President-Elect Candidates

presented in alphabetical order

Sheri Smith

   I am Sheri Smith, a Business Educator, FBLA Adviser, Perkins V Committee Member and CTE Department Chair for Mountain Home High School Career Academies. 

   My involvement in Career and Technical Education has been most of my life. Being raised on a farm and attending a rural school where I served on the local chapter leadership team within my CTSOs (FFA, FBLA and FHA “currently FCCLA”) and participating in competitive events at the district and state levels. My passion for CTE is evident within my classroom and my involvement within our community and state. 

   Earning a Bachelor of Science, Business Management degree from AR State University and continuing my education at University of Central Arkansas earning two Master Degrees, Master of Art in Teaching (MAT) and School Counseling, one could say I am a lifelong learner. Aside from my degrees, I have continued my education with hours from Center for Financial Training and I am a National Board Certified Teacher.

   As an active member of ACTE, I have attended the AR CTE Leadership Conference for the past 10 years as well as attended two National ACTE Leadership Conferences and two Regional IV ACTE Leadership Conferences. In addition, I served 1 ½ years on the AR ACTE Board as a business representative. 

   Finishing my seventh year serving on the Arkansas Business Education Association board, I have served in the following positions: District VI Membership Representative, SBEA Membership Representative, President-Elect, President and currently Past President. My leadership on this board has allowed me to promote professional membership, organize summer leadership conferences, evaluate bylaws, serve as committee chair for the ABEA Awards Committee and ABEA Board Nominating Committee. In addition, I have served five year on the ASU-MH Hospitality Board.

   If you were to ask my CTE colleagues to describe my involvement with CTE they would say “forward thinking, organized, problem solver, efficient, knowledgeable about CTE”. If you were to choose me, Sheri Smith, as your next Arkansas CTE President-Elect, I pledge to use my passion for CTE to advocate for you and our students who are impacted by CTE to help prepare them to be workplace ready. I pledge to hear your voice and continue to move CTE in a positive direction through communication, collaboration, creativity and critical thinking as we prepare for a more virtual blended learning environment. 

   When you cast your vote for the 2020-21 AR ACTE President-Elect, remember Sheri Smith wants to hear your voice and advocate for you and your students as we continue moving CTE in a positive direction.
 

Jennifer Snyder

   Hi, my name is Jennifer Snyder and I am running for Arkansas ACTE President-Elect. I live in Jonesboro with my husband, Cary, and daughter, Bailey. I am also a mommy to 2 dogs and currently 12 chickens!  I am excited for this opportunity to serve in yet another capacity within the organization. Let me tell you about the positions I have held thus far.

  • AR ACTE Awards Committee - 2016

  • AR ACTE Awards Chair - 2016-Present

  • AR ACTE Board Member - 2016-Present

  • Success Teacher of the Year - 2017-18

  • ACTE National Fellowship - 2019

  • AR ACTE New Teacher of the Year - 2019-20

  • ACTE Region IV New Teacher of the Year - 2020

   In addition to the above, I have attended 3 Region Conferences and will attend my 4th State and 2nd National Conference this year. I have also been fortunate to hold breakout sessions at many of these conferences.

   Because I have been part of the AR ACTE Board for a few years, I have first hand knowledge of how we work with other organizations and agencies. I look forward to keeping the bridges strong that have been built by the executive team before me...but I also want to help build them stronger.  A few ideas I have are:

  1. Continue working with the state agency and their departments to create program area committees of elected teachers to make sure our voice is heard from the classroom.

  2. Create a network hub for AMI lesson plans and activities that can be utilized by members for their classrooms.

  3. Create a mentorship program for teachers with less than 3 years in the classroom to ensure they get connected and begin networking to help them thrive those first few years. 

  4. Continue working towards the goal of back-to-back CTE Conferences = 1 registration process that will enable teachers to attend more than one conference during the summer.

   Our new FACS State Coordinator said just a couple of weeks ago that I have new ideas and innovative ways of thinking that need to be shared with other teachers. I told her I didn’t know why other teachers would listen to me and she said, “Because you are passionate and ahead of the curve.” As I think about her comments, I know I have a lot to share. I am confident I can serve Arkansas ACTE as your new President-Elect.

 

Thank you,
Jennifer Snyder

 

Come back on July 27 to cast your vote!