BCPS Presents the Inaugural Career and Technical Education Teacher of the Year Awards

District Finalist CTE Teacher of the Year

Broward County Public Schools is pleased to present the inaugural Career and Technical Education (CTE) Teacher of the Year Awards, recognizing exemplary CTE instructors across the District. The awards ceremony takes place on Tuesday, February 28, at 6 p.m., at the Carl DeSantis Atrium at Nova Southeastern University in Davie. 

The CTE Teacher of the Year Awards honors excellence and dedication within the field of career and technical education. The program shines the light on individuals who have made significant contributions to the field of career and technical education programs. Recipients of the award are outstanding individuals who have contributed to the success of CTE through the quality of their work and their involvement in the CTE community.  

Congratulations to the following CTE Teacher of the Year Finalists: 

Michele Freeman, Falcon Cove Middle School
Lori Fuller, Monarch High School
Marcia Notkin, Hallandale High School
Joseph Vallone, Plantation High School
Jared Villalobos, Stranahan High School 

The school based CTE Teacher of the Year candidates were selected through a juried process at their sites. To be eligible for the award, nominees must have three or more years of CTE experience as a full-time instructor and implementation of a full CTE pathway at their school. Applications for the CTE Teacher of the Year were scored by a committee composed of business partners. The winner and runner up will be announced at the awards ceremony. 

The Career and Technical Education program prepares students for the workforce by embedding relevant and in-demand subject matter into middle and high school courses. Currently, BCPS offers 53 Career and Technical Education pathways and more than 200 individual pathways with opportunities to earn industry certifications, the same certifications used by working professionals. 

In addition to targeted industry-based proficiency, Career and Technical Education programs embed a variety of tangible communication and interpersonal skills as part of the curriculum. Whether students choose to enter the workforce or pursue post-secondary education after graduation, the skills they learn will benefit them throughout their lives.


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