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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.

2022 IACTE Award Recipients

The IACTE Award Winner were announced during the virtual IACTE Conference Thursday, February 17, 2022.

The following individual awards were presented:

  • Administrator of the Year – Lynne Benson
  • Carl Perkins Community Service – Jody Heavner
  • Lifetime Achievement – Regina Birch
  • Teacher of the Year – Sue Schafer
  • Career Guidance -Lucas Allen
  • Teacher Educator of the Year - Jay Solomonson
  • Post-secondary Teacher of the Year - Brad Angus
  • New Teacher of the Year- Patricia Krummrich

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 Des Moines, IA, June 15- 17. The applications of those eligible recipients have been entered into the ACTE Awards Portal.

IACTE Affiliate 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:

  • Gold Level - ICTA  and IFACSTA
  • Bronze Level - IBEA and INRS
  • Largest Affiliate - IAVAT
  • Largest Increase in IACTE Members -ICTA
  • Greatest Percentage Increase in IACTE Members - ICTESSPA
  • - Alice Slager and Neal Kauffman, IACTE Awards Co-Chairs


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Please consider nominating individuals that you believe are deserving of the IACTE Member Awards!

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Access the ACTE Awards Portal