IACTE Award Winners

The Illinois Association for Career and Technical Education Awards Program seeks to promote excellence in career and technical education by recognizing individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to the field, programs that exemplify the highest standards and organizations that have conducted activities to promote and expand career and technical education programs.

The IACTE Awards Program was presented at the Awards Dinner on Thursday, February 16, 2017, at the IACTE Annual Conference. At that time, the recipients of the awards were honored.

The following individual awards were presented:

  • Administrator of the Year – Dr. Jason Hlavacs
  • Carl Perkins Community Service – Regina Birch
  • New Teacher of the Year – Elizabeth Chambers
  • Lifetime Achievement – Dede Woodard
  • Teacher of the Year – Tim McDermott
  • Career Guidance - Julia Ann Oglesby
  • Postsecondary Teacher of the Year - Dr. Sally Arnett-Hartwick
  • Champion of the Year - Dr. Ken Wallace
  • Business of the Year - Chicagoland Speedway & Route 66 Raceway

These award recipients have the opportunity to have their names moved forward to the Region level. The Region winners will be announced at the Region III Conference in Indianapolis, IN, June 21-23, 2017. The applications of those eligible recipients have been entered into the new ACTE Awards Portal.

The Awards Portal is a stand-alone website where applications can be submitted directly online. This new portal simplifies the application process for members, as well as facilitates a better transition between State, Region and National award levels and reduces the hours spent collecting applications. The Awards Portal is an accessible and manageable tool that offers the following benefits: a common destination for applications, a consistent process and ease of communication. It is our hope that making this process simpler will make it easier to recognize excellence among our members. Please consider nominating individuals that you believe are deserving of the IACTE Member Awards!

The vision, mission and goals of IACTE cannot be met without the work, cooperation and dedication of each of its affiliates. The IACTE Affiliate Professionalism Award recognizes those affiliates whose achievements promote the mission of IACTE. Affiliates are eligible to receive this award each year. Those affiliates presented with these awards were as follows:

  • Silver Level - IBEA and ICTA
  • Largest Affiliate - IAVAT
  • Largest Increase in IACTE Members - IAVAT
  • Greatest Percentage Increase in IACTE Members - INRS

- Dede Woodard & Elizabeth Kaufman, IACTE Awards Co-Chairs


2017 IACTE Award Recipients

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