Middle Bucks Teacher Wins National Award

2023 Carl J. Schaefer Memorial Award Recipient Announced

The NOCTI Board of Trustees named Ms. Cynthia Midgett of Pennsylvania the win­ner of the 2023 Carl J. Schaefer Memorial CTE Teacher Award.

The Carl J. Schaefer Memorial Award was estab­lished in 2013 to hon­or Dr. Carl J. Schaefer. As a life­long cham­pi­on in career and tech­ni­cal edu­ca­tion (CTE), he gained nation­al recog­ni­tion as a CTE edu­ca­tor and author. He was also one of NOCTI’s found­ing fathers. This memo­r­i­al award is a trib­ute to Dr. Schaefer’s mem­o­ry and

rec­og­nizes an out­stand­ing CTE teacher or CTE teacher can­di­date. Criteria for the award include an appli­ca­tion describ­ing per­son­al goals, work expe­ri­ence, awards/honors received, pro­fes­sion­al mem­ber­ships, and lead­er­ship and com­mu­ni­ty ser­vice activ­i­ties. Cynthia received a per­son­al­ized award and $500 for tuition, room and board, books, or any oth­er educational-related expense.

Cynthia’s exten­sive expe­ri­ence and ded­i­ca­tion to den­tal edu­ca­tion make her a valu­able asset to both her stu­dents and the broad­er com­mu­ni­ty. As a Dental Occupations Instructor at Middle Bucks Institute of Technology in Jameson, Pennsylvania, she brings a wealth of knowl­edge and prac­ti­cal insights to her stu­dents. With 15 years of expe­ri­ence teach­ing den­tal occu­pa­tions in CTE schools, Cynthia has demon­strat­ed a long-standing com­mit­ment to CTE. Her role as an adjunct pro­fes­sor at Temple University fur­ther empha­sizes her exper­tise and wil­i­ness to con­tribute to high­er edu­ca­tion. Her under­stand­ing that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to edu­ca­tion aligns well with the prin­ci­ples of CTE, which empha­sizes hands-on, per­son­al­ized learn­ing experiences.

Lauren Doherty, Assistant Administrative Director at Middle Bucks Institute of Technology nom­i­nat­ed Cynthia for the award and describes her as, “the epit­o­me of excel­lence in CTE teach­ing.” She also men­tions that one of Cynthia’s most notable achieve­ments is her abil­i­ty to estab­lish mean­ing­ful con­nec­tions with­in the com­mu­ni­ty, with her efforts result­ing in a 100% work-based edu­ca­tion place­ment rate for her third-year students.

NOCTI con­grat­u­lates Cynthia on receiv­ing this nation­al hon­or and applauds her com­mit­ment and ded­i­ca­tion to CTE!


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