SUWANEE, GEORGIA, July 2018—
The annual Georgia Association of Career and Technical Educators (GACTE) was a showcase of Gwinnett County Public School’s Career and Technical Education (CTE) teachers and their talents. The conference was held in Athens, Georgia from July 15 through 17 in its 71st year of supporting and celebrating CTE teachers and courses across the state. On the last day of the conference, attendees witnessed Gwinnett’s CTE teachers as finalist in several awards categories and saw Dustin Davis, a former business and finance teacher at Brookwood High School and current instructional coach within the Academies and CTE office, elevated to the position of president for GACTE for the 2018-19 calendar year.
Teacher of the Year Awards finalists included South Gwinnett High School marketing teacher, Kimya Rainge for New Teacher of the Year, Discovery High School JROTC instructor, Lt. Col. Rob Booker for Teacher of the Year, and Shiloh High School healthcare teacher, Dr. Krystal Tomlin for Post-Secondary Teacher of the Year. In addition, Maxwell School of Technology’s principal, Jell Hall, was a finalist for Administrator of the Year and business teacher Keri Beth Jones of Dacula Middle School was a finalist for the Carl Perkins Outstanding Service Award, which the GACTE website describes as teachers “who have used CTE to make a significant impact on their community and demonstrated leadership in programs and activities that promote student involvement in community service”.
Beyond the numerous award finalists, GCPS also had a strong contingent of teachers presenting each day of the conference, sharing best practices and leading the way instructionally for teachers across the state. As career and technical education becomes a stronger focus across the country, GCPS will continue to work to lead the way for students and teachers alike in the pursuit of career and college readiness at both the state and national level.