Francis Finalist for ACTE's Outstanding Teacher in Community Service Award

October 21, 2011

The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) announces Tina Francis, of Dublin, Ohio, as the Region I winner of ACTE’s Outstanding Teacher in Community Service award. Francis is one of five finalists vying for the national title of 2012 ACTE Outstanding Teacher in Community Service award, which recognizes teachers with significant accomplishments and outstanding leadership in programs and activities that promote community involvement. The winner will be announced during the ACTE Friday General Session and Awards Program at ACTE’s Annual Convention in St. Louis, Missouri, on November 18th.

Tina Francis, the career-based intervention coordinator at Delaware Area Career Center and Buckeye Valley Middle School in Delaware, Ohio, implements many community service projects for her 8th-grade students every year. She feels that community service is the way that students get hands-on experience for careers and also a way students can show empathy toward others.

Francis serves not only as a role model for students, but also for co-workers. Her tireless drive to support her students and the community at large is a stellar example for all. Through class projects, school projects and individual opportunities, she opens doors for involvement. The time, planning and organization that Francis gives to each project are the common success factor. Students gain life and job skills in her classroom. They grow as individuals and students by participating in a program in which they can succeed.

A colleague commented that the following quote from Francis right after she received the Region award says a lot about who she is: “I am happy to have received this award, but know that true happiness comes from knowing that my students have served their communities and have shown empathy because of this.”

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About ACTE
The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) is the nation’s largest not-for-profit education association dedicated to the advancement of education that prepares youth and adults for successful careers. It provides advocacy, public awareness and access to information, professional development and tools that enable members to be successful and effective leaders. Founded in 1926, ACTE has more than 27,000 members including teachers, counselors and administrators at the middle school, high school and postsecondary levels.