Bettina Polite-Tate was selected as the 2011-2012 Georgia Marketing Education Association (GMEA) and the Georgia Association of Career & Technical Educators (GACTE) Community Service Teacher of the Year at an Awards Brunch held on July, 13, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia. The purpose of this award is to recognize teachers with significant accomplishments and outstanding leadership in programs and activities that promote community involvement.
Recipients of this award must have made significant contributions toward training, motivating, and inspiring their peers and students to become involved in programs and projects that benefit their communities.
Individual members who are currently employed as fulltime classroom/laboratory teachers in a career and technical education program are eligible recipients for this award. Nominees must be classroom/laboratory teachers at the time of nomination and the winner must be a classroom/ laboratory teacher at the time of award presentation.
In some capacity, the nominee should also have been involved in the Association for Career and Technical Education activities at the state, regional and/or national level, and must have been a member of ACTE and a state association for at least the past three consecutive years.
Additionally, Mrs. Tate was required to complete an essay about her philosophy of teaching and her contributions to the community. She gives back to her community through the student organizations she advises, through membership in civic organizations, through serving on local and state committees and through general volunteering.
“Commitment to the community shows youth and fellow educators that we all have a far-reaching responsibility and can make our community better by being intimately involved in it,” said Tate.
Mrs. Tate will advance to the regional level of competition next fall to compete for the national Association of Career & Technical Educators Community Service Teacher of the Year.