The Arkansas Association of Career and Technical Education's leadership consists of a board of directors and a number of committees.

If you are interested in running for Arkansas ACTE leadership, fill out the application.

 

Arkansas ACTE Executive Board Members:

Dr. Kelley Todd
President

A proven leader in career and technical education and a second generation business teacher, currently in my twenty-third year of teaching, I am still excited to be in a field I fell in love with as a high school student! In addition to a Bachelor of Science in Education (University of Central Arkansas), Master of Business Administration (Webster University), and Doctorate of Education, Human Resource and Workforce Development (University of Arkansas), I also hold National Board Certification in Career and Technical Education/Early Adolescence through Young Adulthood as well as W!SE Financial Literacy, Microsoft Office Specialist, Internet and Computing Core, and Google Analytics certifications. Career-related honors include lifetime achievement awards of Arkansas ACTE Teacher of the Year, 2019; Southern Business Education Association (SBEA) Secondary Teacher of the Year, 2019; Arkansas ABEA Secondary Teacher of the Year, 2018; National FBLA Adviser Wall of Fame, 2017; Arkansas FBLA Outstanding Local Chapter Adviser, 2013; Arkansas ACTE New Vocational Teacher of the Year, 1999; and Arkansas ABEA New Teacher of the Year, 1998, as well as the W!SE Gold Star Teacher designation for financial literacy education. In addition to teaching business at Southside High School in Fort Smith, Arkansas, I serve as Future Business Leaders of America Adviser, National Business Honor Society Sponsor, Personnel Policy Committee Member, District FBLA Coordinator, and State Director in partnership between Arkansas FBLA and the Arkansas FBLA-PBL Foundation. My continued commitment to advocacy for career and technical education has afforded opportunities to serve members and students as Arkansas ACTE President-Elect and ABEA President.

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Justin Neel
Past-President

Justin currently serves the Caddo Hills School District as a Business, Marketing, & Technology teacher and Career and Technical Education Coordinator.  This is his fifth year in education and he has been a major part of the development of CTE at Caddo Hills High School.  Through Justin's leadership, Caddo Hills has been awarded over $150,000 in the past three years for new or expanded career and technical offerings at Caddo Hills. He most recently wrote and assisted with start-up grants for a School-Based Operation and Project Lead the Way Aerospace Engineering program of study.  Justin's classes manage Natives Supply & Co, the School-Based Enterprise with strategic partnerships throughout the community and region. 

 

Justin also serves as the FBLA District IV Coordinator.  In this role, he supports advisers and members from 39 school districts across southwest Arkansas. He has served on the FBLA Executive Council for three years. Justin has taken students to compete at district, state, and national FBLA conferences each year of his career.  Most recently he was able to take 14 students to Baltimore Maryland, Washington D.C. and New York, New York this past summer.  

 

Passion for student success and real-world application keep Justin motivated and moving forward in ACTE.  He has completed a three-year term as Legislative Committee Chair for the Business Education Division of ACTE, as well as, serving on state committees and chairing the CTE Scholarship Committee for Arkansas ACTE.  He was the 2017 Arkansas ACTE New Teacher of the Year and the Marketing Division New-Teacher of the Year. Justin completed the 2017-18 Inaugural class of ACTE LEAD and is excited about this opportunity to support Career and Technical Education in Arkansas. 

Jennifer Snyder
President-Elect
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Jennifer Snyder has served in education for 13 years: eight at the Arkansas DCTE-Family & Consumer Science Division and five as the FACS teacher for Success Achievement Academy, the ALE in Craighead County. If there is one word that her peers and students would use to describe her, it would be passionate. She truly believes in CTE, not just within her programs but other CTE areas as well. The amount of dedication and drive she shows to her students, whether they are learning life skills or stepping out into the real world after graduation, she walks by their side the entire way.

 

Jennifer believes that all students learn differently….but she also believes that her students learn best during project based learning. In her first year, her students weren’t understanding the concept of different window and door styles. She saw that she wasn’t getting through to them so she blurted out….”Let’s build a house!” The students perked up and she knew she was on to something.  She took it upon herself to transition the frameworks to PBL activities because her students retained much more. She now utilizes about 80% of her class time as PBL. In doing this, the students' retention level for specific tasks has shot through the roof and many students have found their own passion within those projects, leading them into specific career pathways. Jennifer knows that, after starting late in life, she finally found what she was sent here to do.

 

Jennifer’s love for teaching hasn’t gone unnoticed. It has awarded her with the 2017-18 Success Teacher of the Year, 2019-20 AR ACTE New Teacher of the Year, and 2020 ACTE Region IV New Teacher of the Year. She was also selected as a 2019 ACTE New Professionals Fellow where she was part of an intensive leadership program with four other CTE educators from around the United States. Jennifer has served as the AR ACTE Awards Chair for 3 consecutive years, the Recruitment and Promotion Chair for JFAST, an independent educator advocacy group, and is currently a member of Arkansas Association Teachers of Family and Consumer Sciences.

 

Living in Jonesboro, AR, Jennifer shares her home with her husband, Cary, and daughter, Bailey. She has two furbabies, Andy and Bella, a fur-grandbaby, Oliver, and 18 chickens. She loves her little “city-fied” farm life and wouldn’t change anything about it...except maybe more chickens!

Molly Lindsey is a National Board Certified Teacher who earned her BSE from Henderson State University. She retired in June 2020 after teaching Business Education for 32 years at Mena High School. After only a few years of teaching, she was tasked by her area educational cooperative with bringing local teachers into the world of educational technology and continued teaching professional development there for over 20 years. In 2017, Molly taught Louisiana teachers how to prepare students for and administer the Adobe Certified Associate exams for the Louisiana Department of Education when they began requiring all students to earn a certification in order to graduate. Over the years, Molly has taught adjunct classes at her local community college and professional development at her school district. For six years, she administered and coordinated the Perkins program for Mena Public Schools.

In her years of advising FBLA, Molly has had numerous district and state officers and enjoyed many FBLA national trips in addition to the district and state conferences. She has always been a proponent of career and technical education and is proud to be able to contribute to the advancement of career and technical education in Arkansas.

Molly and her husband of over 30 years (Randy) have two daughters and sons-in-law, Toni (and Andrew) and Dani (and Seth), and two precious grandchildren, Brentley and Sutton. She enjoys reading in her free time, as well as crocheting, cross-stitching, and quilting, but her favorite pastime is being with her family.

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