Kansan finalist for national teaching award
Carmelita Goossen, agricultural education teacher and FFA advisor at Southwestern Heights High School, USD 483 Kismet-Plains, Kan., as the winner of the Region V Association for Career and Technical Education Outstanding New Career and Technical Teacher award. Goossen was one of five finalists competing for the 2013 national title. The ACTE Outstanding New Career and Technical Teacher award recognizes a full-time classroom/laboratory teacher in a career and technical education program and is new to the teaching profession.
Goossen has introduced a variety of initiatives and programs to better serve her students and program. Through creativity and innovation, Goossen developed Hispanic integration lessons and collaborated with core content teachers to integrate math, science, and reading into her curriculum. She wrote and received a 2009 NAAE/PALS Greenhouse Enhancement grant that helped fund the construction of a new greenhouse for the agriculture department. One of her greatest assets is her commitment and undying desire to provide her students the ultimate Career and Technical Education experience through agricultural education.
For more information about the Awards Program visit, https://www.acteonline.org/awards.
The Association for Career and Technical Education is the nation's largest not-for-profit education association dedicated to the advancement of education that prepares youth and adults for successful careers. Founded in 1926, ACTE has more than 25,000 members; career and technical educators, administrators, researchers, guidance counselors and others involved in planning and conducting career and technical education programs at the secondary, postsecondary and adult levels. ACTE provides advocacy, public awareness and access to information on career and technical education, professional development and tools that enable members to be successful and effective leaders.
Goossen was also selected as the 2012 Kansas winner of the Outstanding Young Member award given by the National Association of Agricultural Educators.
Outstanding Young Member award winners are agricultural educators who have been teaching for no more than six years and who have demonstrated significant progress toward establishing a successful agricultural education program. Applicants are judged on a variety of criteria, including teaching philosophy, effective classroom and experiential instruction, development of partnerships, and professional growth.
The Outstanding Young Member award was created to encourage early career agriculture teachers to both remain in the profession and become active members in their professional association. Goossen competed against Outstanding Young Member award winners from surrounding states to be named the 2012 Region II NAAE Outstanding Young Member.
The NAAE Outstanding Young Member award program is sponsored by John Deere as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.
NAAE is the professional organization in the United States for agricultural educators.