2017 Award Recipients

The Crystal Ballroom at Younes Conference Center in Kearney was the place to be in June when outstanding members were recognized by the Association or Career and Technical Education of Nebraska (ACTEN) at the Nebraska Career Education Conference awards luncheon. ACTEN President Kelly Means presented plaques to each recipient. This year’s recipients include:

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ACTEN Teacher of the Year
Ronita Jacobsen, FCS Teacher
Plainview High School

Ronita Jacobsen is the Family and Consumer Sciences teacher at Plainview High School. Ronita has been an active member of ACTEN, FCSTN, and the National Association Teachers of Family and Consumer Sciences since 1994. Her leadership in FCSTN has evolved through the years with her serving on a variety of committees and offices, including president-elect, president and past-president. Jacobsen has continued her leadership within ACTEN by serving as a FCSTN divisional representative. She has also been a member and officer of the Nebraska Career Education and Innovation Fund and has served on the Region V Marketing Committee.

Jacobsen has been active in statewide FCS curriculum writing from its inception. She was most recently the Lead Teacher on the FACS Standards Writing Team-Design Program of Study. Previous years found Jacobsen writing curriculum in a variety of areas: Human Services, Food and Nutritional Science, Law, Public Safety, Security, and Correction, and Life and Career Essentials Financial Literacy and Relationship Literacy. Jacobsen has attended FCS Strategic Planning and Visioning workshops, along with several NEXUS Workshops where Visioning for Nebraska CTE occurred and action plans were created.

In 1999, Ronita re-chartered the Plainview FCCLA Chapter. Members are activity in the community and have competed in district, state, and national competitions. She also chartered an Educator’s Rising Chapter and a Chapter of the National Technical Honor Society. Jacobsen currently sponsors all three programs and their activities. According to one of Ronita’s students, ‘she has high moral standards that she uses to guide her students, work ethics that earn her the respect of her peers, and demonstrates to her students the understanding that working hard is the key to a successful future.’


ACTEN Postsecondary Teacher of the Year
Kathy McCune, Business Instructor
Mid-Plains Community College, North Platte

Kathleen McCune is a business instructor at Mid-Plains Community College in North Platte. Kathleen works closely with others in the Business Division of MPCC to provide courses, degrees, diplomas, and certificates in Business Office Technology. She is involved in selecting, mentoring, and evaluating other faculty that teach in the career and technical fields.   To encourage advanced education in career and technical fields, Kathleen conducts presentations four times a year to the North Platte High School Health Career Academy. To further support and discover emerging issues in business and economic education, Kathleen represents the Business Education Division of the Association of Career and Technical Education (ACTE/BE) on the Policies Commission for Business and Economic Education (PCBEE).   Kathleen has provided articles for NSBEA Today, ACTEN—the Communique, the FBLA Pledge, and recently authored ”Chapter 11: Business Education Curriculum and Assessment Encountered In The Post-Secondary/Community College Setting” for the 2017 NBEA Yearbook

Kathleen has served as a District Representative, President and Past-President of the Nebraska Business Education Association. She was name the NSBEA Post-Secondary Teacher of the Year 2013. She is a member of the National Business Education Association and the Mountain-Plains Business Education Association and was named MPBEA Post-Secondary Teacher of the Year 2014. She is a professional member of Phi Beta Lambda, the past Vice-President of the ARBE-DPE, and is currently a reviewer for the Journal of Research in Business Education.

Kathleen’s involvement in the classroom and, professionally, outside the classroom prepares high-quality CTE programs. As a career and technical educator, Kathleen’s greatest joy is to see former students move from college into careers. To witness students begin a CTE program with few skills and little self-confidence become talented, confident employees is a wonderful, gratifying teaching experience. Students that become successful and skilled employees make us all better.


ACTEN Teacher Educator of the Year
Ramona Schoenrock, Business Instructor
University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Ramona Schoenrock serves as a lecturer for Business Education at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her responsibilities include teaching all the required pedagogy and certification courses leading to a BMIT (Business, Marketing, and Information Technology) endorsement. As a colleague writes “Mona teaches our future business, marketing and information technology (BMIT) teachers. She uses innovative methods to prepare her pre-service students for the classroom. I have observed her using the latest apps, software applications and active learning strategies. She is motivating in her instructional methods and mentors her students through practicums, student teaching and their first years of teaching. She collaborates with other teacher educators to assure her curriculum is current and effective. We are lucky to have Mona teaching BMIT methods!”

Ms. Schoenrock has made significant changes to the program to strengthen the connection between CTE Programs of Study and the core content along with college and career readiness. She is constantly reading research trends and cutting-edge technology to implement such as Integrating current trends in education, adding instruction in Adobe software products, adding instruction in basic computer science, Integrating teaching reading strategies into methods course, integrating instructional strategies that include the use of technology, and modifying course content for students earning a work-based learning supplemental endorsement.

On the professional level, Ramona has been a leader, presenter, and author in several organizations including NSBEA, M-PBEA, NBEA, and NABTE. As a student writes, “Ramona is the hardest working instructor I have had in my five years of college. Despite her busy involvement with the University, National Business Education Association and her community, Ramona always makes time for her students.”

Dusten Bruss

ACTEN Carl Perkin’s Community Service Award
Dusten Bruss, Agricultural Education Teacher
Wilber-Clatonia High School 

Dusten Bruss is the Agricultural Education Teacher and FFA Advisor at Wilber-Clatonia High School. Dusten demonstrates Leadership through many acts of community service. Dusten works diligently when adding a sense of family within the community and demonstrates the importance of cooperation and partnership with multiple businesses and individuals within the communities of Wilber and Clatonia. His FFA Chapter is currently working hard at aiding the community of Wilber in the development and improvement of our already existing NRD water shed. The FFA Chapter has partnered with other CTSOs for a variety of community service projects including raising money for March of Dimes, helping with the Czech Days celebration, collecting food for the food pantry, and cleaning up after national disasters.

Dustin and his FFA members partner with many businesses and groups within the community to support the local residents such as teaming with KWBE Radio Station to feed local farmers during harvest time, acting as Sheep and Goat Superintendent at the Saline County Fair, educating adults and youth on various livestock production practices during the summer months, volunteering as a middle school and Varsity Wrestling Coach, and assisting with Farm Safety Education within the 4-H Organization.

Career development, work based learning, and service learning is a priority for Dusten when preparing his students for the next stage in their lives. Assisting students with SAE opportunities, FFA contests, Job Shadows with local businesses, and Industry field trips, Dusten sparks interest in students that may not otherwise consider an agricultural career and shows them the way in terms of preparation needed to accomplish their goals.


ACTEN Member of the Year
Bonnie Sibert, Curriculum Specialist
Nebraska Department of Education

Bonnie Sibert serves as the Career Field Specialist for Business, Marketing and Management at the Nebraska Department of Education. Bonnie’s duties at NDE include developing program and course standards, providing technical assistance to secondary and postsecondary agencies working with business and marketing education, monitoring Perkins grants, and serving as the Methods of Administration Director for the Office of Civil Rights reviews. Bonnie began her teaching career at Milford High School and then to Geneva High School. She served as a Business Consultant and State FBLE Adviser before becoming a Career Field Specialist. Bonnie is a true professional. Her memberships and offices include the Nebraska Council on Economic Education (NCEE); MBA Research Curriculum Consortium; National Association for Business Education State Supervisors (NABESS) in which she served as president; Delta Pi Epsilon; ACTE and ACTEN member since 1984; American Management Society; and Nebraska State Business Education Association (NSBEA), Mountain-Plains Business Education Association (M-PBEA), and National Business Education Association (NBEA) since 1973. Her honors through the years include Nebraska Teacher of the Year finalist in 1981, NBEA Distinguished Service Award by a Supervisor in 1995; NSBEA Service Award; NBEA Outstanding Supervisor in 1999; ACTEN Service Award, ACTE Outstanding Service Award for Business Education Division in 1997; ACTE Award of Merit for Outstanding Service in 2000; DPE Outstanding Educator; and NABESS Outstanding Leadership Award in 1997. As a member of NBEA, Bonnie served on the Policies Commission for Business and Economic Education and the NBEA Forum Editor for CSOs.

Bonnie exhibits the true spirit and support of career and technical education through her work, professional organizations, and involvement in CSOs. As a colleague writes about Bonnie “You amaze me with your vision and insight for career and technical education. You have mentored, inspired, and praised many rookie and veteran teachers across the state.” One of the many things Bonnie was instrumental in starting was the BEST award. Hundreds of teachers across Nebraska have Belonged, Excelled, Studied and Traveled because of her guidance and support.

Bonnie’s dedication, persistence, and hard work in career and technical education has certainly help make Nebraska a leader in CTE and BMIT.


Sheree Moser

ACTE Region V Postsecondary Teacher of the Year
 Sheree Moser, Assistant Professor of Practice
University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Sheree Moser is an Assistant Professor of Practice at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She teaches within the department of Child, Youth, and Family Studies. Her lifelong passion has been to improve the lives of all individuals and families and working with future teachers. Prior to teaching at UNL, Sheree was a curriculum specialist for Lincoln Public Schools. This experience gave her a unique perspective related to learning styles, designing curriculum, and exposure to a level of diversity not common within most secondary teaching. Her student teachers have commented that they appreciate the way she helps them navigate curriculum, share ideas for implementing lessons, and provide networking experiences within the FCS professional community. Sheree has been a member of ACTE and FCSTN since 1985. She has served as the president-elect, president, and past president of the Nebraska Association of Family and Consumer Sciences and the Family and Consumer Sciences Teachers of Nebraska. She is currently serving as the Newsletter Chair and Student Unit Chair of the organization. Sheree has published several articles, presented at many conferences, and served on a variety of committees for these organizations as well. A colleague writes, “Professor Moser continues to impress me with her dedication to empower children with the skills they will need to succeed in their personal and profession lives alike through her earnest and superior training of teachers.”

Roeber Mike

Region V Hall of Fame Inductee
Mike Roeber, Northeast Community College, Norfolk, Nebraska

Mike Roeber was inducted into the ACTE Region V Hall of Fame during the Region V Conference held in Rapid City, South Dakota on April 8, 2017.

Mike currently serves as an Agriculture Instructor and Livestock Judging Team Coach at Northeast Community College. Mike’s main goal as a CTE teacher is making students productive citizens no matter where they go or what they do for a career in life. As part of his instructor and coaching responsibilities, Mike Roeber conducts many programs and workshops outside of the classroom. Many of these programs, while livestock based, also strive to teach the students those same decision-making and communication skills that they will be able to use as they further their education and/or enter their future career.

Mike believes that professional growth is very important to help a person improve and maintain skills, develop working relationships with their colleagues, and to give something back to those that helped an instructor along the way. Mike Roeber has been a member of the National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE), Nebraska Agricultural Educators Association (NAEA), Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE), and Association for Career and Technical Education of Nebraska (ACTEN) for twenty-eight years. He has held several leadership positions at various times in these organizations, including ACTE Region V Policy Committee and Nominating Committee and ACTE Audit Committee chairman. He served as co-chairman for the 2006 Region V Conference held in Omaha, Nebraska. He has held the positions of Agriculture division representative, treasurer, and president for ACTEN. He has served on the board of directors for the NAEA, Nebraska Vocational Agriculture Foundation, Vocational Foundation of Nebraska, and the National Junior College Livestock Judging Coaches Association. He currently serves as the contest coordinator for the Nebraska State FFA Dairy Evaluation contest, a position that he has held for thirteen years. He currently serves as President of the NACTA (North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture) Judging Contest committee.

Mike Roeber has been recognized several times for his achievements. He has received the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) Excellence in Teaching Award, Northeast Community College Great Performer Award, NAEA Outstanding Teacher, ACTEN Outstanding Agriculture Education Instructor, ACTEN Outstanding Post-Secondary Teacher Award and a finalist for the Region V Outstanding Post-Secondary Teacher Award.

Having spent nearly twenty-eight years in the agricultural education field, Mike Roeber has observed many changes that have taken place. Mike shares these words “The one thing that must be remembered, no matter what is going on in the educational field in general, and the agricultural education arena in particular, is the reason for teaching – the students.”

Congratulations to all our 2017 award winners!

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