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Ohio Association for Career and Technical Education

Educator Awards

2018 Ohio ACTE Educator Awards - Nominations Open - Due Jan. 19

Ohio ACTE Award Nominations are being accepted for the following:

Teacher of the Year
Administrator of the Year
Post-Secondary Teacher of the Year
Outstanding New Career and Technical Teacher
Outstanding CTE Professional in Community Service
Career Guidance Award
Image Award
Ambassador Award
Outstanding School Board Member

Nomination Deadline extended until Jan. 19


2017 Award Winners

Ohio ACTE Teacher of the Year Award

Peter Clark, Butler Technology Career and Development Schools

Peter Clark, a Financial Services Instructor at Butler Tech’s Northwest High School satellite, received his degree in Finance from the Mason School of Business at the College of William & Mary. He started his career on Wall Street as an investment banker, advising hundreds of companies and helping them raise capital to grow their businesses. However, he discovered that his true passion in life was teaching and made the transition to education in 2004. Making a difference in people’s lives is important to Peter, which is why he loves teaching. Every day he has the opportunity to help students learn important financial skills that will help them in their personal and professional lives for years to come. But that’s only the beginning. Outside of class, he is able to work with students through Business Professionals of America. This career technical student organization allows his students to develop leadership skills, get more involved in the local community, compete in business events with other schools, and network with people from across the country. Peter finds it incredibly rewarding to help students grow as individuals, step up as leaders, and prepare for successful futures.

Ohio ACTE Administrator of the Year- Region 1 Winner

Tim Buschur, Tri Star Career Compact   

Tim Buschur has served as Director of Tri Star Career Compact since 2000. Preceding he served as Tri Star assistant director, assistant principal at Coldwater Schools, as well as athletic director. Before his administrative career he was a special education teacher at Fort Recovery and Coldwater Schools. Buschur recently led Tri Star to become one of the first career compact to run a levy for all of its member schools to build a facility at one location. Mr. Buschur has contributed to professional associations by serving as President of Ohio ACTE during 2015-16 and was on the Ohio Legislative Conference Committee for 2 years.  He has served as Co-President and President of Ohio Career Technical Administrators (OCTA), with 8 years on the executive board.  Tim has served as treasurer of the Ohio Association of Comprehensive and Compact Schools (CCS) since 2009, following terms as vice-president and president.  This energetic leadership has established a presence of career-technical education legislatively as well.  Buschur worked with Senate Speaker Keith Faber on the Workforce Development Bill and has testified for career-technical education at the state level.  

Ohio ACTE Post-Secondary Teacher of the Year- Region 1 Winner

Tracy Campbell, Ohio Department of Education 

Tracy Campbell has recently joined the Ohio Department of Education as a Program Specialist, Trade and Industrial Education in the Office of Career-Technical Education.  Previously he was the Chairman of the Transportation Technologies at Owens State Community College.  Tracy has been involved in post-secondary education since 1992 and serves on thirteen secondary and post-secondary advisory committees. He studied Applied Management at Franklin University where he received his Bachelor of Science degree and received his Associates of Applied Science in Automotive Collision Repair at Owens State Community College.  Tracy is ASE Master Certified in Collision Repair and has numerous certifications in other automotive areas, as well as, certifications with American Welding Society and Manufacturers Certifications.  He was named Outstanding Alumnus of Owens State Community College in 1998 and received the Exemplary Administrators Award at Owens State Community College of 2010. Tracy currently resides in Swanton, Ohio.


Ohio ACTE Outstanding New Career and Technical Teacher

Melanie Kirin, Bedford High School 

Melanie joined the staff at Bedford High School as the Marketing Instructor and DECA Advisor in 2013.  Melanie currently is the Marketing Pathway Director and teaches Marketing Applications, International Business, Digital Marketing, Strategic Entrepreneurship and the Cooperative Education Work Experience program.  Melanie enjoys using her previous work experience in her classroom to engage students in meaningful content applications.  Prior to joining the BHS team, Melanie worked for Proximity Marketing as the Director of Marketing, Long Pointe Media, Flight Services & Systems (Marketing Director), New Media (Marketing Consultant) and Accenture (Process Analyst).  Melanie is also the owner of Kc Growth Group, a small business consulting practice.  These experiences and her current consulting practice allow her to bring clients from the real world into the classroom.  As a result, students have helped to launch three new businesses in the last four years.


Ohio ACTE Outstanding CTE Professional in Community Service- NATIONAL WINNER/Region 1 Winner

Stephanie Jolliff, Ridgemont Schools 

Stephanie Jolliff, the Agricultural Instructor and FFA Adviser at Ridgemont Schools, has taught for more than 20 years. Stephanie coached students and teachers to create and engage in more than 1,800 hours of community service annually and wrote over $250,000 in grants to conduct community service projects. Projects designed by her students were: free Summer Youth STEM Camps, Ohio Statewide Safe Driving Seminar, Summer Farm Safety Program, Domestic Violence Prevention Programming, Gardening for Hunger, Cancer Fundraising Walks, Community Technology Nights, Agricultural Advocacy campaigns for local organizations and farmers , and numerous other community projects. She enriches engagement in community service for teachers, as well as students, by connecting service-learning projects, experiential learning, STEM, agriculture, and CTSO organizations with community partners. Stephanie serves on the Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance Board of Directors, Ohio FFA Board of Directors and is the past president of the Ohio Association of Agricultural Educators. 


Ohio ACTE Career Guidance Award

Deb Jung, Upper Valley Career Center 

Deb Jung graduated from Miami University with a degree in Home Economics Education and went on to teach Family and Consumer Science for 12 years. Those years were followed by the completion of a degree in School Counseling at the University of Dayton. It was a natural transition from teaching personal development skills to assisting students with those same skills as a school counselor. This past school year was her 16th year serving as a counselor at Upper Valley Career Center. Deb’s goal is to give students the knowledge and incentive to take responsibility for their education and their career goals. Assisting students and families with community resources is also an important part of counseling and Deb has been active with the Family and Children’s First Council and the Continuum of Care in Miami County. More recently, Deb has facilitated a professional counseling service that comes to Upper Valley Career Center two days each week to see students with issues beyond the scope of the school counselors.

Ohio ACTE Ambassador Award

Christina Kerns, Penta Career Center 

Christina Kerns, Curriculum and Instruction Supervisor at Penta Career Center, began her career-tech educational journey as a high school student in the Marketing/DECA program. After high school, Christina earned her degrees and formal training from Ohio University: Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education, Mathematics; Master’s Degree in Educational Administration; and the Superintendent Licensure Program. With over 23 years in education, almost half of her experience originated from career-technical centers. Christina Kerns has made truly meritorious contributions to move CTE forward as she works with the staff at Penta Career Center in the areas of curriculum and instruction.  She unselfishly gives of her talents to broaden the horizons of career-tech educators by sharing her own research and development of best practices.  Among her most recent efforts was serving as the lead developer and coordinator of an Assessment Literacy initiative/workshop involving Penta Career Center and four other school district career-tech teachers and administrators who worked collaboratively to create rigorous assessment items aligned to the Depth of Knowledge Levels of several of Ohio’s career field pathway courses. When others are asked to describe Christina, she exemplifies her own motto, “Go out and do great things!”  She is a true ambassador for Career and Technical Education – the ultimate end result being student success!

Image Award 

Tom Daskalakis, UC Health- West Chester Hospital 

Tom serves as the Chief Administrative Officer of West Chester Hospital/UC Health. His role as site administrator has him focused on the general operations of the hospital, including the development, implementation, and management of key performance, quality, and growth strategies. Additionally, he oversees regulatory agency compliance initiatives and manages a wide variety of patient, employee, community and physician programs. His specific areas of expertise include optimizing operational efficiencies, business development and producing creative community collaborations that yield organizational loyalty. Before becoming a member of the West Chester Hospital leadership team, Daskalakis served as vice president of business development for Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, Ohio. Prior to joining Miami Valley Hospital, he served as chief operating officer for Garden City Hospital in Garden City, Michigan. His extensive experience as a hospital administrator also includes service as network vice president or clinical support services, and vice president of clinical services for the Kettering Medical Center Network in Kettering, Ohio. 


Outstanding School Board Member(s)

Frank Antonacci, RG Drage Career and Technical Center

Frank Antonacci is the Engineering Manager at H-P Products, Inc. also located in Louisville.  He is serving his 17th year on our Board of Education and has been the Vice President for the last nine of those years.

Bobbie Grice, Warren County Career Center 

Bobbie Grice has served on the Warren County Career Center's Board of education since 1998 representing the Little Miami School District, where she has been a board member for 20 years. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Education from Ohio University and Master of Education in Curriculum and Leadership from Wright State University. She holds a Reading Endorsement from Miami University. She taught for 36 years in elementary, junior high and high school, with 28 years at Goshen Local Schools, and has been a Curriculum Consultant at the Warren County Educational Service Center since 2002. She serves on boards for Area Progress Council of Warren County, Little Miami Chamber, Chamber Alliance, and Salem Township Library, and is a member of Kiwanis. She lives on a small farm in the Morrow area and has three children and 5 grandchildren.

Beth McManus, US Grant Career Center

Beth McManus has worked in the early childhood field for the past 25 years and is currently the Assistant Director for Child Focus Early Learning Programs in Cincinnati, Ohio. She has her Bachelors of Social Work degree from the University of Cincinnati and is a Licensed Social Worker. Beth has served on the U.S. Grant Career Center Board for the past 7 years, acting as Vice President for 1 year and President for 3 years. Her passion for education has laid the foundation for her work with Career Tech and desire to see each student find the right career path to succeed. With her experience and expertise in the early childhood field, she was able to assist in the development of a new early childhood program connecting leaders in the industry with the learning lab for students. Beth is the proud mother of four children and resides in Williamsburg, Ohio with her husband, Jon.

Sue Price, Butler Technology Career and Development Schools

Sue Price has served as a representative to the Butler Tech Board for 20 years. Sue is the representative from the New Miami Local School where she has performed board duties for 21 years. She serves as Chair of the Butler Tech Board Effectiveness/Development Committee. Sue is a Vice President for First Financial Bank in Hamilton, Ohio. She and her husband Dave have been married for 41 years .an have two sons, Mike and Jeff; two grandsons, Ian and Evan. Sue likes to spend time with her family, attend grandsons' sporting events, and she enjoys reading.

Corey Ledley, Ridgemont Local Schools

Corey Ledley is Vice President of the Ridgemont Local School Board of Education. During his tenure on the Board of Education, Corey had been a constant driving force in the continued effort to improve and promote the Agricultural Education Program and all Career Technical Education Programs at Ridgemont. Corey has a unique background that most Board of Education Members lack. As a student at Ridgemont, he served as the Ridgemont FFA Present and won several awards on the state level. After graduating from Ridgemont, Corey decided to give back to his community by running for election to the Ridgemont Board of Education. Ever since his election, Corey has continued his advocacy efforts for the Agricultural Education Program by chaperoning student trips to the Ohio FFA Convention, National FFA Convention and officer retreat. Corey is a full-time dairy farmer and is always a great sounding and advocate in the development of career technical education and CTSO programs. 

 2017 Bill Ruth Award Winner

Stephen K. Dodgion 

Stephen K. Dodgion is a lifetime Lawrence County resident who has dedicated over 40 years of his life to education. Mr. Dodgion earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Ohio University and his Master’s Degree in Education from Morehead State University. His career began in the Rock Hill School District where he was a social studies teacher in the both the high school and middle school. After spending almost 20 years in the social studies classroom Mr. Dodgion transitioned in to adult education where he became very passionate about the education of the adult population and the future of his community. This position would lead into the role of adult education director where he remained for 9 years before he became the Superintendent at Collins Career Center. He currently serves as the superintendent of Collins Career Technical Center still serving both youth and adult students. His leadership has made an impact on both youth and adults and their quality of life. He has served on the Executive Committee for Ohio Association of Career Technical Superintendents for 15 years. Mr. Dodgion has worked in leadership roles on many committees aimed at improving the educational system. These projects include KnowledgeWorks’ collaboration of community colleges and career centers, CT2, Project Lead The Way, continuous improvement through accreditation and most recently the President of the Ohio Association of Career Technical Superintendents (OACTS). Mr. Dodgion brings with him a wealth of knowledge about education and more specifically Career Technical Education.

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