Region Report: Region II


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Connie Smithson is serving the first year of a three-year term as ACTE Region II vice president. Raised in Tennessee and proud of her southern roots, she enjoys working with other career and technical education professionals of Reigon II, including Alabama, the Bahamas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and the Virgin Islands. Smithson serves on the ACTE Subcommittee on Program Improvement and Policy Development, Elections Ad Hoc Committee and is the board liaison to the Awards Committee. Serving as conference program chair for the regions, she is working with other region vice presidents to develop exciting "Best Practices" roundtables for the State Association Leadership Meeting in Las Vegas. Smithson has served the Tennessee Association for Career and Technical Education as FACS Division representative, secretary, Region II representative and president.

Smithson holds a B.S. in vocational home economics education from Tennessee Technological University and an M.S. in vocational technical education from the University of Tennessee. She has been active in career and technical education for more than two decades--first in adult education programs and then as a family and consumer sciences teacher. Currently employed by the Hamilton County School System in Chattanooga, Tenn., Smithson teaches family and consumer sciences at Hixson High School. Her passion for community service projects led her to develop a service-learning curriculum and program that have received local, state and national recognition. She has been awarded numerous grants from Quest International and the Tennessee Commission on National and Community Service. In 1998, Smithson was named the ACTE Teacher of the Year and a Master Service-Learning Teacher by the Tennessee Commission on National and Community Service. One of her favorite roles is serving as a master FCCLA advisor and district FCCLA STAR events coordinator. "Encouraging my students to become involved in the leadership development and service opportunities available through FCCLA is absolutely the most rewarding teaching experience," remarks Smithson. She has also developed an extensive leadership development course that is in its fifth year of implementation at Hixson High. In her spare time, Smithson serves as a service-learning consultant to school systems in Tennessee and Georgia. …

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