tall and independent, but underground, their roots are connected."
That is the secret. Their roots are intertwined, they depend on each other for support. They get strength from being together. Underground, their roots are connected! As career educators we are like the Sequoia trees. We are all independent and unique. We have different assignments, different responsibilities but our association, our connectedness, holds us up. Our roots are connected!
The message is clear. We need each other. We need to work together. I would be honored to represent guidance and counseling professionals as we all work toward the larger career and technical education goals of career development for all people.
ACTE Health Science Technology Education Division Vice President
RUTH ANN ECKENSTEIN
Occupation: Program Specialist
Employment History: Program Specialist, Oklahoma Department of Career Tech (1997-Present); PN Instructor, Francis Tuttle (1983-1997)
Education: Post-Graduate Hours at University of Central Oklahoma, M.Ed., Adult Education, Central State University; B.S., Health Education, Central State University; A.S., Nursing, Oklahoma State University, OKC
ACTE Involvement: Division: Oklahoma Health Occupations Education Teachers Association: President, President-Elect, Vice President. Committee: Policy Committee for ACTE-HOE division as NAHOT President; Health Occupations Education Awards Chairperson; HOE Division--Educator at Large Policy Committee
"Wise and prudent persons ... have long known that in a changing world worthy institutions can be conserved only by adjusting them to the changing time."
--Franklin D. Roosevelt.
As we go into the next three years we must be wise and prudent in our discussions regarding the many changes in this organization. As your leader, if chosen, I would incorporate a participative strategy to approach these changes. In this type of strategy, the leader uses task forces, focus groups, group decision-making and various techniques to get involvement from the membership.
We must be ready to make many adjustments. By using participative techniques I will get your assistance via e-mail, newsletters, meetings and surveys to indicate the direction you want your organization to take. We must understand we cannot accomplish our needs without the strong support and partnership of our members. As your representative, I will partner with you to be your eyes, ears and voice during the discussions and negotiations regarding these changes and processes. I will implement your thoughts and suggestions, express your concerns, and exhibit accountability by reporting changes and results of these dialogues.
As Norman Vincent Peale (1898-1993) stated "Change your thoughts, and you change your world." As you leader, I will gather information and, if needed, assist to change our thoughts in a wise and prudent manner. The new thoughts will align our organization's needs with the needs of ACTE. My goal is to lead, with your input and suggestions, in an orderly fashion to make needed adjustments and changes.
I am eager to be of service.
Occupation: Coordinator--Health Professions Magnet
Employment History: Coordinator (1995-Present), Teacher (1988-1995), Indianapolis Public Schools; Research Assistant, Indiana University (1971-1975)
Education: M.A., Allied Health Sciences Education, Indiana University; B.A., Evangel University
ACTE Involvement: Division: HOE Policy Committee, publications, scholarship committee; President and Treasurer of Council of Health Occupations Teachers; Presenter at curriculum and research conferences of the Health Occupations Education Division. Region: Region III Resolutions Committee member. Committee: ACTE Membership and ACTE Resolutions Committees. Other National, State and Local Involvement: President (3 years), Treasurer (10 years) Indiana Health Career Educators; Conference Presenter and planner; served on the Assembly of Delegates for IACTE.
There are five areas which I hope to impact.
1. Critical continued Perkins funding of HSTE programs needs to be increased to keep pace with new technologies emerging in health care each year. They cannot continue to operate at current levels.
2. With the restructuring of ACTE, the interests and needs of HSTE membership must be protected and actually better met. A continuation of effective and valuable professional development activities during the yearly conference is an important piece in building and maintaining active membership in the Division.
3. Communication is valuable and critical to the organization. The technology available for our use in ACTE should be utilized to its maximum for those purposes.
4. Perhaps the most important piece, however, is that of the development of partnerships with health services providers. These partnerships--whether they are in health care or health sciences research--need to be increased and Strengthened. By informing these businesses of the existence of HSTE they will see our programs as a source of future employees. However, they also must see the need that HSTE has for their input regarding future employment needs, for training partnerships and for other physical means of supporting programs.
5. HSTE must continue to address articulation between secondary and post secondary programs. A smooth transition must be sought for students who continue their education beyond high school, as most health sciences careers now demand.
ACTE Special Needs Division Vice President
Occupation: Professor of Education
Employment History: Adjunct Professor, Utah Valley College (2005-Present); Education Consultant; Provo District (2005-Present); Board Member/Chair, Tri Connections (1992-Present); Transition Specialist, Provo District (1972-2005); Adjunct Professor, BYU (2000-2004); Adjunct Professor, University of Utah (1991-1996)
Education: ABD Doctorate, Special Education, University of Utah; M.A., Educational Psychology, BYU; B.S., Family Consumer Science, BYU. Certification in Administration; Vocational Counseling; Transition
ACTE Involvement: Division: Division President/State Representative Utah; Division Representative Region V; Division Awards; Division Representative Resolution Committee. Region: Bylaws Representative; National Bylaws Chair; Region V Bylaws; Region V Legislative; Region V Legislative Chair; Region V Vice President NAVESNR Committees: Bylaws, Resolutions, Legislative, Awards. Other National, State and Local Involvement: Special Needs UACTE Conference Co-chair; UACTE Newsletter; High School Completion Teacher Utah County Jail; Resource Teacher Provo High; Adult Disadvantaged Teacher; Hospital Adolescent Teacher; Homebound Teacher; State Study Round Table; Human Relations Commission; Transition Committee; Chair/board Independent Living Center; Board/ treasurer ARC
The office of the Vice President for the Special Needs Division covers an area in constant change with a never-ending series of challenges. Not only are there ongoing concerns about division/ACTE membership and the financial stability of ACTE, but also the field is vast and diverse. Because of the diversity of this Division, it is important to select someone who has a wide variety of experience, and the ability to represent the different facets of this Division in a manner that will further the goals of the professionalism and quality vocational-technical programs. In addition, they must have the ability to effectively determine the needs of all areas and to articulate those needs accurately.
I feel that a major role of this position is to bring together professionals to exchange ideas, stimulate research, and promote expertise in key areas of this fast-growing field in a manner that will better serve its members. Additionally, it will be important to consistently further public awareness of special populations and their unique needs which will decrease fear and discrimination by positively representing their abilities. The position of Vice President can facilitate political action on issues which affect the practices and interests of the Division, and it will be judiciously important to maintain an active position on the ACTE Board.
Occupation: Intervention Program Specialist
Employment History: Intervention Program Specialist, Georgia Department of Education (August 2004-present); Related Vocational Instruction Coordinator, Douglas County School System (1979-2004)
ACTE Involvement: Division: ACTE/GACTE/ GAVESNP Member (1994-present); ACTE National Convention Delegate (1997-present); ACTE Co-Presenter, Special Needs Programs in Georgia (2002-2003). Committees: ACTE/SND Policy Committee Member (1997-present); ACTE/SND Membership Committee Member (2001-present); ACTE/SND Cultural Diversity Board Member (1997-2001); ACTE Membership Alternate Vice-Chair (2005). Other National, State and Local Involvement: President Special Needs Division, Georgia (1996-1998); Vice-President State Board Liaison.
Being involved in career and technical education over the years, I have learned that the best educators are those who are willing to be students. The experiences that have led me to develop my own personal styles have all been lessons that I have learned from my students.
As your SND Vice President, I pledge to be involved, active and take a stand on issues that affect Special Needs and career and technical education. I believe it is also important for our members to become involved and active in the issues. To make that happen they must be informed. Communication is often the key to keeping our members involved and active.
I believe our most important asset is our students. Our goal is to educate and provide career opportunities for them to be successful as they enter the world of work. With this in mind, as a leader in the organization it is important for me to share that with others. Also, we must share with others the importance of students being able to reach their goals and have the opportunity to focus on a career of their choosing. Because of their exposure in career areas, they will be able to make logical and mature choices that affect their future goals and earning potential.
To be a leader you must have a passion for your profession and willingness to take risk. I believe my experiences with ACTE and my state organization have provided me with the experiences to help in reaching the goals of ACTE and the Special Needs Division.
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