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JTED honors community, staff for their success

On Sept. 23, at the Mountain Institute JTED Culinary Arts Facility, eleven community and staff members were recognized for their hard work and dedication to the success of Mountain Institute JTED programs and students.

• Stephanie Wiltcher-Sproul was recognized as the 2014 MIJTED Outstanding Administrative Assistant. She has been the CTE administrative assistant at Yavapai College Career and Technical Education Center for three years, and works closely with MIJTED career counselors to make sure that all MIJTED students are registered and in the correct Yavapai College class for their program. MIJTED students know that Stephanie is there to provide them with assistance while they are attending YC classes.

• Sonny Rodriquez was recognized as the 2014 Outstanding Post-Secondary Teacher of the Year. Sonny has been teaching MIJTED Transportation Technologies for three years at Yavapai College CTEC; he teaches multiple concurrent enrollment sections with MIJTED students as well as various sections for adults. He has demonstrated a passion for the profession, evidenced by his improved curriculum this year that resulted in a significantly improved passing rate of the AASE testing by students. He also has served on the state committee to review and revamp the Transportation Technologies curriculum. Sonny provides each and every student with the opportunity to excel in his classroom.

• Tim's Auto Group was recognized as the 2014 Outstanding Business of the Year. Tim's Auto Group has partnered with MIJTED since 2012 to provide Transportation Technologies students with Skills Lab Placements. Tim's has hosted 25+ students since the partnership began, and continues to offer on-the-job training that provides our students with an excellent opportunity to master skills and earn industry certifications.

• Prescott High School Business Management & Administrative Services (BMAS) was acknowledged as the 2014 Outstanding Program of the Year. BMAS is taught by Mrs. Laurie Dreher and Mrs. Lori Stuckman; their teaching style and philosopy get students cognitively engaged, which increases their performance and knowledge. In addition, on a continuing basis, both instructors look at not only BMAS program standards, AZ workplace skill standards, CTSO curriculum incorporation, and local community college dual-enrolled learning outcomes, but also take into consideration the College Career Readiness Standards along with Blooms' Taxonomy. All of this hard work and dedication has resulted in the PHS BMAS program earning the top score on the CTE Assessment during the last two years. In 2014, the average score for PHS was 76% compared to 59% state average. Eight PHS students performed 80% or higher on their 2014 state assessment.

• Mrs. Sheryl McCully was recognized as the 2014 Outstanding Teacher of the Year. Sheryl has been the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) instructor at Bradshaw Mountain High School since 2005, and has had a varied and vast nursing career. From plastic surgery to pediatrics, from psych nursing to corporate nursing, all her experiences helped to prepare her for her current career path-teaching. As an RN, she understands that students need to love to learn, be self-aware of their strengths, and never stop working on their weaknesses. She has a passion for education and recognizes that students need to be actively engaged in each and every lesson. Over 85% of her students pass their written and skills CNA assessment on their first try.

• Bethany Masters was named the 2014 Outstanding New Teacher of the Year. Bethany is currently the Agriculture teacher at Mayer High School. She is a firm believer that she teaches students, not curriculum, and that they are her first and foremost responsibility. Bethany is an active member of the Arizona Agriculture Teachers Association and part of their Curriculum Committee. She has served as the Director of the Arizona Future Farmers of America (FFA) State Leadership Camp for the last eight years. She has also participated in Arizona FFA by writing how-to guides, conducting webinars, and writing/editing test questions. As the FFA advisor at Mayer, she has helped her chapter earn the 2013-14 Superior Chapter Award and had eight Top Ten CDE (Career Development Event) team placements in the last two years. Over 35 students attended the FFA Greenhand Conference this last year, and two of her students were recipients of the State FFA Degree in 2014.

• Chino Valley High School FFA was named the 2014 Outstanding Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO). With approximately 200 students, the FFA program is the largest Career and Technical Student Organization at Chino Valley High School. Advisors Casey Farnsworth and Brandon Watkins help train and guide their students to excel in leadership, community service, and competition. Chino Valley FFA has had students qualified both at the regional and state. They were recognized with the National Superior Chapter Award the last two years; only four chapters in Arizona that have earned a Gold ranking receive this honor.

• Mr. Brian Pereira was recognized as the 2014 Outstanding Administrator of the Year. Mr. Pereira is the Director of Students Services/Athletic Director at Ash Fork School. He ensures that his students can participate in Central MIJTED programs, such as Transportation Technologies, Electrical Line Worker, and Culinary Arts. He has also ensured that Ash Fork and Seligman students can access the Medical Professions program via the video-conferencing system. Brian works closely with his welding instructor to ensure that the Welding Technologies program at Ash Fork High School meets all requirements and provides students with an exemplary program. As a member of the Mountain Institute Advisory Committee, Brian has worked tirelessly to develop and enhance career programs for all students in western Yavapai County.

• Under the guidance of Melissa Gustavson, MIJTED Health Occupations Students Association (HOSA) was named the 2014 Outstanding Service Learning Program. MIJTED HOSA students have attended CTSO activities, including Local Officer Training, Fall Leadership Camp, and Spring State Conference. HOSA members also volunteered at the Family Health Night Event at Del Rio Elementary School, End Hunger Events, Community Clean-up Day, Salvation Army Dinner, YC Education Fair, and the Yavapai County Home, Health, and Lifestyles Expo. Students' participation included: vital sign checks (such as blood pressure) and crutch fittings.

• Ms. Gretchen Jacobs of Arizona Government Affairs was recognized as the 2014 Outstanding Policymaker. During her tenure as the JTED Lobbyist, Gretchen has been instrumental in helping develop key relationships in the Arizona Legislature and Governor's Office in support of the JTEDs. Her efforts have led to the successful passage of JTED legislation in each of the past three sessions, and she has fought hard and effectively to prevent further decreases in JTED and education-related funding.

• Mr. Howard Moody was recognized with the 2014 Outstanding Service Award. Howard has been involved with MIJTED since its very beginning. Coming from an industry background, he understands the many benefits that derive from high-school students learning career and technical skills, and he has put in countless hours as MIJTED's Finance Director to ensure that the financial needs of the school are met in a time of both great growth and funding challenges. Howard has also been actively involved in starting up a new JTED in Yuma.

Mountain Institute is very proud of all of the staff and community members that work so hard to maintain the success of our JTED in Western Yavapai County.

Mountain Institute, one of 13 Arizona JTEDs (Joint Technical Education Districts), serves high-school eligible students in western Yavapai County, including public, private, charter, home school, and accommodation school students. Education partners include Yavapai College, and the following Unified School Districts: Ash Fork, Bagdad, Chino Valley, Humboldt, Mayer, Prescott, and Seligman.

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