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President-Elect Candidates

Dr. Mary Perkins-Jacobs

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   Dr. Mary V. Perkins-Jacobs is a JAG Specialist/Work-Based Learning Coordinator at Little Rock Southwest High School. She has been an adjunct professor for the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in the graduate Business Education Department and former UALR Aerobic Dance Instructor. She has proudly taught junior high and high school with the Little Rock School District for 35 years. She was a former Business Education teacher at Henderson Junior High School, and has been a sponsor for JAG Career Association, Teachers of Tomorrow, Yearbook Advisor, Cheerleader Coach, Student Council Advisor, and Computer Club Sponsor. Her leadership role has also included serving as Bylaws Committee Chair and acting vice-principal. Currently, Mary serves on the state team for the Arkansas Department of Education, Division of Career and Technical Education (CTE) which is partnering with the National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity (NAPE) to improve CTE in our state for underserved students.
   Mary's dedication to the education field also consists of being the JAG State Chairperson. She coordinates the JAG competitive events. Mary serves on the Arkansas ACTE Board as the New & Related Services President, President of Special Populations and has served on the Awards Committee, Audit Committee and Bylaws Committee. Mary has mentored numerous teachers over the years as a Pathwise/AIMM Mentor and PRAXIS Assessor. She earned her Bachelor of Science at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, her Master of Science in Education and Educational Specialist in Educational Administration from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, and her Doctorate of Education in Educational Administration from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. She also holds certifications in Career &
Technical Education Administration, Secondary Vocational Administration and Assistant Director, as well as Curriculum Specialist, Secondary Principal, District Administrator, Computer Technology, Business Education, Internship, Adult Education and Coaching.
   Mary was recently named one of Arkansas’ 2021 Outstanding JAG Specialist and JAG High Performer at the JAG National Training Conference. Some of her other honors and awards include: Little Rock Family Magazine Amazing Educator Award, 2021; The Superintendent’s Citation Award; J. A. Fair Teacher of the Year, 2012, 2006, 2002; and Stephens Award-City of Little Rock, 2006. She has also written and received funding for several grants. Mary has also been a course designer for Virtual Arkansas.
   Mary’s main objective is to prepare her students to graduate from high school and become productive citizens by enrolling in post-secondary education, college, trade school, or finding a career job. The love she has for teaching and helping students succeed is the most important factor in her academic career. She loves teaching students about real-world applications which include job shadows, internships, post-secondary education, financial literacy and careers. She is passionate about education and loves to make lasting changes and impressions in students’ lives as the JAG Specialist at Little Rock Southwest High School.

Jennifer Turner

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   My name is Jennifer Turner and I am running for Arkansas ACTE President-Elect. I live in Ozark with my husband Brad and daughter Jessica. We live on a small family farm in the Ozark foothills.

   I started my 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. I got the opportunity to step into Administration for CTE at the Western ESC now the Guy Fenter Education Service Cooperative. I am now the CTE Coordinator and work with 21 schools in the River Valley and NW Arkansas to develop and improve CTE programs.

   I have been on the ACTE board as the Administration Division President for 3 years and since 2019 serve on the ACTE Region IV Policy committee where I was elected as the groups Secretary. I have been an ACTE member for 26 years. I have attended several national ACTE Vision conferences and several Region IV conferences. I had the privilege to attend National Policy Seminar 2021.

   Some of the opportunities that I have 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

   I am excited to be running for President-Elect. I know my experience and skills can help facilitate great opportunities for Arkansas ACTE. I look forward to working on membership and providing an answer to “What can my ACTE membership do for me?”

   I would also like to broaden our social media presence with a social media plan to increase communications and bring awareness to our CTE platform.

I would like all members to feel welcome and included and bring diversity to our organization.

Thank you,

Jennifer Turner

Arkansas ACTE members, check the email listed in your ACTE profile for your ballot. Voting is open from July 28 at 3:00 pm until August 4 at 3:00 pm.

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