Sheila Sartin, a family and consumer science teacher at Hamburg High School, was chosen as the Career and Technical Education Teacher of the Year for Arkansas. To receive this prestigious title, a Career and Technical Education teacher is nominated from each subject area. After the subject area teachers are chosen for the state, an agriculture teacher, a business teacher, a medical professions teacher, and a family and consumer sciences teacher prepare 15 page resumes for the competition to choose a teacher to represent Arkansas as the Career and Technical Education Teacher of the Year.
On August 27, Sartin was invited to St. Louis to speak at a Missouri ACTE, Association of Career and Technical Educators, Convention. Her speech was about her job and some of the activities that happen in her Family and Consumer Science program. She described her yearly field trip to the Viking Cooking School with her food and nutrition classes, which is sponsored by the Hamburg Schools Foundation. She also talked about the Consumer and Technical Educators Program, the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America Chapter at HHS in which two of her students have been elected state officers, the 100 percent sewing contest and her students who participated, and the volunteer work she does in the community.
Sartin will be attending a regional Career and Technical Education convention sometime in the following year where she will compete against teachers from other states such as Texas and Louisiana.
Sartin is appreciative of her title, "I love my job. I've been doing it for thirty years, and I'm going to keep on doing it. This title, to me, means that I represent all the great career and technical education teachers in this state."