Metro Tech teacher receives ACTE Teacher of the Year award
Amanda English recognized for classroom leadership, innovation, and commitment to students
OKLAHOMA CITY – Amanda English embodies the characteristics of classroom leadership, innovation, and commitment to students at Metro Technology Centers. She is the recipient of the 2020 ACTE Regional IV Teacher of the Year award. She was recognized at ACTE’s virtual conference on May 21, 2020.
The Association of Career and Technical Education (ACTE) award recognizes the finest career and technical teacher at the middle and secondary school level who have demonstrated innovation in the classroom, commitment to their students and dedication to the improvement of career and technical education in their institutions and communities, according to the ACTE website.
In 2019, English, a teacher for the Law Enforcement program at Metro Tech, was nominated for the ACTE Trades and Industry Education division. Winning her division, she competed in the ACTE state conference and received $10,000 from Express Professionals.
“I didn’t know about the nomination, so I was shocked when I learned about it. I’m grateful for the opportunity to showcase student successes, and take this leadership role to show teachers you may not know ahead of time what your program will be or the outcome of a project that works. Staying focused and removing barriers are really what students need to succeed,” said English.
English went on to say that aligning [state curriculum] standards with academics, and technical and employability skills to industry validates that the training is on-point. Assessing students along the way to make sure they get it is vital. Teachers get complacent, so a continuous process is required. Staying up-to-date with certifications, and relevancy truly prepares you for the work. Because students learn in different ways, making classes engaging, and hands-on meet all the project-based learning requirements. “I have to brag on the Metro Tech faculty who access equity. We wouldn’t be effective without partnerships,” she said.
After 20 years in law enforcement, English transitioned to education sharing her knowledge and best practices with aspiring students. She said she is a better teacher due to the mentors at Metro Tech. “You have to be able to collect data, take criticism, and be willing to accept feedback.”
English will compete for the national ACTE finalist award that will be held in Nashville this December. Should she win, she will be a presenter at ACTE’s CareerTech VISION Conference in 2021.
She donated the $10,000 award to the Maisa Project in Kenya, Africa; a career and technical education program for orphans.
Metro Technology Centers has four campuses offering full time career training programs and customized business training solutions that has been contributing to Oklahoma’s economic workforce since 1979.