Upton Recognized as National ACTE Award Finalist
Karen Upton, Director of Extension Programs at Metro Technology Centers, was recently announced as a finalist for this year's National ACTE Teacher of the Year Award. Upton received the Region IV Award in April and will be recognized as one of five finalists and considered for the national title at the ACTE Vision 2023 Awards Gala in Phoenix next month.
As Director of Extension Programs, Upton oversees all Metro Tech programs operating at the District's sending schools and the Project SEARCH and TANF programs. She received state and regional recognition for her previous role as a biomedical sciences teacher at the Metro Tech STEM Academy. However, Upton has over 25 years of combined teaching experience in Early Childhood Education, Biology and Chemistry.
"It is truly an extraordinary honor to receive this recognition on a national level," Upton said. "I share this achievement with all those who have been a part of this journey, and I am deeply grateful for their unwavering support."
Metro Tech Superintendent Aaron Collins said he is continuously grateful for Upton's contributions to the District.
"Karen's passion and commitment to the field of Career and Technical Education has played a significant role in the success of our STEM and Extension programs." Superintendent Collins said. "This recognition is well-deserved.”
- Press Release
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