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OkACTE and CareerTech recognize Kiamichi Tech’s Leslie Powell as Teacher of the Year

Posted Date: 08/25/2021

OkACTE and CareerTech recognize Kiamichi Tech’s Leslie Powell as Teacher of the Year

WILBURTON, Okla. – Kiamichi Tech received state awards and recognition for commitment to career and technical education during Oklahoma Summit, CareerTech’s annual conference, in Oklahoma City on August 1-3, 2021. Leslie Powell, Biomedical Sciences instructor at the Durant Campus, received the 2021 OkACTE Teacher of the Year Award during the opening session of the conference.

“We are proud of Leslie’s innovation and dedication to CTE,” said Shelley Free, Kiamichi Tech Superintendent. “The commitment she has to her students ensures that we are fulfilling our mission of ‘Preparing People for Success’.”

The OkACTE Teacher of the Year Award recognizes the finest career and technical teachers at the middle and 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.

Lorri Carlile with OkACTE said candidates are nominated by their peers for division and state level awards. A selection committee is made up of division awards committee chairs and members who review applications. Leslie will advance to the regional level in her award category.

Additionally, Kiamichi Tech was recognized as an OkACTE Gold Star School. This is the 15th year that the District has been recognized for exemplary programs designed to meet a broad spectrum of community needs.

The Oklahoma Association of Career and Technology Education (OkACTE) provides professional and leadership development to membership, communicates and builds relationships with public policy makers and creates partnerships between education and industry. Every Kiamichi Tech employee is a member of this organization