Biloxi, MS—The Region IV Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) announced Mindy Lyle, family and consumer science teacher at Acorn High School, as the 2023 Region IV ACTE New Teacher of the Year.
This award recognizes new CTE teachers who have made significant contributions toward innovative and unique career and technical education programs and have shown a professional commitment early in their careers. Candidates are evaluated on the following criteria: contributions to student success, innovations in CTE, and leadership in the local or greater CTE community.
Lyle is the family and consumer science teacher, and Family, Career, & Community Leaders of America advisor at Acorn High School. She is in her fifth year of teaching and is extremely passionate about Career and Technical Education and the opportunities it provides to her students.
She is very involved in FCCLA. In the last five years, Acorn FCCLA has had six regional officers, two state officers including the state president, one national officer candidate, and numerous regional, state and national Star Event winners. She serves as the by-laws chair for the Arkansas Association of Family & Consumer Science Teachers, vice president of Delta Kappa Gamma Alpha Kappa Chapter, Arkansas ACTE FACS by-laws chair, on the Arkansas FCCLA State Executive Council and Arkansas FCCLA Foundation Board. She is an Arkansas FCCLA master adviser and a National FCCLA Master Adviser.
She earned a Bachelor of Professional Studies, early childhood from Arkansas Tech University, and a Master of Arts in Teaching 7-12 from University of Arkansas at Monticello.
Lyle is certified in family consumer science, business technology, and career development. She enjoys being able to bring both her education and field experiences into the classroom to provide students with meaningful connections and experiences that help them in their future careers.
Mindy and her husband, Kris, have five sons, two daughters, and one grandson.
Lyle was one of six finalists for the 2023 regional title after winning the state title in July. Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas were represented. The regional winner was announced at an awards luncheon, recognizing the best CTE educators in the region. The event took place on March 31 at the Region IV ACTE conference in Biloxi, MS.
Lyle will advance to compete at the National ACTE CareerTech Vision conference in November in Phoenix, Arizona.