GACTE Member Awards Guidelines
These awards recognize excellence and dedication within the field of career and technical education among our association members. We seek to commemorate exceptional individuals who have contributed to the success of CTE through the quality of their work and their involvement in the CTE community.
The nominees will be evaluated using the following criteria:
- Accomplishments and innovations that exhibit the quality of the candidate for the award
- Contributions to the CTE community (can include activities within their institutions, communities, GACTE and ACTE and other organizations)
2018 Awards Committee
Marina Ortiz|Lanier County High Schoolfirstname.lastname@example.org
Angela Rucker|B T Washington HSemail@example.com
Dr. Janet Burns (firstname.lastname@example.org) – ACCT
Monica Crenshaw (Monica.email@example.com.
Lucretia Gant (firstname.lastname@example.org) – GaeTE
Donna Kurdelmeier (email@example.com) – GATFACS
Elnora Hill (firstname.lastname@example.org) – GBEA
Kimye Rainge (email@example.com) – GMEA
Veronica Sander (firstname.lastname@example.org) – GVATA
Kathy Peake (Kathy.email@example.com) – HSTEA
Major Larry Sparks (firstname.lastname@example.org) – JROTC
Dr. Charles Backus (email@example.com) – TIEGA
Cheryl Deas (Cheryl_deas@gwinnett.k12.ga.us) – WBL/YAP
GACTE Postsecondary Teacher of the Year
GACTE Administrator of the Year
GACTE New Teacher of the Year
GACTE Teacher of the Year
GACTE Career Guidance Award
GACTE Carl Perkins Outstanding Service Award
GACTE Policymaker of the Year Award
To be considered for each respective award, the following information must be included: (Incomplete information will not be scored.)
Applicant contact & membership information(all candidates must be ACTE/GACTE members to compete at the State level).
Letter of introduction including the following:
a. A brief overview of the applicant (i.e. short biography/background information)
b. A brief summary of the candidate’s qualifications for this award
(Note: Letter of Introduction should not exceed 350 words in length.)
Support Information–Please summarize the strengths of the candidate for this award. Include the following:
a. Accomplishments/innovations that exhibit the quality of the candidate.
b. Contributions to the CTE community (can include activities within institutions, communities or GACTE and ACTE and other organizations).
(Note: Support should not exceed 1000 words in length.)
Letters of Support–Each applicant is required to submit two (2) letters of support recommending the candidate as relates to the above areas. The letters should come from two of the following: a supervisor, parent/guardian, student, or community leader. If you are applying for Administrator of the Year, an employee may write one of your letters.
Photo/Headshot of the candidate should be digital, high resolution (at least 300 dpi), and submitted in .jpg format. Files 2MB or larger are preferred.
(Note: Photographs will be used for publicity purposes only.)
Candidates selected as division winners should submit their application electronically to the GACTE Division Awards Chair by April 15th. Division nominees should submit materials to their Division Awards Chair by the deadline established by the Division.
The mission of the Awards committee is to ensure the recognition of outstanding achievements by individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to the career and technical education field, to programs that exemplify the highest standards and to organizations that have conducted activities to promote and expand career and technical education. The Awards Committee shall consist of one member from each of the GACTE divisions.
1. The Awards Committee is responsible for all awards or competitions sponsored by GACTE and ACTE.
2. To develop and administer the annual awards program as set forth by the approved guidelines in Standard Operating Procedures below:
The Board of Directors will approve the GACTE awards program and all GACTE award recipients. The categories are as follows:
GACTE Postsecondary Teacher of the Year: The award will be presented each year at the annual conference. The purpose of this award is to recognize an individual career and technical educator not eligible for the GACTE Teacher of the Year Award who is currently employed as a full-time postsecondary CTE teacher/educator. All candidates must hold this position and be an ACTE/GACTE member by the State deadline of April 15.
GACTE Administrator of the Year: The award will be presented each year at the annual conference. The purpose of this award is to recognize an individual career and technical educator not eligible for the GACTE Teacher of the Year Award who is currently employed as a full-time CTE administrator, program specialist, coordinator, and all other CTE personnel and staff (not employed as teachers or guidance professionals). Candidates do not need to be a member of the ACTE Administrative Division to qualify for this award. All candidates must hold this position and be an ACTE/GACTE member by the State deadline of April 15.
GACTE New Teacher of the Year: The award will be presented each year at the annual conference. The purpose of this award is to recognize an individual currently employed as a full-time classroom/laboratory CTE teacher at the middle, secondary, or postsecondary level, who are new to the teaching profession with 3-5 years of experience. All candidates must hold this position and be an ACTE/GACTE member by the State deadline of April 15.
GACTE Teacher of the Year: The award will be presented each year at the annual conference. The purpose of this award is to recognize an individual currently employed as a full-time classroom/laboratory CTE teacher at the middle or secondary school level. All candidates must hold this position and be an ACTE/GACTE member by the State deadline of April 15. In July the ACTE Board approved a very minor change to the requirement for Teacher of the Year. Candidates now must have 5 yeas’ experience or more. This change is reflected on the ACTE online guidelines.
GACTE Career Guidance Award: The award will be presented each year at the annual conference. The purpose of this award
is to recognize an individual currently employed as a full-time school counselor and/or career development professional
involved in CTE. All candidates must hold this position and be an ACTE/GACTE member by the State deadline of April 15.
GACTE Carl Perkins Outstanding Service Award: The award will be presented each year at the annual conference. The purpose of this award is to recognize individual ACTE/GACTE members who have displayed a dedication to the improvement of CTE’s impact on the lives of individuals and communities are eligible recipients of this award. This award was established in 1985 in honor of the late Rep. Perkins and is designed to recognize individuals who have demonstrated the same humanitarian concerns exemplified by Rep. Perkins.
GACTE Policymaker of the Year Award: The award is presented annually by GACTE to a state recognized policymaker who has made a contribution of state, regional, and/or national significance to career and technical education. Recommendations for the Policymaker of the Year shall be made by the Legislative Committee in consultation with the GACTE Executive Director.
Award recipients may not ask for an honorarium to be paid for speaking engagements while representing GACTE during the year they serve as award winners. However, if an organization or other group offers to pay an honorarium to an individual recipient, it is permissible for the award recipient to accept such payments. The award recipient should request to be reimbursed by the host organization for all travel and related expenses incurred in conjunction with speaking engagements. If the GACTE Board makes the request of the individual, then the Executive Committee may make the decision to pay mileage and/or other travel expensed incurred if there is no other funding source.
GACTE may accept paid sponsorship of some or all awards from outside organizations. If such sponsorship occurs, the names of all awards affected will be changed to incorporate the sponsoring company or organization’s name. The request would be made to the Executive Committee for consideration, and then voted on by the Board.
The Executive Committee may approve recognition of a Georgia leader for special presentation with an appropriate plaque or certificate.
3. The GACTE Awards committee will serve to identify and recommend to the Board of Directors new avenues for recognizing achievement in the profession and the association.
GACTE Awards Chair appointed by the GACTE President
Committee members are all division VPs or their designated division representatives
Committee members will be judges
Each division should have an awards committee, headed by an awards chairperson. The make-up of the committee should be determined by the division. That committee should be responsible for selecting a Teacher of the Year, Postsecondary Teacher of the Year, Administrator of the Year, New Teacher of the Year, Carl Perkins Outstanding Service Award, and Career and Guidance Award to represent the division in the GACTE competition. All applications must be submitted to the division awards chair and postmarked no later than April 1. The division awards chair is responsible for making sure all winners are qualified as specified by the awards qualifications posted on the GACTE website.
The Qualifications for Awards, Award Application Form, Awards Procedures/Deadlines, and contact information for each division representative on the GACTE Awards Committee will be posted on the GACTE website at www.gacte.org.
Only ONE nominee from each division may compete at the GACTE level for each award. There are 12 divisions.
GACTE Awards Committee members must submit a completed application packet for each of their division winners to the GACTE Awards Chair, as published each year at the beginning of the nomination process. All packets must be received electronically or postmarked by May 1 in order for nominees to be considered for GACTE awards. This deadline will be STRICTLY enforced.
An evaluation form adapted from the form used by the ACTE National Awards Committee will be used at the GACTE level to evaluate nominees. Nominees will be evaluated by GACTE Awards Committee members no later than June 1.
Winners will be recognized at the annual GACTE Conference in July.
The GACTE Awards Chair will upload the completed awards application packet via the ACTE awards portal for each nominee for competition at the Region II level according to the deadline and procedures specified on the ACTE website, acteonline.org. An electronic copy will also be sent to the Region II Awards Chair.