Career & Technical Education (CTE) Educators Honored for Excellence

Maine Administrators of Career and Technical Education (MACTE) and Maine Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE-ME) recently announced the recipients of their 2023 Career and Technical Education (CTE) Excellence Awards at the annual CTE conference held in Lewiston.

The awards recognize outstanding work and dedication within the field of career and technical education. These educators are exceptional individuals contributing to the success of CTE through high-quality work, dedication to their students and their craft, and through their involvement within the CTE community.

2023 Career and Technical Education (CTE) Excellence Awardees:

Nora Wilson CTE TOYCareer and Technical Education (CTE) Teacher of the Year
Nora Wilson –
Mid Coast School of Technology

Nora Wilson of Friendship is the School and Career Coordinator at the Mid Coast School of Technology in Rockland and was named CTE Teacher of the Year.  She has taught at Mid Coast School of Technology for 4 years and has 10 years of experience as a CTE educator.

“Nora Wilson began her career as an architectural engineering prior to becoming a CTE instructor,” said MACTE Executive Director Dave Keaton. “Nora has fed her drive to further her personal quest for more learning by earning a master’s degree in CTE, and has worked tirelessly to become a top-notch educator by submerging herself in CTE pedological and content theory.  She is one of the most innovative teachers in Maine who has masterfully developed the much-needed CTE instruction that engaged ninth and tenth-grade students. Nora also serves as a mentor for new instructors. Nora consistantly gone above and beyond to ensure her students are successful inside and outside the classroom.”

Career and Technical Education (CTE) Lifetime Achievement Award
Paul Jones –
United Technology Center (UTC)

Paul Jones of Glenburn who teaches Automotive Education at United Technology (UTC) in Bangor was awarded the CTE Lifetime Achievement Award.  He has more than 18 years of teaching experience at UTC and Hancock County Technical Center.

“Paul Jones began his career in the automotive industry before dedicating himself to teaching the next generation of CTE students,” Keaton said. “During his time in this  industry, Paul served as an AYES mentor, providing invaluable guidance and support to all those he worked with and contributing to the development of aspiring automotive professionals. Paul has directed several CTE centers, sharing his extensive industry experience with students, facilitating their entry into entry-level positions and post-secondary programs in the automotive industry. Paul goes above and beyond to provide students with the necessary tools and resources to excel in their chosen paths. Paul’s  contributions to the field of CTE Automotive Education since 2005 have been exceptional. His strong work ethic, effective communication skills, continuous professional development, certifications in various automotive specialties, mentorship to students, participation in accreditation evaluations, and the sharing of industry experience have made a significant impact.”

Steve Reece - LRTC - CTE AwardsCareer and Technical Education (CTE) Post-Secondary Professional of the Year Award
Steve Reece – Lewiston Regional Technical Center

Steve Reece of Lewiston, who is retired from Portland Police Department, teaches Criminal Justice at the Lewiston Regional Technical Center and is an adjunct instructor at Southern Maine Community College, was awarded the CTE Post-Secondary Professional of the Year Award.  He has spent more than 25 years as an educator.

“Steve Reece is an exceptional instructor, whose dedication, expertise, and commitment to his students and Career and Technical Education (CTE) make him a deserving candidate for this prestigious recognition,” Keaton said.  “This is something of an unusual nomination as it originated from his faculty colleagues and students. Steve is a favorite around the building yet never seeks recognition. He is constantly involved and willing to contribute, yet never asks for thanks. He consistently credits the faculty or their student leadership for the exceptional teaching and learning which occurs in their classrooms.  One of Steve’s greatest strengths is his ability to connect with students on a personal level. Steve creates a welcoming and inclusive classroom environment that encourages open dialogue, critical thinking, and collaboration.  Beyond his impact on individual students, Steve also contributes significantly to the broader CTE community.”

Josh Murchie- region 2 CTE awardCareer and Technical Education (CTE) New Teacher of the Year
Josh Murchie –
Region Two School of Applied Technology

Josh Murchie of Linneus, who teaches Auto Collision at Region Two School of Applied Technology in Houlton, was named CTE New Teacher of the Year.  He has taught at the Houlton CTE for 5 years.

“Josh Murchie began his career as a CTE student, graduated and worked in his trained field prior to returning to his original CTE center as a staff member,” said Dave Keaton, Executive Director of  the Maine Administrators of Career and Technical Education (MACTE).   “He inherited the Auto Collision program from his own high school CTE instructor, and has preserved best practices while incorporating new and exciting opportunities for students.  Josh’s leadership skills and dedication to the field of career and technical education is core to who he is.  This year Josh and his co­advisor took 23 students to the SkillsUSA Maine State Championships where several gold and silver medals were earned. Amongst the medalists were two golds and a silver belonging to his auto collision students, further demonstrating the relevance and rigor of his curriculum.”

These awards are administered through Maine Administrators of Career and Technical Education (MACTE) and Maine Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE-ME). Each recipient will go on to regional level for a chance to progress to the national level through the national Association of Career and Technical Education (ACTE). Find descriptions of these awards on ACTE’s website.

Lewiston Regional Tech Center Hosts 500 CTE Educators and Partners

More than 500 CTE educators and CTE partners came together last Friday at the Lewiston Regional Tech Center to participate in more than 20 CTE and career pathways sessions.

Conference participants were able to collaborate with colleagues from all over the state during these breakout sessions and over lunch. Participants enjoyed a variety of offerings from the culinary arts program’s food trucks.

Over lunch, Kelli Toole, from St. Croix Regional Technical Center, shared her experience as the Student Services Coordinator with Lucille Willey, the Director of Coastal Washington County Institute of Technology. Both agreed that they have found conferences like the MACTE conference immeasurably helpful, as they are able to collaborate, share ideas, and network with other professionals who work in CTEs.

More on the agenda here.


Lamoine Students First Middle School Students from Maine to Compete at National SkillsUSA Competition in Atlanta

In June, three students from Lamoine Consolidated School’s Team Engineering Challenge team made history by being the first middle school team to go to Atlanta, Georgia to compete at the National Leadership and SkillsUSA Conference. Benjamin Baldridge, Ian Frost, and Jordan Chan fundraised over $10,000 to attend the weeklong conference and compete in the world’s largest skill competition after winning gold at the State Championships in Bangor back in March.

“The Team Engineering Contest is designed to evaluate and recognize outstanding students for excellence and professionalism in the areas of critical and creative thinking skills and the decision-making process to solve a problem,” said Lamoine teacher Miranda Engstrom who accompanied the team to Atlanta. “The contest fosters creativity, innovation, teamwork, and problem-solving skills.” Students demonstrate an occupational skill and present a clear explanation of the topic through displays, examples, experiments, and practical testing operations.

The conference and competition ran from June 19-24 with students competing for 16 hours over the course of three days. The Lamoine students earned 9th place overall, and students also earned special Skill Point Certificates for meeting a threshold contest score. Students can then use these certificates in their employment portfolios to show proficiency and workplace readiness for a particular specialty.

These students are three of 42 middle school Career and Technical Education (CTE) students at Lamoine who compete at the Maine SkillsUSA competition. They are excited to attend the Maine State Leadership Conference again next March and try to qualify for Nationals again.

“They are excited to share with their peers and teachers all they learned during their conference and showcase their treasures they collected when we were in Atlanta,” said Engstrom. “They wish to thank the many generous donors that helped them fundraise to get them there, helped them grow as leaders and thinkers, and make memories that will last a lifetime.”

Career and Technical Education Students of the Year Honored at Annual Awards Ceremony

(Pictured: Student Jiaying (Carmen) Zhong [left] displays an award for CTE Student of the Year for her exemplary work in the Engineering & Architectural Design program at Oxford Hills Tech in Norway. Standing next to her is MACTE Executive Director Dave Keaton [right])

Shawn Moody
Shawn Moody

The Maine Association of Career and Technical Education (MACTE) held its annual Career and Technical Education (CTE) Student of the Year Award Ceremony recently at Lewiston’s Regional Technical Center’s The Green Ladle restaurant.

The event featured a keynote address from Shawn Moody, founder and owner of Moody’s Collision Centers in Maine and long-time advocate for career and technical education in Maine. Emceed by Westbrook Regional Vocational Center Director Todd, the event’s main highlight was the recognition of a student from each of Maine’s 27 CTE Schools who were selected and honored for their exemplary work in their respective programs.

Students were in attendance with their friends and family members. They were honored by Executive Director Dave Keaton during the presentation.

The Maine Department of Education joins our partners at MACTE and CTE schools across Maine in congratulating these students and thanking the CTE schools and instructors who provided them the opportunities to strive.

2023 Maine Career and Technical Students of the Year

Alexander Hassell
St. John Valley Tech.
Automotive Technology 
Taylor Mason
Hancock County Tech, Ellsworth
Hospitality Travel and Tourism 
Noah Rousseau
Mid Coast Tech, Rockland
Outdoor Leadership and Firefighting 
Alecssander Freitas
Lake Region Tech, Naples
Law Enforcement II 
Addion Davis
Van Buren Tech
Business Technology 
Andrew Doughty
Tri County Tech, Dexter
London Putnam
Capital Area Tech, Augusta
Culinary Arts 
Jocelyn Coombs
Region 10, Brunswick
Metal Fabrication Welding 
Chase Hobbs
Caribou Tech
Commercial Driver’s License & Large Equipment Maintenance & Operation 
Braden Richard
St. Croix Tech, Calais
Abigayle Reed
Bath Tech, Bath
Emerson Roy
PATHS, Portland
Careers in Education 
Parker Sawyer
Presque Isle Tech
Industrial & Farm Mechanics 
Estrella Paredes-Vazquez
Coastal Wash Tech, Machias
Health Occupations 
Mckella Ford
Foster Tech, Farmington
Early Childhood Occupations 
Joseph A Lopes
Westbrook Tech, Westbrook
Braden White
Region Two, Houlton
Auto Collision 
Kricket Thompson
Waldo County Tech, Waldo
Culinary Arts 
Jiaying (Carmen) Zhong
Oxford Hills Tech, Norway
Engineering & Architectural Design 
Pichrithylen (Sreylen) Thor
Biddeford Tech, Biddeford
Computer Technology 
Esmae Stockley
Region Three – Lincoln
Registered Medical Assistant 
Riley Enright
Somerset Tech – Skowhegan
Outdoor Leadership 
Titus Billings
Region 9 – Mexico
Outdoor Skills and Leadership & Building Construction 
Eli Bartlett
Sanford Tech, Sanford
Landscape and Horticulture 
Maggie Lincoln
United Technologies – Bangor
Insurance Producer & Business Management
Adam Brann
Mid Maine Tech – Waterville
Culinary Arts
Hannah Dube
Lewiston Tech – Lewiston
Medical Science & Certified Nursing Assistant 

To learn more about MACTE visit their website: To learn more about Career and Technical Education in Maine visit:


Regional School Calendars Due June 1, 2023 

This notification is a reminder that Regional School Calendars are due by June 1, 2023, for school administrative units (SAU) and private schools, approved for tuition purposes, in coordination with their local secondary career and technical education (CTE) school. This requirement is part of Public Law 2011, Chapter 686 to promote collaboration among local school administrative units that may benefit from inter-administrative unit collaboration beyond CTE. 


For the school year 2023-24, both regional school calendars and individual calendars for each school administrative unit must be submitted by the director of the local CTE Center/Region to the Department of Education (DOE) no later than June 1, 2023, for a decision on approval by July 12, 2023. Guidance and templates can be accessed electronically at 


Given the coordination required for the fulfillment of this law, the Maine DOE recommends that SAUs initiate discussions as soon as possible, including representatives from all affected secondary schools and their associated career and technical education center or region. 


For more information, including guidance, instructions, templates, a waiver process, and a link to the complete law, please visit Further questions should be directed to Emily Doughty at 207-592-0314 or Dwight Littlefield at 207- 441-8927.