ALEXANDRIA, VA—The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) announces Bart Taylor, information technology teacher at A&M Consolidated High School in College Station, Texas, as the 2016 Region IV Teacher of the Year. This award recognizes the finest career and technical teachers at the middle/secondary school level who have demonstrated innovation in the classroom, commitment to their students and dedication to the improvement of CTE in their institutions and communities. The Teacher of the Year Award is sponsored by Express Employment Professionals.
Bart Taylor has been a CTE teacher for 16 years at A&M Consolidated High School where he teaches Information Technology. Since 2008, Taylor has earned over $29,000 in grants for a range of new classroom technology, such as EnChroma glasses to allow colorblind students to see in color; a 3D printer and 3D digitizer for his students; and specialized cell phone tools for students to learn cell phone support. Taylor’s students regularly engage in innovative projects, most recently partnering with an IT recycling group to organize an electronic waste recycling drive. Former student, Patrick Powell, was inspired by Taylor to become a teacher at A&M himself. “Learning to learn for myself with Mr. Taylor’s guidance not only helped me in a field where problem-solving and independent thinking are critical, it prepared me for a world in which the ability to function with autonomy is essential.”
For the past five years, Taylor has served on Texas Industrial and Vocational Association (TIVA) board of directors representing southeast Texas, and has also served as President of the Electronics, Engineering, and Information Technology Teachers of Texas (e2it3) since 2004. During this time, he has also served as the SkillsUSA Texas District 7 Director, for which he coordinates SkillsUSA business for over 170 teachers and 1,800 students and coordinates over 120 hands-on skill competitions across a wide range of subjects. Under Taylor’s leadership, the district’s business and industry partnerships have grown, their student leadership program was reinvigorated, and student membership saw a nearly 700 member increase in four years. Taylor is regularly tapped to give motivational speeches, recently presenting a TEDx Talk at Texas A&M University on CTE and student motivation. He is currently pursuing his doctorate in education at Texas A&M University.
Taylor is one of five finalists for the 2017 national title. The national winner will be announced at theACTE Awards Banquet, a dinner and award presentation recognizing the best CTE educators in the country. The event will take place on Wednesday evening, November 30, during ACTE’s CareerTech VISION 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Awards Banquet is sponsored by Express Employment Professionals, the US Army, CareerSafe, Certiport, Stratasys, and International Baccalaureate. For more information about the ACTE Excellence Awards, visit our webpage.
The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) is the nation’s largest not-for-profit association committed to the advancement of education that prepares youth and adults for successful careers. ACTE represents the community of CTE professionals, including educators, administrators, researchers, guidance counselors and others at all levels of education. ACTE is committed to excellence in providing advocacy, public awareness and access to resources, professional development and leadership opportunities.