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Kansan wins regional teaching award


Carmelita Goossen was named the 2012 winner of the ACTE Region V Outstanding New Career and Technical Teacher Award. Region V includes Association for Career and Technical Education members from the states of Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Trust Territories, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming. Recipients of this award are recognized for making significant contributions toward innovative, unique and novel programs and have shown a professional commitment early in their careers. Goossen was recognized during the ACTE Region V Conference in Jackson Hole, Wyo., April 11 to 14.

Goossen always had a desire to pursue a career in education, but she says it was her late sister, Lucinda Goossen, who encouraged her to combine her passions for teaching, agriculture and diversity and consider teaching agricultural education. Goossen has found that no other profession could be more rewarding than educating today's youth and challenging them to do their part to help feed and fuel the world.

Goossen, originally from Goessel, Kan., received a B.S. in Agricultural Education in May 2006; and a M.S. in Curriculum & Instruction in August 2010 from Kansas State University.

Goossen has been teaching and serving as the FFA advisor in the Agricultural Education Department at Southwestern Heights High School since 2006. She appreciates her location because it is very rich in diverse agricultural opportunities, as well as Hispanic culture. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Goossen advises her FFA officers in the planning of community and leadership development activities; helps students set career-related goals through developing supervised agricultural experience (SAE) programs; and coaches career development event teams.

Over the last six years, Goossen has advised one $1,000 National FFA SAE Grant recipient, numerous National FFA Scholarship recipients, three State FFA Agriscience Fair winners, 25 Southwest District SAE proficiency award winners, many award winning career development event teams, and the 2009-2010 Southwest District FFA Officer Team. Under her leadership the Southwestern Heights FFA Chapter has also been recognized for state and national awards including: 2011 Three Star National Chapter, Kansas FFA Triple Crown Contender since 2010, Kansas Farm Bureau Safety Award Top Ten Chapter since 2008, recipient of a $500 Kansas Farm Bureau Individual Chapter Grant since 2010, and recipient of a 2008 NAAE/PALS Greenhouse Enhancement Grant which helped fund the construction of a new greenhouse for the Agricultural Education Department.

Goossen credits her success in the classroom to her infectious passion for agricultural literacy and love for students. She believes that her inspirational character helps to motivate and encourage students daily. These traits helped Goossen to be accepted as a National Agriscience Teacher Ambassador in 2007, DELTA Conference participant in 2009, and be selected to represent the State of Kansas as the National Association of Agricultural Education Outstanding Young Member in 2012.

Goossen was the 2011 state winner of the Outstanding New Career and Technical Teacher award from the Kansas Association for Career and Technical Education. As a state winner, she was nominated for the ACTE Region V award. Now, as the Region V winner, Goossen will compete for the ACTE National Outstanding New Career and Technical Teacher Award at the 2012 CareerTech VISION ACTE Annual Convention in Atlanta, Ga., Nov. 28 to Dec. 1.

K-ACTE is the voice for career and technical education in the state of Kansas. Through a wide range of programs and events, K-ACTE serves as a resource to career and technical teachers, counselors, administrators, and teacher educators. Learn more about K-ACTE at

Date: 9-24-2012


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