2016 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:

sheree-moserACTEN Post Secondary Teacher of the Year
Sheree Moser, 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.”

cathy-klochOutstanding Career and Technical Teacher of the Year

Cathy Kloch, Alliance Public Schools

Cathy Kloch is a Family and Consumer Sciences teacher and FCCLA advisor at Alliance Public Schools. Cathy started the FCCLA chapter at Alliance in 1977.  Her teaching philosophy is based on the fact that teachers need to treat every child with respect and the expectation that every student will live up to his/her potential. As an FCCLA adviser, she is constantly working to help her FCCLA members develop leadership and life skills, make decisions, become productive members of the community, and work together as a team. During those 39 years as an adviser, she has had many state officers and national competitors. Cathy has served on the State FCCLA board, is the FCS representative to the ACTEN board, and is the CTE Department Chair at Alliance High School.  While on the ACTEN board, she has served on the Public Relations, Membership, Nominating, and Awards Committees. As department chair, she works with other teachers to identify needs that can be met by the Perkins Grant, possible class offerings, and keeping them appraised of decisions made in the DLT meetings. Cathy’s principal writes, ‘It is clear that Cathy is a champion of kids. Cathy has been, and will continue to be devoted to being the best kind of teacher.”

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ACTEN Outstanding Business Teacher of the Year

Tennille Allison, Kearney High School

Tennille Allison is a business instructor at Kearney High School.  In her current position, she teaches business and technology classes, is an FBLA adviser, National Honor Society Sponsor, Carl D. Perkins Grant Manager, Microsoft IT Academy Program Administrator, and Business Department Head. Tennille is a member of ACTE and the Nebraska State Business Education Association. In these professional organizations, she has served as the Business Representative to the ACTEN board and currently serves as the newsletter editor of NSBEA. As an FBLA adviser, she has served on the Nebraska FBLA Board of Directors. Tennille is a 10-year winner of the BEST Award for NSBEA. In 2007 she received the ACTEN New teacher of the Year Award. As an FBLA adviser, she facilitates and coaches the Nebraska FBLA Parliamentary Procedure Team. In her own local chapter, she has had numerous students qualify for national competition.  On the state level, Tennille has been part of two standards writing teams for NDE.  The courses she contributed to were Entrepreneurship and Information Technology. In the classroom, she works strongly to support career and technical education. Her school underwent a school improvement analysis for CTE.  As a result, there is a new high school being built centered on a career field model. Tennille has been involved in the transition process by helping design the building, participating in planning committees, and assisting with professional development. Her principal writes, ”Tennille is the prototype of what a career and technical educator/advisor should look like. She commits countless hours to students to ensure their success and her resume proves this.”

kelsey-kummer

ACTEN Outstanding New Teacher of the Year 

Kelsey Kummer, Millard Public Schools

Kelsey Kummer’s path to a career as a Family and Consumer Sciences teacher began when she stepped into her first introduction course in 7th grade.  Her high school education lead her to achieve success through FCCLA and eventually serving as a state officer. With these positive experiences in FCS, Kelsey decided a career in FCS Education would encompass her ideal career. Before her first teaching job, she attended the NCE Conference to earn her ServSafe Certification and participate in professional development to prepare her for the strenuous year ahead.  While at the conference, another FCS teacher took her under her wing and encouraged her to be involved in her professional organizations. Kelsey now serves as the membership chair for FCSTN. Kelsey is always looking for ways to improve her teaching skills. She attended the Nebraska Food Project Conference, the Beginning Teacher Institute sponsored by NDE, and was a participant in NEXUS. As an educator, she has started two chapters of FCCLA. Since FCCLA was a huge part of her academic success, she wanted to provide this opportunity for her own students.  Kelsey also serves on numerous committees for her school district. Kelsey says the best way to define her qualifications for this award is through her Gallup Strengths. Her top strength is WOO which stands for Winning Over Others. As the FCSTN membership chair, she gets to use her WOO to encourage others to join the organization.

janelle-stansberryACTEN Carl Perkins Community Service Award

Janelle Stansberry, Cedar Bluffs Public Schools

Janelle Stansberry has been at Cedar Bluffs Public Schools for thirty years.  She serves as the business instructor, career readiness counselor, technology coordinator, assistant track coach, and head volleyball coach.  When she began her career at Cedar Bluffs, the district had six Apple II computers.  Under her leadership and vision, the entire school is now in a 1:1 environment.  Because of her outstanding instructional practices, she has received many awards including the Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award, the NSBEA Secondary Teacher of the Year, and the ACTEN Teacher of the Year.  Janelle is a member of ACTE/ACTEN, the Nebraska State Business Education Association, and Delta Pi Epsilon. While in these organizations, she has held many leadership positions including serving as the Business Education Representative to the ACTEN board. Nine years ago, Ms. Stansberry encouraged the administration to allow her to charter a Future Business Leaders of America Chapter. Soon after chartering the FBLA Chapter, she began looking for opportunities for her members to perform service-oriented projects.  They started with small projects such as community clean up days and raking leaves. Once the community knew of their willingness to help the community, the Chapter members were approached to help out in a variety of ways.  Those activities include hosting a Halloween Carnival, ringing bells for the Salvation Army, organizing an Easter Egg Hunt, painting house numbers on curbs, and so much more.  On average the FBLA Chapter gives over one thousand hours of time yearly to the school and community. Her community service goes beyond FBLA. She served as an Awana Group Leaders, is a non-paid technology consultant for a local parochial school, a volunteer instructor for adult computer education classes, and a YMCA coach. A colleague writes “Janelle has a passion to show our children that helping out those who are in need or just providing an extra service that brightens someone’s day is important.”

janine-krohnACTEN Outstanding Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher of the Year

Janine Krohn, Norfolk Public Schools

Janine Krohn began teaching in 1991 and has introduced Career Education to over 7000 students.  With her passion for teaching and career education, she plans to continue the mission of providing quality career education for all students.  Professional development is very important to Janine.  She is a member of ACTE/ACTEN, FCSTN, and the Nebraska Education Association.  She has attended the NCE Conference each year, the ACTE CareerTech Vision conference, FACS workshops, and the Nebraska Association of Family and Consumer Sciences conferences.  She currently serves on the FCSTN Advisory Board and heads the Bucket Auction fundraising committee. Janine was the 2015 recipient of the FCSTN Teacher of the Year award. As an FCS teacher, Janine has designed her classes to allow students to use technology to explore and learn life skills that are essential for success in school, career, and family life. Janine continually updates, differentiates, and adjusts curriculum to ensure all students experience projects that encourage them to think about their future careers and the importance of preparing for their future. Ms. Krohn works with the CTE educators at Norfolk Public Schools to ensure the continued development of their Career Academies and plays a key role in aligning curriculum to meet the needs of the district initiative allowing all students exposure to career clusters and an opportunity to enroll in a Career Academy. As a middle school teacher, her principal recognizes her ability to connect with middle schools students, her innovative classroom instructions methods, and her strong knowledge of state and local curriculum.

beverly-newton2016 ACTEN Member of the Year

Beverly Newton

Beverly Newton is a face nearly every regular NCE Conference attendee has come to know well. Last June, Bev retired from the Nebraska Department of Education as the Career Field Specialist for Communications and Information Systems and as the State Chairperson for Nebraska Future Business Leaders of America. The Association for Career and Technical Education of Nebraska recognizes Beverly Newton for her years as a committed member of our organization and for her contributions to Career and Technical Education across the state of Nebraska.  Beverly Newton served Nebraska Career Education at the Nebraska Department of Education for 23 years. Prior to joining NDE, she taught at Waverly and Milford. In 1976, Bev started an FBLA chapter at Waverly. Over the next 39 years, Beverly devoted time, energy, and made Nebraska a national FBLA stand-out.  Beverly has been recognized as an Outstanding Administrator/Supervisor for the Nebraska State Business Education and for the Mountain-Plains Business Education Association. Beverly was also recognized by Delta Pi Epsilon as an Outstanding Educator and by IBM and Technology and Learning Magazine as a Teacher of the Year. Beverly also served multiple terms with National Future Business Leaders of America as a member of and chair of the national awards committee.  Beverly Newton, congratulations on your retirement. Your commitment to Career and Technical Education has made a lasting impact on our state.

delayne-havlovicACTE Region V Outstanding Administrator of the Year
DeLayne Havlovic, Omaha Public Schools

DeLayne Havlovic currently serves as the Curriculum Supervisor in the Omaha Public Schools for business, marketing, information technology, and health sciences.   He is responsible for district wide implementation and continual development of curriculum and career pathways for these disciplines.  He provides instructional coaching, curriculum support, evaluation, and professional development for 125 BMIT and Health Sciences teachers.  He assists with staff development, coordination of Perkins funds, chairs many committees, supports CSO advisers, and the list goes on.  He is a member of a variety of professional organizations.  In these professional organizations he has served as president-elect, president, past president, treasurer, and newsletter editor.  He has served on a variety of committees at the national level including, but not limited to the program director for the 2014 National Business Education Association Convention and the chair of the Legislative and Advocacy Committee for NBEA.  He has attended and served as a presenter for numerous conventions.  As a fellow board member writes, “DeLayne epitomizes quality leadership and dedicated service in his daily responsibilities within Omaha Public Schools and especially in his service to ACTEN and career education in Nebraska.”

 

Congratulations to all and keep up the good work!

 

 

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