Hot Springs, AR. Polk County native Sheri Deaton was named the Arkansas Career and Technical Teacher of the Year at the annual Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) meeting July 30 in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Deaton, a Wickes High School graduate and University of Arkansas alumnus, is beginning her thirteenth year of teaching, ten of which have been in the White Hall School district. Deaton is the daughter of Don and Margie Youngblood, long-time residents of Wickes, Arkansas.
Deaton is a National Board Certified Teacher and resides in Redfield, Arkansas, with her husband Micah and their two children, Abigail and Adam. In addition to teaching Family and Consumer Sciences, Deaton also advises a local Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) chapter at White Hall High. She serves as a volunteer soccer coach for the White Hall Soccer league and as a piano player and Wednesday night teacher at Redfield Missionary Baptist Church.
According to Deaton, one of her greatest professional accomplishments is seeing her former students follow in her footsteps to become FACS teachers. “I aspire to be the kind of teacher who inspires others to make a positive difference in this world,” comments Deaton.
“An agriculture teacher at Wickes High School saw potential in me when I couldn’t see it in myself. He inspired me to be a better version of myself. Through FFA I learned the skills necessary to better myself in ways I never imagined.”
According to the Arkansas Department of Career Education findings from 2012-13, a strong link exists between students to take CTE classes and those who graduate. From the information gathered, 74 percent of Arkansas high school students are enrolled in CTE classes annually and 90 percent of CTE high school concentrators graduated. For many students, the hands-on activities and in-depth project based classes make CTE classes their favorite classes at the high school level.
The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) is the nation’s largest not-for-profit association committed to the advancement of education that prepares youth and adults for successful careers. ACTE represents the community of Career and Technical Education (CTE) professionals, including educators, administrators, researchers, guidance counselors and others at all levels of education. ACTE is committed to excellence in providing advocacy, public awareness and access to resources, professional development and leadership opportunities.