CTE TOYs

WCPS recognizes CTE Teachers of the Year
This is the image for the news article titled WCPS recognizes CTE Teachers of the YearThe Wayne County Public Schools (WCPS) Career & Technical Education (CTE) Program recently announced its CTE Teachers of the Year. Grantham Middle Agriculture Education instructor, Randy Evans, was named the WCPS 2017-2018 CTE Middle School Teacher of the Year. Wayne School of Engineering Drafting teacher, Julie Heath, was named the WCPS 2017-2018 CTE High School Teacher of the Year.

Mr. Evans is currently completing his fourth year as an Agriculture Education instructor at Grantham Middle School. Those who know him state that he lives and breathes agriculture, creating an engaging learning environment for his students. Through the school’s FFA program, students are also exposed to a variety of opportunities, ranging from local fair competitions to growing products in a campus greenhouse for fundraisers.

“Mr. Evans is excited about what the environment has to offer,” states Makita Jenkins, GMS principal. “His students are ‘growing’ to appreciate the earth and its resources as our source of life. He is the school’s facilitator in helping students learn how to cultivate, respect, and preserve it.”

After working 34 years in the poultry industry, Mr. Evans retired and began his second career in education. Mr. Evans holds a bachelor’s degree in agriculture education with a minor in poultry science.

Mrs. Heath is completing her seventh year as the Drafting Teacher at Wayne School of Engineering. Those who know her say she strives to tackle new curriculum to improve the program at WSE. In addition to serving as a Technology Student Association (TSA) club advisor, taking students to local, regional and state competitions, she also works to integrate hands-on projects in the classroom to engage students in learning. This year, she added a STEM Guitar curriculum, funded through a Tri-County Bright Ideas grant, which produced excitement amongst students as they worked to construct their own electric guitar to take home upon completion.

“Mrs. Heath has a passion for her instruction and is open to new ideas,” states Dr. Gary Hales, WSE principal. “She participates in daily professional learning communities and is constantly seeking input on ways to improve instructional practices.”

Mrs. Heath holds a bachelor’s degree in biology. Prior to teaching, Mrs. Heath was a residential kitchen and bath designer.

The CTE Teachers of the Year were recognized during the 2017-2018 CTE/CTSO Celebration on May 2.
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