Antonio Young Named Georgia CTAE Teacher of the Year | Families
Washington County High School Career, Technical, Agricultural Education (CTAE) teacher Antonio W. Young was among 23 career and technical educators who were honored by the Georgia Association for Career & Technical Education (GACTAE) during their annual summer conference in July. Mr. Young was nominated by his division peers and was selected by an awards committed to receive a plaque naming him as the division’s 2013 Trade and Industrial Educator. Each division recipient was then considered a nominee for the corresponding state award to represent Georgia in the Association for Career & Technical Education Region II competition. Mr. Young was subsequently named as the 2013 Trade and Industrial Educator for Georgia by TIEGA, a professional association for trade and industry professionals.
Mr. Young commented, “I enjoy teaching and sharing my wisdom and experience with others. I believe that I help improve the quality of technical education in Georgia and assist in the prevention of high school drop-outs. Thanks to public education, TIEGA, GACTE, and Valdosta State University, I decided to go back to college. I felt that furthering my education would enhance my career opportunities and show my students the importance of a high quality education. When I pursued my master’s degree from Valdosta State University, it changed my understanding of education and the course of my life. I was given the opportunity to serve on many leadership committees and facilitated curriculum designs and improvements for my school and the Georgia Department of Education. During my nineteen years of teaching, I have developed a heartfelt love for this profession, and for my dedication and innovative teaching, I have been awarded a succession of honors that endows me with a strong sense of pride and achievement. I take pride in having participated in the development of the Construction Careers assessment for Georgia Department of Education and two schools in my region have received industry certification under my direction."
Young added, “I also feel that it is my duty to give back to my community," Young added. He has served as advisor/mentor with the Boy Scouts of America, ChalleNGe Academy, FFA, HOSA, GCSA, and Skills USA.
Superintendent Dr. Donna Hinton concluded, “The Washington County School system is proud to have a CTAE teacher to represent our system at the state level. He works hard to provide a quality program within our district and we are so proud of this honor for Mr. Young.”
Founded in 1926, the Georgia Association for Career and Technical Education is the largest education association in Georgia dedicated to the advancement of education that prepares youth and adults for successful careers. Its purpose is to provide leadership in developing an educated, prepared, adaptable and competitive workforce. The purpose of TIEGA is to recognize teachers who are providing outstanding career and technical education programs for youth and/or adults in their respective fields and communities. Recipients of this award must have made significant contributions toward innovative, unique and novel programs that are serving to improve and promote career and technical education.