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:

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Jennifer Snyder
President

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!

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Jennifer Turner
President-Elect

Jennifer Turner lives in Ozark with her husband Brad and daughter Jessica. They live on a small family farm in the Ozark foothills.

Jennifer started her career as an Agriculture Instructor at Lincoln High School, then got the opportunity to move home to help develop a new Agriculture program at Ozark High School. She got the opportunity to step into Administration for CTE at the Western ESC which is now the Guy Fenter Education Service Cooperative. Jennifer is now the CTE Coordinator and works with 21 schools in the River Valley and NW Arkansas to develop and improve CTE programs.

Jennifer has been on the ACTE board as the Administration Division President for 3 years and since 2019 served on the ACTE Region IV Policy committee where she was elected as the group's Secretary. She has been an ACTE member for 26 years and has attended several national ACTE Vision conferences and several Region IV conferences. She had the privilege to attend National Policy Seminar 2021.

Some of the opportunities that Jennifer has had include:

  • AVATA Young Teacher of the Year 2001

  • NAAE Young Teacher of the Year 2001

  • ACE Career and Technical Leadership Institute 2011

  • National Career Pathways Leadership Certification 2011

  • Arkansas Association of Educational Administrators –Administrator of the Year 2018

  • Arkansas ACTE Marketing Division Administrator of the Year 2019

  • Arkansas ACTE Administrator of the Year 2019

  • AATFCS Career Guidance Award 2020

  • Arkansas ACTE Career Guidance Award 2020

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Dr. Kelley Todd
Past President

A proven leader in career and technical education and a second-generation business teacher, currently in her twenty-fifth year of teaching, Dr. Kelley Todd is still excited to be in a field she fell in
love with as a high school student in her mother’s (Sharon Todd) business classroom! 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), Dr. Todd holds 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 National Business Education Association (NBEA) Secondary Teacher of the Year, 2020; 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; Arkansas ABEA New Teacher of the Year, 1998; and the W!SE Gold
Star Teacher designation for financial literacy education.


In August 2020, Dr. Todd began a new career adventure at the post-secondary level as Program Chair for Business Technology at Arkansas Tech University – Ozark. Along with program chair
responsibilities, she enjoys working with interns and teaching classes related to management, communication, and human resources. Her continued commitment to advocacy for career and
technical education has afforded opportunities to serve teachers and students through ACTE, ABEA, and the Arkansas FBLA-PBL Foundation. Most recently, Kelley was named Arkansas Business
Education Association (ABEA) Executive Director at the association’s 2021 Annual Conference.


Previously, Dr. Todd taught at Southside High School in Fort Smith (2005-2020) and Van Buren High School (1997-2005). During that time, she served as FBLA adviser to numerous national winners as well as officers at the district, state, and national levels and enjoyed the role of FBLA District Coordinator for District I.

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Molly Lindsey
Executive Director

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.