Clyde McBride, from Kayenta, Ariz, won the ACTE Teacher of the Year award for 2015 on Nov. 19 in Nashville, Tenn. The award was announced at the annual ACTE national conference.
Amanda Shively, Career and Technical Education (CTE) Director for the Glendale Union High School District, also was honored as ACTE’s Region V Administrator of the Year; Region V includes Arizona and 13 other states.
McBride teaches agriculture and serves as the CTE Director and Future Farmers of America advisor at Monument Valley High School in the Kayenta Unified School District. He originally was honored as the 2014 Teacher of the Year for Region V. McBride was one of five finalists for the 2015 national award.
“I’m proud of Clyde and Amanda’s innovation and commitment to providing extraordinary education and career opportunities to Arizona’s youth,” said Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal. “Our congratulations go out to both of them. They serve as exceptional role models for all other educators implementing and furthering Arizona’s CTE programs.”
McBride and his program were previously featured in a 2012 Time magazine story illustrating the promise CTE holds for so many youth. McBride was successful in developing a $2.4 million agricultural-science center for the Kayenta district.
“This is a great honor,” McBride said today. “I can’t wait to give this award to the kids because they deserve it. Our program develops a passion for career success in our students.” McBride said one of the students in his program, which prepares students to be veterinary aides and technicians, has been accepted into veterinary school and he hopes that this year three more will apply and be accepted.
Shively was awarded for developing and implementing the first CTE programs in the Glendale district to receive core academic credit. Currently there are four programs in the district that offer credit.
Huppenthal said CTE has been a high priority during his administration because it is the key to providing many students with the skills to succeed in the workplace and is a path to higher education.
“CTE not only engages students and keeps them in school, but it also provides them with a clear path to higher education and a successful career,” Huppenthal said. “I know because I was one of those kids inspired by a woodworking class and early exposure to welding and construction which led me to become an engineer.”