South Dakota State University assistant professor Nicole A. Graves has been named the 2019 South Dakota Association for Career and Technical Education Postsecondary Teacher of the Year.
The award recognizes career and technical teachers and teacher educators who have demonstrated excellence and best practices in career and technical education at the postsecondary level. Members employed as full-time postsecondary CTE teachers or teacher educators are eligible recipients. Graves received the award at the SDACTE Awards Banquet.
"Dr. Graves is very deserving of this award. Her involvement to the CTE profession is outstanding," said Beverly Rieck, the SDACTE awards chairperson.
Graves has been on the SDSU faculty since 2002 and the family and consumer sciences education teacher educator since 2016.
“I am very honored to be the recipient of the division and state awards,” said Graves. “I want to spread the word about the need for family and consumer sciences teachers across the nation. There is a national campaign #SayYesToFCS to bring awareness to the shortage of FCS teachers across the nation and to encourage students to pursue a degree in family and consumer sciences education. South Dakota State University is the only postsecondary institution in the state of South Dakota that offers the degree program.”
As the state winner, Graves is now eligible to apply for the Region V award, which will be awarded April 22-25, 2020, in Lake Tahoe, Nevada. Region V includes 16 states, Palau, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Northern Mariana Islands, American Samoa and Guam. The Region V Postsecondary Teacher of the Year Award winner advances to the national competition, which will be held during the Association of Career and Technical Education Career Tech Vision in late 2020.