There will be a hybrid method of voting this year. 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! πŸ™‚

Nominee for PRESIDENT-ELECT: Jessica Teal

Three Year Term – president-elect, president, past president: 2019-2022

CACTE President-Elect Nominee, Jessica Teal

BRIEF BIO: Jessica Teal graduated Cum Laude from Colorado State University in the Spring of 2016. Teal just completed her third year as a Family & Consumer Sciences Teacher at Windsor High School, where she taught a plethora of FCS courses such as Fashion Design, Interior Design, Child and Adolescent Development, Relationships, and Life Management. Jessica became involved in FCCLA as Chapter President in high school through her FCS courses and continues to help students get involved in FCCLA at the local and district level. Currently serving as the CATFACS Division President, Jessica is eager to transfer her leadership skills to CACTE as a whole. Prior to servings on the CATFACS Executive Board, Jessica also served as the Secretary and Membership Chair. Outside of school, Jessica enjoys attending conferences geared toward innovation and technology, sewing, spending time with friends and family, attending concerts, traveling, and crafting new projects.


Division Membership

  • As CACTE President-Elect, I would create a system for divisions to nominate their peers for their great work, share this with the membership committee and post to social media.
  • Collaborate with division leadership to schedule time to meet with their boards once during the year to open communication, share leadership opportunities, and support needs.
  • Work with Dawn Mallette to present and promote the importance of professional organizations (CACTE) to CSU students in Methods Class. 

Professional Leadership Development

  • As CACTE President-Elect, I would promote a volunteer mentorship program among divisions for newer teachers in the profession for instructional support/leadership support through board positions and ways to get involved. This could also support divisions who are in need of leadership and make it a priority to help the find leaders within their divisions.
  • Work with Summit Assistant to reach out to vendors as strategic partners within CACTE conference. I would highlight apprenticeship resources such as Career Wise and other work-based learning opportunities as strategic partners.
  • As CACTE President-Elect, I promote best practices as PD components at CACTE CareerTech Summit to promote opportunities for cross curricular connections, communications with strategic partners, industry professionals, etc.
  • Promote industry connections at CACTE conference and other PD offerings to encourage involvement of industry within our division classrooms and support CTSO projects within the classroom. I have used industry professionals as evaluator panels for projects within Interior Design (Catering Kitchen Remodel) and Fashion (Virtual Blogging with Industry) and Design A Line, etc.

Advocacy and Awareness

  • Help strengthen the connection between research, community partners, and instructional practice.
  • Develop newsletters to legislators on CACTE and division happenings.
  • As CACTE President-Elect, I would work to strengthen the legislative committee to nominate individuals within each division to identify legislation and make important decisions reflecting our voices and needs as an association. In addition to this, promoting a letter writing campaign from divisions to legislators during CTE week.

Nominee for SECRETARY: Nat Sobin

Two Year Term: 2019-2021

CACTE Secretary Nominee, Nat Sobin

BRIEF BIO: Nathaniel (Nat) Sobin is a CTE Instructor and Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) Grant Project Director in Widefield School District 3 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Nat’s background is in engineering where he has practiced as a structural engineer prior to his career in STEM education. Nat received his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2013 and is a licensed professional engineer (PE) in the state of Colorado. Nat has taught a variety of CTE-STEM
courses over his teaching career and continually works to develop and grow a β€œK through NASA”
approach to STEM education and 21st century technology skills for all. He is also an active, voting
member on the Engineering and Technology Education (ETED) division policy board of ACTE.


I believe that I am a good candidate for CACTE Secretary in that I have been intimately involved with CTE
at the local level for several years and am now more involved at the national level. Moreover, I believe
in the mission and purpose of CTE and have seen the good it brings to school districts and students. In
my time with CTE I have taught a wide variety of CTE courses (exclusively) for 5 years, developed CTE
CTSOs from the ground up at my school and have brought them to competition for multiple years, have
participated in the CCCS curriculum development project team for STEM/CTE under the direction of
former CCCS STEM, Arts and IT Director David Barnes at the state level and have now become an active
member of ACTE where I am now a voting member of the Engineering and Technology Education
Division (ETED) Policy Board. I have a passion for CTE and specifically for the STEM field where I am a
believer and evangelist for the β€œK through NASA” approach to STEM education. I believe that well
aligned programs, courses, and people can continually ameliorate the STEM education process, making
it more accessible to all students as a requisite 21st century skillset, regardless of their chosen career
path (an interdisciplinary approach). I would like to get the chance to share this mindset, methodology
and knowledge base at the state level as well via a CACTE Board affiliation. I believe that the Secretary
position would be a good starting point for me to begin my CACTE Board affiliation and to make a
lasting, positive contribution to this organization.

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