CACTE member HILARY WIMMER is 2020 Colorado Teacher of the Year!!!!!!!

Wow! How very exciting to have CACTE/ACTE member HILARY WIMMER named today as the 2020 Colorado Teacher of the Year! Hilary teaches business/marketing at Mountain Range High School in the Adams 12 Five Star District. Congratulations, Hilary!

Hilary Wimmer, 2020 Colorado Teacher of the Year!

“I’m honored to present this award to Hilary Wimmer, who inspires a culture of learning in her students that lasts long after graduation,” said Colorado Education Commissioner Katy Anthes. “Mrs. Wimmer is a bridge builder, a connector and a perfect representative of the kind of passionate and dedicated teachers who work tirelessly every day in Colorado. Mrs. Wimmer has helped students become financially literate, upstanding civic leaders and successful in their life’s decisions. We are all fortunate to have her as a teacher in our state.” Read more about Hilary Wimmer and the Colorado Teacher of the Year program here.

Mrs Wimmer and some of her students

Kristin Weaver, Adams 12 CTE Director, said of Mrs Wimmer, “Hilary exemplifies professionalism in everything she does and makes lasting impressions in the lives of her students and colleagues. There is no one more deserving of the honor and Adams 12 cannot be more proud!”

Watch the surprise announcement here, courtesy Adams 12 Five Star District

Wimmer began teaching business in 2004 and was part of the inaugural staff at Mountain Range High School in Westminster in 2006. She leads the largest DECA program in Colorado, and in 2016 she was recognized as the Colorado DECA Advisor of the Year. Wimmer serves as the Career and Technical Education (CTE) department chair and business program coordinator for Mountain Range High School and as the CTE content coordinator for the district.
She received her undergraduate degree in marketing from the University of Colorado and a master’s degree in educational counseling from the University of Phoenix. She also received certification in CTE from Colorado State University and a specialist degree in educational leadership from Arkansas State University. 

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CACTE Member Named to ED Commissioner’s TEACHER CABINET!

Congratulations to CACTE member Michael Bautista, Boulder Technical Education Center, who was recently named to the Colorado Education Commissioner’s TEACHER CABINET! Michael is a Construction Trades teacher and will serve a two year term beginning this month. Thanks for representing Colorado CTE in this important role, Michael!!!

The Commissioner’s Teacher Cabinet is an opportunity for Colorado teachers to share their hands-on classroom knowledge. This advisory group is made up of 20 practicing teachers from around the state representing small, medium, large, rural, suburban and urban school systems.

Role of Teacher Cabinet Members:

  • Serve as a sounding board for the implementation of state education policy.
  • Brainstorm solutions for some of the challenges facing today’s educators, such as raising achievement among all students, supporting low-performing schools and increasing the number of individuals joining the teaching profession.

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Congratulations to the CACTE Excellence Awards Recipients for 2019!  It was thrilling to be able to honor eleven deserving individuals during the CACTE CareerTech Summit!  Thank you to all who nominated and wrote recommendation letters for these deserving honorees and made the presentations. Click on the person’s name to read more about the award winner.

The ACTE/CACTE award recipients’ nominations will be sent on to the Region V Awards, to be presented at the Region V conference in Lake Tahoe, NV in April 2020. These include the CTE New Teacher of the Year, CTE Teacher of the Year, CTE Administrator of the Year and the Career Guidance Award.

Dr. Katy Blatnick-Gagnè (middle)
CACTE Hall of Fame
Presented by Michelle Dennis and Kimberly Baldwin

Traci Sanchez, Career Guidance Award
Scott Springer, CACTE Hall of Fame
Denver Public School buddies
Dr. Teresa Yohon (2nd from left)
CACTE Hall of Fame
Presented by Mary Stecklein, Carol Sessums and Kimberly Baldwin
Jay Moore, Cherry Creek Schools
CTE Administrator of the Year
Erin Grantham (middle)
CTE Teacher of the Year
Presented by Kim Reiser and Kimberly Baldwin
Ashley Acuff (2nd from right)
CTE New Teacher of the Year
Presented by Jessica Teal, Sahvanna Mease and Kimberly Baldwin
ReAnn Jacob with her teacher, Jennifer Moriarty
Outstanding Secondary CTE Student
Brooklyn Pustari
Outstanding Secondary CTE Student
Megan Waitman
Outstanding Secondary CTE Student
Peter Hunyh
Exemplary CTE Alumni

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2019-2020 CACTE Strategic Goals

Based on the ACTE Strategic Themes, Colorado ACTE will focus on these five goals during Robert Van Dyke’s presidency. The CACTE Executive Committee, CACTE Board and Divisions will use the goals to direct our work.

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2019 ACE Teachers Conference

November 14-15, Co Springs

Please share this info far and wide – alert your ACE teachers to look here for the info – the usual place on the CCCS website isn’t available right now due to lack of a webmaster. 🙁

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At the recent 2019 CACTE CareerTech Summit, Dr Sarah Heath (CO CTE Director & Assistant Provost, CCCS) announced the new CTE Strategic Plan! This plan impacts everyone working in the CTE field at all levels and all settings. Be sure to familiarize yourself with this information as school ramps up for the 2019-2020 year – your local CTE directors will be talking about it!

“Colorado’s Strategic Plan for Career & Technical Education will ultimately serve secondary and postsecondary learners in their preparation for meaningful careers, prove the state’s employers with better prepared talent, and lend to the development of stronger communities.”

CLICK HERE for the Executive Summary – this would be a great document to share with principals, evaluators, your advisory committee and other business partners – those who need/want the big picture. It gives a two page overview of the Strategic Plan.

CLICK HERE for the entire Colorado CTE Strategic Plan on the Colorado CTE website – It is quite comprehensive and is a must read for every CTE educator in Colorado!

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CERTIFICATES – 2019 CACTE CareerTech Summit

You should have received your Summit Certificate of Attendance from President Rob Van Dyke on Tuesday, July 23, 2019. If you attended the Summit from Monday-Wednesday, you earned 15 hours of professional development. Please save your certificate in a safe place – maybe a folder on your desktop labeled “Professional Development”. 🙂

Those of you attending the Credentialing session will receive a certificate of completion from CCCS once you turn in your homework to your program director, indicating the time spent in those sessions.

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Please help to improve the CACTE CareerTech Summit by making your voice heard! Complete the conference evaluation by CLICKING HERE! You can still complete the evaluation even though the gift card has already been awarded. Thanks to the 197 people who have completed the evaluation – you really do help us to make the Summit better with your thoughts and comments.

The lucky winner of the drawing for a $25 Amazon gift card is Sherry Davis from Aurora Public Schools! 🙂

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2019 CACTE CareerTech Summit Presentations

CLICK HERE for the presentations that have been shared with CACTE to date.  All of the presenters have been contacted to share their presentation. If you would like a specific presentation not listed here, please email Debbie ( and she will contact the presenter. Keep in mind that some presenters are not allowed to share their presentations.

A big THANK YOU to all of our presenters for their time and efforts in sharing their knowledge with us! Be thinking about what YOU might present at the 2020 CACTE CareerTech Summit in Grand Junction – the Call for Proposals opens on March 1, 2020. 🙂

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Thank you to these leaders who have stepped up to serve our career and technical education professional association!  See under “LEAD” – “Board Info” for contact information.

Serving on the 2019-2020 CACTE Executive Committee are:

President:  Robert Van Dyke, CFCS





       President-Elect:    Jessica Teal




Secretary:  Nat Sobin


Treasurer:  Janny Jarvis



Past President:  Kimberly Baldwin, CFCS





                             Executive Director:  Debbie Nelson, CFCS, IPHE

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You may recall that a major revision of the CACTE Bylaws was approved by the membership at the 2019 CACTE Annual Business Meeting. As with any living document, a few “oops” items were discovered during the year. These proposed Bylaws changes aim to redeem those “oops” items. The CACTE Board voted unanimously to recommend these Bylaws changes to the membership.

You can reference a copy of the current CACTE bylaws HERE! Voting on the proposed Bylaws changes will also happen in a hybrid method. For those members not attending the 2019 CACTE CareerTech Summit or wishing to vote ahead of time, you can vote online (CACTE website) beginning July 1. For those members attending the Summit, you can vote in person Monday all day or Tuesday until noon. BE SURE TO HAVE YOUR MEMBER ID NUMBER HANDY in order to vote! 🙂


Article V, Section 3 – OFFICERS, Vacancy

  • Add a sentence “If the office of President becomes vacant, the President-Elect serves as Acting President for the remainder of the President’s term.  The person would then serve his/her own year as President.”
  • RATIONALE: Bylaws told what to do for all officer vacancies except President – oops!


  • Delete “E” regarding candidates for President-Elect needing to be from a different division than current President-Elect
  • Re-letter F and G to E and F
  • RATIONALE: ACTE used to have same statement in bylaws; removed because felt that experience on Board was most important; this statement can leave CACTE without a president-elect candidate, even if a qualified person is willing to step up

Article VIII, Section 2 – BOARD, Composition

  • Change first sentence to read “The Board shall consist of the CACTE officers, Division Presidents, Division Presidents-Elect and the chairs of CACTE committees.”
  • Add additional sentence “If a committee chair is unable to attend a meeting, he/she may select a representative from the committee as a proxy.
  • RATIONALE: Board needs to be apprised of committee work; hard to do without committee chairs as part of Board; many other state associations use this model.

Article IX, Section 3 – COMMITTEES, Operation

  • Move current 3B to 3C
  • Insert new 3B to read “CACTE Committee chairs shall serve as voting members of the CACTE Board.”
  • RATIONALE: Carries through with CACTE committee chairs serving on the Board.

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Colorado ACTE is honored to have two ACTE Postsecondary Leadership Success Fellows and one ECMC Foundation Postsecondary CTE Research Fellow among its members! Congratulations to these 3 and best wishes on your journey throughout your fellowships! We look forward to learning more about your experiences.


ACTE announced its inaugural class of 20 fellows for its 2019 Postsecondary Leadership Success Program at ACTE – Sponsored by the ECMC Foundation (PLSP-ECMCF). The PLSP-ECMCF will support current and aspiring leaders in career and technical education (CTE). The goal is to provide professional and career growth opportunities to the next generation of leaders at nonprofits and postsecondary institutions offering CTE programs.

Georgia Reagan, Emily Griffith Technical College

Reagan is the Manager of Admissions, Recruitment, Concurrent Enrollment and Testing at Emily Griffith Technical College in Denver, Colorado. Georgia is passionate about educational equity and access, college persistence and success, and workforce education. She has eight years of experience in non-profit K12 and postsecondary institutions, and continues to fight for equitable education and job opportunities for all students. She received her Bachelor’s of Arts in Spanish from The University of Alabama and her Master’s of Arts in Hispanic Studies from Louisiana State University.

Claire van der Plas, Colorado Mountain College, Leadville

Van der Plas is an Assistant Dean of Instruction at Colorado Mountain College in Leadville, CO. The CTE programs she oversees makes the most of the campus’ unique location and resources by offering programs like Ski Area Operations, Natural Resource Management, Avalanche Science and Geographic Information Systems, in addition to programs like Welding, Electricity and Culinary Arts. Claire has an MFA in Painting from the University of Auckland, New Zealand, and a BA in Political Science from University of Canterbury, New Zealand.


Sixteen research fellows from institutions across the nation have been selected to participate in the CTE Research Program at North Carolina State University–Sponsored by ECMC Foundation. Known as ECMC Foundation Fellows, the researchers selected for this program will participate in two training institutes, webinars on research methods, and a convening focusing on postsecondary CTE. All fellows will complete a research project focusing on postsecondary CTE and address topics including student success, labor market outcomes, business and industry partnerships, work-based learning, apprenticeships, transfer success, completion, and equity. Fellows will also explore other larger societal problems such as how it is less likely for some groups to participate in CTE and have economic mobility. Each research fellow will be paired with a leading CTE researcher to serve as a mentor to support their research during this year-long experience. At the end of the program, fellows will submit the work from their projects for presentation and publication.

Linda Van Doren, Emily Griffith Technical College

 Linda Van Doren is the Director of Instruction and she has over 20 years of experience as a classroom teacher, curriculum developer, teacher trainer, and administrator, and has worked with English language learners, middle, secondary and postsecondary CTE students both in the US and abroad. She serves on multiple committees that support strong CTE and workforce education initiatives and alignment statewide and nationally. Linda is a doctoral student in the Leadership for Educational Equity program at the University of Colorado, Denver, and her research area is on postsecondary CTE instructor credentialing in Colorado. She earned her Master’s Degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages and her Bachelor’s Degree in Near Eastern Languages and Literatures and Social Studies Education at New York University. Click HERE to see full press release.

Project. Colorado has a tremendous need to hire qualified CTE teachers as the state struggles to fill its talent pipeline during this period of economic growth and historically low unemployment. Currently the state provides a pathway to teacher credentialing that has not been examined for its effectiveness in leading to desired outcomes. The study will examine Colorado’s postsecondary CTE faculty credentialing process in partnership with the Colorado Community College System Office of Career and Technical Education.

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Super cool new promotional video from Colorado CTE – CCCS!

The Colorado CTE Team introduced us to the super cool new promotional video for general audiences this morning during the “State of the State” address at the 2018 CACTE CareerTech Summit.  Several people have already asked for the link, so here it is!

Please use this video far and wide to let students and educators from Colorado tell the CTE story!

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Here is the YouTube link to the video from the 2017 CACTE CareerTech Summit, celebrating 100 years of Colorado Career & Technical Education!  Enjoy and share it widely!

Many thanks to Shelley Goerdt and Mainstream Video Production for putting this production together.

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