McFarland named ACTE Educator of the Year

McFarland named ACTE Educator of the Year   The Montana Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) would like to announce that Janie McFarland, Business Teacher at Conrad High School, has been selected as the 2009 Montana Career and Technical Education Teacher of the Year.   
   She has been the business teacher at Conrad High School for the past 19 years.  Janie has a B.S. and M.S. in Business Education from MSU-Bozeman and previously taught at MSU, UM, and the College of Technology in Great Falls.  
   At Conrad High School, McFarland is the BPA Advisor, Senior Class Advisor, and girls basketball and volleyball gym supervisor.  In the community Janie is the vice president of Conrad Booster Club and on the council of Pondera Valley Lutheran Church.  
   She organizes the youth basketball league for grades 2-6, umpires each spring for girls’ fast pitch softball, and is the coordinator of the community birthday calendar.  
   She was selected as Conrad Public School’s Teacher of the Year in 2008 and Conrad Chamber of Commerce Unsung Hero in 2009.     She is the past president of MBEA, the secretary of Montana ACTE and the secretary for the Western Business Education Association.   McFarland and her husband John are Conrad natives who have two children, Julie and Dan.
   The ACTE is the largest national education association dedicated to the advancement of education that prepares youth and adults for careers.
   Montana ACTE is a member state with a mission to provide leadership in developing an educated, prepared, and competitive workforce.  The Montana ACTE provides the career and technical education necessary to create the highly skilled workforce that supports the demands of the 21st century economy and promotes economic development in Montana’s communities.
   The Teacher of the Year program is to recognize career and technical educators who have recently provided or currently are providing significant contributions to professional associations and career and technical education programs for youth and/or adults in their  fields, communities and/or states.
   Recipients of this award must have made significant contributions toward innovative, unique and novel programs; and/or improvement, promotion, research or development of programs of career and technical education