By: Staff Reports | Gwinnett Citizen
By: Staff Reports | Gwinnett Citizen

GCPS teacher wins regional Career & Technical Education Teacher of the Year award, moving on to vie for national title

Brookwood High School’s Cindy Quinlan has been named the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) Region II Teacher of the Year.

ACTE recognizes the finest Career and Technical Education (CTE) teachers at the middle and secondary school levels. Honored teachers have demonstrated innovation in the classroom, commitment to their students, and dedication to the improvement of CTE in their institutions and communities.

Quinlan is the work‐based learning coordinator, marketing teacher and co‐DECA advisor at Brookwood High School. Since Quinlan took over the marketing program in 2008, program enrollment and DECA membership doubled; the program was awarded industry certification; numerous students went on to win state DECA competitions; and the school’s student-run store(Bronco Stampede) quadrupled its sales. “Not only does Ms. Quinlan teach fundamental values, but she also changes lives each and every day, from year to year,” said former student Jasmine Morgan.

Quinlan is one of five finalists for the 2016 national title. The national winner will be announced at the ACTE Awards Banquet, a dinner and award presentation recognizing the best CTE educators in the country. The event will take place on Thursday, November 19, during ACTE’s CareerTech VISION 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

ACTE is the nation’s largest not‐for‐profit association committed to the advancement of education that prepares youth and adults for successful careers. ACTE represents the community of CTE professionals, including educators, administrators, researchers, guidance counselors and others at all levels of education.