Magazine article Techniques

Pathway to the Future

Magazine article Techniques

Pathway to the Future

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I AM SO THRILLED TO BE WRITING MY FIRST MEMBERSHIP MESSAGE as your President for the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE). When I started down my professional pathway as a teacher nearly 18 years ago, I would have never imagined that it would lead to such an honored position of representing career and technical education (CTE) in such a distinguished way.

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As I reflect on the path that led me to this point, it reminds me of the Broadway musical that my daughter Alyssa and 1 went to see this past summer. The play is called Wicked and you may have heard of it or, better yet, you may have seen it. It is a rendition of the childhood classic The Wizard of Oz in a new time and a new place. And just as in the story of The Wizard of Oz, it is true that in each of our lives and careers there are people who serve as pathfinders, mentors, advisers, colleagues, traveling companions, and, yes, there are always obstacles to face that seem impossible at the time to overcome. But as the story goes, there is a happy ending for all of those who believe in their future.

My journey to serve as your President has offered me the opportunity to meet many people who deserve my thanks and appreciation, starting with ACTE Past President Coleen Keffeler. Coleen has led our organization with great courage and set our Association on a journey for continued success. ACTE is fortunate to have leadership at every level. My friends and colleagues in school districts throughout the country, the represented board of directors at the local, state, regional, divisional and national level, and the national staff all add strengths to the community we call ACTE. …

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