2021 GACTE Awards
These awards recognize excellence and dedication within the field of career and technical education among our association members. We seek to commemorate exceptional individuals who have contributed to the success of CTE through the quality of their work and their involvement in the CTE community.
The GACTE Awards Committee was chaired by Dustin Davis and other committee members were Cheryl Deas, Susan Hall and Alfreda Lewis.
ADMINISTRATOR OF THE YEAR
Cynthia Clanton, GCCTA, Carroll County Schools
Tim Schmitt, GA e-TED, Newton County Schools
Linsey Shockley, GATFACS, Newton College & Career Academy
Tiffany Barney, HSTEA, Cobb Innovation & Technology Academy
Sandra Martin, TIEGA, Georgia Department of Education
Sabrina Phelps, WBL/YAP, Houston County College & Career Academy
CARL D. PERKINS COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD
M. Ann Levett, GCCTA, Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools
Sydney Conley, GVATA, Crawford County High School
Kimberly Garren, GA e-TED, Winder-Barrow High School
Jennifer Wood, GATFACS, Buford High School
Sapph Espinoza, HSTEA, Cobb County Schools
Angela Rucker, GACESNP, Booker T. Washington High School
Cristi Holbrook, TIEGA, Kennesaw Mountain High School
Lynne Warren, WBL/YAP, Banks County High School
COUNSELING AND CAREER DEVELOPMENT PROESIONAL AWARD
Angela Sparks, GCCTA, Marietta City Schools
Sean Myers, CCD, Pine Ridge Elementary School
Roderick Fludd, GACESNP, Creekside High School
Melissa Rodgers, WBL/YAP, Thomas County Central High School
NEW TEACHER OF THE YEAR (3-5 YEARS EXPERIENCE)
Scott McSpadden, GCCTA, Ringgold High School
Tracy Waters, GBEA, Tattnall County High School
Wendy Murphy, CCD, Colquitt County High School
Brandon Myers, GA e-TED, Maxwell High School of Technology
Melissa Johnson, GATFACS, John W. Hubert Middle School
Denisia Pope, HSTEA, Liberty College and Career Academy
Antoinette Godfrey, GMEA, Chapel Hill High School
John Daniels, GACESNP, Westlake High School
Seth Bierman, WBL/YAP, Harris County High School
POSTSECONDARY TEACHER OF THE YEAR
Cora Walden, TIEGA, Southern Regional Technical College
TEACHER OF THE YEAR
Marcia Morris, GCCTA, Carroll County Schools & Career Academy
Pintu Thaker, GBEA, Meadowcreek High School
Misty Moon, CCD, Colquitt County High School
John "Bubba" Gibbs, GA e-TED, Fannin County High School
Camille Whalen, GATFACS, Commerce High School
Alicia McCracken, HSTEA, Rabun County High School
Lauren O'Conner, GMEA, Paul Duke STEM High School
Paige Welch, GACESNP, WS Hutchings College & Career Academy
Benjamin Lowe, TIEGA, Jackson High School
Suzanne Haynes, WBL/YAP, West Hall High School
2021 AWARD WINNERS
Teacher of the Year
Rabun County High School
New Teacher of the Year
Tattnall County High School
Dr. James Woodard
Alvin J. Wilbanks Lifetime Achievement Award
Dr. James Woodard was presented with the Alvin J. Wilbanks Lifetime Achievement Award. Dr. Woodard started his career as an agriculture teacher in Hazlehurst, GA where he taught 9 years. After that, Dr. Woodard had pivotal roles within the GADOE for 12 years including area horticulture teacher, regional coordinator, and Director of Agricultural Education. In 2005, Dr. Woodard was promoted to the Director of Career, Technical, and Agricultural Education for the GADOE. Dr. Woodard was a transformational leader for Georgia CTAE and was an integral part of the revitalization of GACTE.
After leaving the GADOE, Dr. Woodard became the Director of Career, Technical and Agricultural Education for 6 years in Newton County and then CEO/Principal of the Newton College and Career Academy. With a substantial resume in state and local administration, Dr. Woodard was tapped to be the Superintendent of Morgan County Charter School System for 6 years.
Dr. Woodard retired after serving as Superintendent. But that did not stop his love for CTAE. He currently serves as the Chairman of the National FFA Board and as the Facility Planning Manager for the Parrish Construction Group in Alpharetta, GA.
Dr. Woodard has served as a CTAE teacher, director, college and career academy CEO, Director of CTAE for the State of Georgia and as Superintendent. He has had more CTAE roles then most of us will have in a lifetime. We appreciate all that he has done to advocate, lead, support, and mentor us.
Career & Counseling Development
Marietta City Schools
Administrator of the Year
Carroll County Schools
Carl Perkins Community Service
M. Ann Levett
Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools
Post-Secondary Teacher of the Year
Southern Regional Technical College
Friend of GACTE Award
Chuck Little is truly a friend of GACTE. Chuck had a substantial career in community service, philanthropy, and human resources. For the last 21 years, Chuck has served as the Human Resources Director for the Atlanta Electrical Contractors Association. In this role, Chuck began working with local school districts on providing career and employability opportunities for teachers and students. Each year, Chuck was judging competitions and working with work-based learning coordinators and CTAE directors to create opportunities for students to receive funding and scholarships with Atlanta Electrical Contractors Association.
Over the past few years, Chuck had an enormous presence at our summer conference. He created an Employability Skills Contest for our counselors, directors, work-based learning coordinators, and CTAE directors that included a cash prize. This contest has allowed our members to demonstrate and share best practices for employability skills and career development.
This Spring, Chuck retired. In fact, his LinkedIn page says Retired, Done Working, June 2021 to Present. Chuck, you deserve a great and peaceful retirement. Thank you for being a friend of GACTE.