CANDIDATE FOR PRESIDENT-ELECT

J. Dustin Davis Platform Statement

My name is Dustin Davis, and I am running for the office of President Elect for the Georgia Association for Career & Technical Education.  I spent thirteen years teaching Business Education and Family and Consumer Science, and I am currently an Instructional Coach in the Office of Academies and CTE for Gwinnett County Public Schools.  In my current role, I have the opportunity to work with teachers and students in all areas of CTAE.

I became a CTAE teacher because of my Business Education experience at Dawson County High School.  Since taking my first accounting class with Mrs. Dianne Mayfield, I knew that I wanted to be a Business Education teacher and FBLA Adviser.  I became a CTAE teacher because I wanted to teach students the skills that are necessary to become successful in both college and career.

I am running for GACTE President Elect because I want to give back to the profession that has given so much to me.  I am passionate about the value and benefits of CTAE, and I want to advocate for every CTAE teacher and student.  When we build strong CTAE programs across our state, we build a solid foundation for our future.

As your President, I want to continue to strengthen our organization both fiscally and philosophically.  I want GACTE to continue to increase its membership.  To do this, we must share the value of GACTE with our colleagues.  CTAE is the foundation for building tomorrow’s workforce.

As President, I want to see GACTE continue to work closely with the GaDOE and the CTAE Resource Network to provide excellent professional development.  The only constant in CTAE is change, so it is important that our CTAE teachers stay on top of the latest industry trends.  We owe it to our students to adequately prepare them for work and post-secondary education.

I want to see GACTE place a bigger emphasis on helping new teachers who come from industry and have no prior classroom experience.  I want to see GACTE formulate a mentorship program that will pair a veteran teacher with a new teacher in hopes of developing and retaining good teachers.  I also want to see the continuation of the CTAE LEAD program to help inspire CTAE teachers to become leaders within our profession and within our organization.

It would be a great honor to represent you as the President of GACTE.  As your President, I will serve you and the organization with fidelity and integrity.

CANDIDATES FOR TREASURER

Timothy B. Hobbs Platform Statement

CTAE, The Best for Georgia’s Students and Industry

I would like the opportunity to be the Treasurer for GACTE because I feel that it will allow me an opportunity to support CTAE students, teachers and industry partners to make CTAE programs in Georgia the best opportunity for student success and to build the best workforce Georgia’s industry has ever had.

Recently I had the opportunity to travel to Washington, D.C. with an outstanding group of people from Georgia’s GACTE. Among this group were some students that gave me a new motivation for something that has been a part of my life since my high school career, Career Technical and Agricultural Education (CTAE). The testimonies that these students gave to the members of Congress shows that they have developed trade skills, leadership skills and the ability to be successful in their career choice. So what makes CTAE programs more than just, “a shop class?”

There are many important pieces that make Georgia’s CTAE programs the successes they are. Teachers dedicate themselves to being the best in their content areas and have a desire to share their knowledge and success with the students in the many content areas in our schools. The common thread that I see in the professionals who teach Georgia’s CTAE students is the desire to build relationships with students. This does not happen in any other institution offering career education in the State of Georgia. CTAE teachers understand students that come into their classrooms come from many different lifestyles. They understand that what they offer their students can promote them to reaching their dreams and life goals. Teachers work tirelessly late into the evening and on weekends to make sure students are prepared for a classroom or lab project, a competitive event or a test. Georgia’s CTAE teachers are hardworking individuals that give unselfishly to promote student success.

Our partners in the industries that represent our CTAE content areas are quick to praise and support the programs in the middle and high schools across the state. Many have expressed a strong desire to hire students from high school CTAE programs because these students have the skills and work ethics needed to mold them into employees industry needs to achieve success in their companies. These partnerships with industry leaders helps our programs and teachers stay on the leading edge and to be the best for our students. The collaboration with industry partners makes our CTAE programs the best in career education. It is understood that the relationships with our industry leaders allows our students to see there is opportunity for them to use the skills and leadership they have learned in their CTAE programs.

Lastly, I would like to recognize the leadership that helps mold and support the CTAE programs of Georgia. Students and teachers need the support that is offered through the funding, curriculum, labs, consumables and technology. Support that comes from leadership allows our teachers to do what they know best, share their career with students.  Teacher certification makes sure our teachers are prepared for the classroom and train students to be the best in their career choice.


Cindy Quinlan Platform Statement

Fellow colleagues and teachers, my name is Cindy Quinlan, and I am running for treasurer of this great GACTE organization. I believe that with some of my ideas we can expand our budget and be able to give back to our members and partners in a way they deserve.

One reason I feel I am qualified for this job is that I have been active in both GACTE and ACTE on the state and national levels for several years.  I have served previously on the GACTE Board of Directors as the Vice President of Marketing Education.  In this position, I have become well-versed in the operations of the GACTE Board.  Over the years, I have thoroughly enjoyed my work with GACTE and would love the opportunity to continue my involvement by serving as the organization’s Treasurer.  On the national level for ACTE, I have contributed to the CTE community as a published writer in ACTE Techniques, participated as an ACTE Educator in Action, presented at numerous conferences, and have represented the organization as the 2016 National ACTE Teacher of the Year for my work with entrepreneurship education.

The second reason you should elect me as GACTE Treasurer is simply that I know how to budget and handle money. In fact, my grandmother who is my mentor was the first female officer of Trust Company, which is now known to us as SunTrust Bank.  She climbed the corporate ladder as an entry level secretary to become the Assistant Vice President of Tax through hard work and perseverance.  As a little girl, she instilled in me the value of a hard-earned dollar and how to use money wisely.  She was there when I opened my first checking account, and she sat next to me when I filed my first income tax forms.  When the time came, she was the one who helped me study for my teacher certification in business education.

Today, I am certified in both business and marketing education, which has afforded me the opportunity to teach a wide array of classes in the areas of finance, accounting, and entrepreneurship.   My knowledge of these subjects, paired with the sense of responsibility from my grandmother, will be utilized to perform my duties as GACTE Treasurer and allow me to contribute to the GACTE organization beyond what is expected. If given the opportunity to be your representative, I will manage the budget in a wise, respectful manner.


 

GACTE Executive Board

The Executive Board, consisting of the President, President-Elect, Secretary, and Treasurer, is elected by the GACTE membership.

  • President
  • President-Elect (yearly)
  • Past President
  • Secretary (expires 2018)
  • Treasurer (expires 2017)

Note: In 2017, President-Elect and Treasurer will be open for election.

And Vice Presidents from the following divisions:

  • Administration
  • Agricultural Education
  • Trade & Industrial Education
  • Business Education
  • Engineering and Technology Education
  • Family and Consumer Sciences Education
  • Guidance & Career Development
  • Healthcare Science Technology Education
  • Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps
  • Marketing Education
  • Special Populations
  • Work-Based Learning/Youth Apprenticeship

Each division may nominate a candidate for the office of president-elect and secretary except for a division having a member currently serving in that office on the Executive Committee.  In 2017, the candidate for President Elect cannot come from the Work-Based Learning/Youth Apprenticeship division and the candidate for Treasurer cannot come from the Business Education division.  Individuals from the following membership classifications shall be considered eligible for voting and serving as officers:

  • Professional Member
  • Life Member

Members choosing dual affiliations may hold office representing only their primary division. Members holding dual division membership shall have only one vote in matters pertaining to the Association.

The following membership classification is eligible to run for office:

  • Professional Member

Qualifications for Officers

The president-elect shall:

  • Be a professional ACTE/GACTE member in good standing for at least four (4) consecutive years.
  • Have served within the past five years as a GACTE voting Board Member, GACTE Division Vice President, or a GACTE Division President.
  • Be a recognized leader in the division.
  • Promote all phases of career and technical education and be willing to lend support to all divisions of GACTE.
  • Support and promote the Program of Work of the Association.
  • Be able to give a sufficient amount of time to carry out the duties of the office. (NOTE: The President-Elect will be expected to attend all meetings of the GACTE Board of Directors which meets quarterly and the GACTE Conference Planning Committee which meets regularly throughout the year. During the official year of presidency, the President is expected to attend the ACTE Convention and Career Tech Expo, ACTE National Policy Seminar, GACTE CTSO Legislative Breakfast, and be on-call during the Georgia General Assembly legislative session to come to the State Capitol on behalf of CTAE as needed.)

The president-elect shall serve for a period of one year prior to assuming the duties of the president. The president-elect shall perform such duties as directed by the Board of Directors and/or the Executive Committee.

The secretary shall:

  • Be a professional ACTE/GACTE member in good standing for at least three (3) consecutive years.
  • Be a recognized leader in the division.
  • Promote all phases of career and technical education and be willing to lend support to all divisions of GACTE.
  • Support and promote the Strategic Plan of the Association.
  • Be able to give a sufficient amount of time to carry out the duties of the office.

The treasurer shall:

  • Be a professional ACTE/GACTE member in good standing for at least three (3) consecutive years.
  • Be a recognized leader in the division.
  • Promote all phases of career and technical education and be willing to lend support to all divisions of GACTE.
  • Support and promote the Strategic Plan of the Association.
  • Be able to give a sufficient amount of time to carry out the duties of the office.

The treasurer shall maintain, report, and account for all Association finances and perform such duties as directed by the Board of Directors and/or the Executive Committee. This is a 3-year term of office.

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