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The 'X-Factor'

Magazine article Techniques

The 'X-Factor'

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ACTE recognizes members from a wide variety of backgrounds, positions, content areas and locations across the nation for their contributions and innovations in CTE. So what qualities do the best in CTE have in common? This year's Member Award winners are distinguished by their resourcefulness in the face of adversity, their passion for CTE and the undeniable impact they have had on their students and communities. These individuals exemplify the highest standards and embody the core values of serving their students and being committed to CTE. Their stories are a powerful testament to the impact CTE programs are making on students and communities across the nation, and ACTE is proud to offer a platform to share their voice. Go to to watch their interviews and hear their stories.

By establishing new dual credit opportunities, increasing emphasis on career exploration and bringing in more than $900,000 to support rigorous CTE programs, Gregory Shipp has elevated I he rate of postsecondary success for students in his school district. As a staunch advocate for high-quality CTE, he eschews the label of "non-college-bound" students.

In developing a comprehensive, developmentally appropriate career guidance program for pre-kindergarten through 12th grade, Jeanie Bragg has dramatically increased awareness of career pathways in her district. As one of four counselors responsible for over 25,000 students, she has guided students to earn value-added diplomas and build professional portfolios through pursuing CTE programs of study.


Four years after leaving a career in human resources to become a marketing teacher, Eric Mathews now coaches to success successively larger groups in his DECA chapter. As part of a statewide team of teachers, he led an initiative to leach global skills and competencies to CTE students, and he was tapped to participate in the Aspiring Principals Academy.

During her 28 years as a Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS) teacher, Leslie Watkins wrote and was awarded 25 grants, and she has also served as a teacher-mentor and adjunct professor. …

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