Raikes, (third from left) was recognized at the Association for Career and Technical Education regional conference in Tampa, Florida, along with other ACTE members. (Photo submitted)
(SPRINGFIELD, Ky.) – Sarah Raikes, a family and consumer science teacher at Washington County High School, was named the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) Region II Teacher of the Year at its 2016 regional conference held in Tampa, Florida. The ACTE is the largest national education organization devoted to the innovation of education that prepares youth and adults for careers. Its mission is to provide educational leadership in developing a competitive workforce, according to its website.
Raikes is a 1983 graduate of Taylor County High School, and received a Bachelor of Science in home economics in 1987 from the University of Kentucky. She also received a Master of Science from the University of Kentucky in 1990 and a Rank 1 certification from Eastern Kentucky University. Raikes, who also advisor to WCHS’s chapter of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA), has been a member the Kentucky chapter of ACTE since 1987. Raikes has been in the Washington County School District since 2000. “I am humbled and honored to be representing my peers in Kentucky and Region 2,” says Raikes. “I have been blessed with the opportunity to work with young people for over 29 years. Each and every day has been a learning experience and has allowed me to grow as a teacher and individual.”
“Sarah always puts the students first in everything she does,” says WCHS principal Thad Elmore. “She works diligently to provide the students the greatest opportunities to find success both in the classroom and outside the classroom. I cannot think of a better person to receive this award. I am glad she is here working with the students, staff and parents at WCHS.”
Washington County Schools Superintendent Dr. J. Robin Cochran echoed similar sentiments. “Mrs. Raikes does a fabulous job reaching all students,” she said. “She has a way about her that makes all students feel empowered and she encourages them to gain life-ready skills. We are very fortunate to have her work with our Washington County students.”
Winning the award automatically entered Raikes among five regional finalists at the national level. She will travel to Las Vegas, Nevada in November for the national conference.