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August 17, 2015, Olympia WA




The Washington Association for Career and Technical Education (WA-ACTE) is pleased to announce the recipients of the Washington ACTE 2015 Excellence Awards.  The Washington Association for Career and Technical Education’s Awards seek to promote excellence in Career and Technical Education by recognizing individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to the field of Career and Technical Education, programs that exemplify the highest standards, and organizations that have conducted activities that promote and expand Career and Technical Education.  The award winners were announced during the Awards Breakfast at the Washington ACTE Summer Professional Development Conference on August 11, 2015, at the Yakima Convention Center.


Teacher of the Year
Dottie Record
Wapato School District


The purpose of the Washington ACTE Career and Technical Education Teacher of the Year award is to recognize teachers who are providing outstanding Career and Technical Education programs for youth and/or adults in their respective fields and communities. Recipients of this award have made significant contributions toward innovative, unique, and novel programs that are serving to improve and promote Career and Technical Education.


Dottie Record is a Family and Consumer Sciences teacher at PACE Alternative High School in the Wapato School District.  She has been a member of Washington ACTE since 1995 and was awarded the Washington ACTE Community Service Award in 2009.  The goal of her program is to facilitate students as they construct their own views of the world through abstract learning and real world experiences.  She currently teaches Financial Fitness, Culinary Foundations Basics, Culinary Foundation, and Computer Application.  All of her classes use FCCLA projects, follow Leadership and FCS National Standards, Washington State Frameworks, and now incorporate the Common Core State Standards.  Student empowerment and life management techniques form the basis for every lesson presented.  Too many of the PACE students have already given up on themselves and are ill-equipped to manage the challenges of living and working.  Dottie Record passionately holds teens accountable for their well-being; rewarding and fostering growth gives students an opportunity to practice skills they will need for success as adults.  One past student noted, “She’s like the PACE’s matriarch; she’s always helping and giving chances for all students to do better.  Dottie knows our potential and if we need to push to get there she’s not afraid to push us in the right direction.”


Wapato teacher wins Washington Career and Tech Teacher of the Year
She was presented the award at the Washington Association for Career and Technical Education (WA-ACTE) convention in Yakima this week.
Wapato teacher wins state award - Yakima Herald-Republic

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Quality Section Standards Award


The purpose of the Quality Section Standards (QSS) Award is to provide benchmarks for sections to determine levels of performance and satisfactory service to their members and prospective members.  QSS should be useful to sections in evaluating their basic organization and whether their leadership is providing minimum, average, or superior programs for the membership.  It is hoped that the QSS will prompt sections to challenge themselves to improve and to maintain the very best possible organization and leadership for their members, within the section’s means.  WA-ACTE is committed to assisting section leadership in reaching section goals.


Lifetime Achievement Award
Fred Donaldson
Auburn School District


The purpose of the Washington ACTE Lifetime Achievement Award is to recognize the contributions and distinguished accomplishments of those persons who have been identified with the work and purposes of the Washington Association for Career and Technical Education.


Fred Donaldson is a newly retired automotive instructor at Auburn High School in the Auburn School District.  He has been a member of Washington ACTE since 1984, a life member since 1995, and was awarded the Washington ACTE Teacher of the Year award in 2000.  Fred began his professional journey in 1972 at Green River Community College.  Upon graduation from the auto program in 1975 he worked in industry, honing his skills and making connections.  In 1984, Fred was hired by Auburn School District and in short order developed the program into a state-of-the-art auto facility.  His work in the classroom produced students that would be able to meet the demands of the automotive industry.  Fred Donaldson has been a fixture in the program for 31 years and just retired in June.  He will leave behind an unforgettable legacy of hard work, loyalty, and commitment to excellence.  As an auto instructor, Fred has been a leader and innovator in a variety of ways.  Fred pioneered an email network called "Fred Says" that he uses to communicate with instructors throughout the region.  Fred arranges hands-on technical trainings and certification opportunities for other instructors and students.  Through his email he communicates information such as trainings, certifications, and scholarships allowing others to further their own professional development.  Fred has developed his program into a model for others.  Through his work he has secured various partners including: Honda PACT, Chrysler, Ford, and General Motors.  Through this work, students are able to earn certifications and internships in industry.  Fred has served as a leader for the Washington Association for Skilled and Technical Sciences representing the auto cluster.  In 1990, Fred was recognized as the Washington State Trade and Industry Teacher of the Year.  In 1996, Fred received the ASE Master Certification for Auburn's Automotive Program.  Fred has also been recognized as a teacher of the month by the Auburn School Board of Directors.


The Washington ACTE Legislator of the Year Award is presented to recognize legislators who have made a contribution of state significance to Career and Technical Education.

Legislator of the Year
Senator Ann Rivers

Senator Ann Rivers became the 18th Legislative District’s state senator in mid-2012 after Joseph Zarelli decided to step down after 17 years of service.  It was a straightforward transition for her and for the people of her district, as she had been serving them already in the House of Representatives.  In November 2012 the voters elected her to a full four-year term in the Senate.  She is not only a member of the Senate Republican Caucus (she serves on its leadership team, as the whip), but also the Senate Majority Coalition Caucus.  The MCC, composed of Republican and Democratic senators, is built around a set of shared principles and committed to governing in a more inclusive and bipartisan way.  She serves on the Senate Transportation Committee, Senate Early Learning and K-12 Education Committee, Senate Health Care Committee, and Senate Rules Committee.  She is focused on strengthening Washington’s economy, protecting our state’s taxpayers by prioritizing and controlling state spending, offering each child in Washington an opportunity to succeed in school, and making sure the projects Southwest Washington needs for a solid transportation system are moving forward.

Legislator of the Year
Senator Christine Rolfes

Senator Christine Rolfes is the Democratic floor leader and state senator from the 23rd Legislative District, including the Kitsap County communities of Hansville, Kingston, Poulsbo, Bainbridge Island, Keyport, Silverdale, and East Bremerton.  She has fought to advance legislation reflecting the common-sense values of the 23rd District since 2007, serving in the House of Representatives until her appointment to the Senate on July 20, 2011.  In addition to serving as Senate minority floor leader, she also sits on the Early Learning and K-12 Education, Rules, and Ways & Means committees.  Her leadership advocating for small businesses, downtown revitalization, ferry reform, military-families and veterans, and public education has yielded tangible results for Washington families.


Achieve 100% Membership Award

The Washington ACTE Achieve 100% Membership Award recognizes schools and institutions that have 100% Washington ACTE membership participation from each and every member of their Career and Technical Education staff.  The 2015 recipients:


Bethel School District
Clover Park School District
Fife School District
Lynden High School
Moses Lake High School
OSPI CTE Department
Shelton School District
Skykomish School District
West Valley School District (Spokane)
Yelm Community Schools


Membership Award
63% Increase in Membership



Vern Chandler (right) pictured with Chuck Gallagher, Region V Vice President and Kathleen Lopp, OSPI Assistant Superintendent




Susan Dixon (center), CTE Director, Evergreen School District, Vancouver WA