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Awards and Grants

Virginia ACTE Excellence Awards

Virginia ACTE Excellence Awards guidelines have been changed to align with ACTE’s new award requirements and procedures.

See this year’s winners.

Access Virginia ACTE’s Awards Portal page.

Also, ACTE’s Excellence Awards page provides

  • tips for applicants on how to write a strong award nomination
  • guiding principles from the national awards committee on ensuring fair practices in the awards processes
  • resources on using the Awards Portal
  • and more.

The deadline for Virginia ACTE Member Awards is November 10.

ACTE Image AwardsACTE Image Awards

The ACTE Image Awards recognize groups and individuals from the education, business and industry communities who enhance career and technical education by contributing to the improvement, promotion, development and progress of CTE. These awards go directly to ACTE for reviewing and the deadline is May 1.

Grant Applications

Building Awareness Campaign Grants
Virginia ACTE is providing two $500 grants to CTE teachers for the development of an awareness campaign for parents, stakeholders, and/or policymakers about their class, department, school, or school division’s CTE programs or career pathways. Deadline to apply: July 1, 2019

Teacher Licensure Reimbursement Grants
Virginia ACTE is providing up to ten reimbursement grants to assist CTE teachers with the cost of the Praxis licensure assessment. Grants will be awarded to ten licensed teachers, including career switchers, who have accepted employment as CTE teachers, or teachers who will be switching to teach CTE courses, and who have passed, within the past six months or are scheduled to take, the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators assessment. Successful CTE teachers may apply for reimbursement of the Praxis assessment not to exceed $120 by completing the application below and providing supporting documents. The grant also includes one year of free membership in Virginia ACTE, which includes services and resources provided by the association. Deadline to apply: June 1, 2019


Virginia ACTE Excellence Award Recipients

Judith SamsJudith Sams
Administrator of the Year
As the Business and Information Technology and Related Clusters specialist at the Virginia Department of Education, Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education, Judith Sams is recognized throughout the commonwealth for the high standards she sets for all things CTE across Virginia and the nation. Her involvement and hard work started before she joined the VDOE, when she was a classroom teacher. Today, Sams demonstrates leadership through her involvement with numerous organizations and partnerships, and through her contributions to improving CTE and enhancing opportunities for all students and teachers.

Diane BreinigDiane Breinig
Teacher of the Year
Diane Breinig is a Family and Consumer Sciences teacher at Briar Woods High School in Loudoun County.  She demonstrates leadership in improving CTE through her service as a department chair for five years, as an FCCLA co-sponsor, as a teacher leader for Educators Rising, and as a FACS program lead for all FACS middle and high school teachers in the county. Lastly, she is currently working to become a state trainer for the Teachers for Tomorrow program.

Rhonda BurnetteRhonda Burnette
New Teacher of the Year
Rhonda Burnette came to teaching after a career as a successful businesswoman. She worked closely with administrators to realign the courses offered not only within the Business and Information Technology Department at Floyd County High School, but throughout the course offerings in CTE programs. Through this alignment, courses offerings have increased opportunities for students to complete career pathways, and the number of CTE completers has doubled over the past two years.