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What better way to prepare your students for the ACT than to take it yourself? This is a strategy adopted by educator, Bunny Brooks, which has shown great results in test results at her school.
The Ohio Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) announced today that Brooks, Family and Consumer Sciences Instructor at Lebanon High School, has been named the 2013 Ohio ACTE Ambassador Award Winner, for her contributions and dedication to her students, higher education and career based education.
Brooks has been an educator for 25 years. She teaches Family and Consumer Sciences and has been a leader in many important curriculum changes for Lebanon High School. In her fifth year of teaching, she developed the present day, College Life Skills course, which is offered to juniors. Bunny is dedicated to make sure this course is up to date with the needs of the students as well as ever-changing technology. One way she does this is by taking the ACT every couple of years so she knows the best way to prepare her students for it. She also is an advocate for many of the educational sites that she used in her classroom. This curriculum that she has created has been presented at the OATFCS, ACTE and ACT conferences. Two of her main pushes in her ACT preparation are vocabulary and practicing.
For the past 12 years, Brooks has kept track of her student’s performance in the ACTS. In these results she has seen an increase in test scores. Her school has been above the national average for the past four years. They have also seen an increase in the number of students from Lebanon High School who take the test.
Most recently, Brooks, with the help of nearby Sinclair College, helped to organize an Career and College Day at the high school. During the day, students were allowed to visit the fair to explore their options. In the evening it was opened to the public. The success and feedback was so great that Brooks and Sinclair College are already in the planning process to hold this event next year.
“I am proud to say that we have been friends for the past 27 years,” said fellow coworker, Anne Rolfes on her nomination form for Brooks. “She has been such an inspiration to all those who teach with her as well as those who have had her.”
Brooks will be recognized by her peers in career-technical education at the Connections to Education Conference, August 1, 2013 in Columbus, Ohio, at a special luncheon for state award winners.
The purpose of the Ohio ACTE Ambassador Award is to recognize educators who have made the highest meritorious contributions to the improvement, promotion, development and progress of Career and Technical Education.To schedule an interview, please contact Christine Gardner by phone at 614.890.2283 or by email at Christine@ohioacte.org.
Career-technical education (CTE) is part of Ohio’s public education system that prepares students for college and careers. In Ohio, CTE is delivered through career centers and comprehensive/compact high schools.
The Ohio Association for Career and Technical Education (Ohio ACTE) promotes innovative education and supports educators who inspire students of all ages and abilities.
Ohio ACTE represents more than 2,100 members statewide including superintendents, teachers and administrators.