Freeport, Illinois — Elizabeth Chambers was recently named the recipient of the “IACTE New Teacher of the Year Award” during the Illinois Association for Career and Technical Education annual conference. The conference was held at the President Abraham Lincoln Springfield -a Doubletree by Hilton Hotel in Springfield, IL, February 15-17, 2017.
The New Teacher of the Year Award goes to a full time classroom/laboratory Career and Technical Education (CTE) teacher at the middle, secondary or post-secondary school level with three to five years’ experience of teaching. This award is given to an individual for making significant contributions toward innovative and unique career and technical education programs and showing a professional commitment early in his or her career.” Ms. Chambers was nominated by her administrator, Jen Newendyke.
Ms. Chambers has been the Program Coordinator and Lead Instructor for the Health Occupations Youth Apprenticeship (HOYA) program for CareerTEC in Freeport, IL since 2013. Her commitment to quality Career and Technical Education has contributed to an increased program student enrollment of 60%, from 58 to 93 students from fiscal year 2013 to fiscal year 2017. During the same time period, assessment scores on the Certified Nursing Assistant exam have increased by six percent. This award recipient’s connection to her students is strong and as a former HOYA student herself, she knows where the program has been and has clear sights on excellence for her students, herself, the program, and her community.
The Illinois Association for Career and Technical Education is made up of eight affiliates representing all areas of career and technical education. The organization’s goals include provisions for quality career and technical education, in-service opportunities and program improvement for Illinois’ career and technical educators, administrators and guidance counselors. Ms. Chambers now moves onto the next round for Region III New CTE Teacher of the Year, competing with award winners from Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, and Wisconsin, at a conference in June in Indianapolis.