Henderson County Public Schools Celebrates Alison Garrett as the 2024 CTE Teacher of the Year

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HENDERSONVILLE, NC (March 21, 2024) — Henderson County Public Schools (HCPS) proudly announces Alison Garrett, the dynamic Marketing teacher at West Henderson High School, as the district’s North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching’s (NCCAT) Career and Technical Education (CTE) Teacher of the Year.

Garrett’s unparalleled dedication and innovative approach to education have distinguished her as a true “force of nature” within the educational community. Since joining West Henderson High School’s faculty two years ago, Garrett has propelled the Falcon marketing program to new heights, demonstrating exceptional leadership and commitment to student success.

“Ms. Garrett exemplifies the spirit of excellence we strive for within our CTE programs,” said Scott Moore, HCPS Director of CTE. “Her passion for teaching, coupled with her innovative initiatives, has had a transformative impact on both her students and colleagues.”

Expressing her gratitude, Garrett stated, “I am truly humbled by this award. I work with the most outstanding educators, and to be recognized among them is an honor. Together, we strive to provide the best possible opportunities for our students, and I am grateful to be a part of such a supportive and inspiring team.”

Garrett’s contributions to the marketing program at West Henderson High School have been nothing short of impressive. Through her efforts, she has expanded the program’s offerings and provided numerous opportunities for students to develop essential skills for their future careers. As the DECA advisor, students have excelled in events, gaining valuable experience and leadership skills that will serve them well beyond the classroom. This year, 35 students competed at the state competition, 27 of them are new to DECA. Five students will be traveling to Anaheim, CA in April to compete at DECA’s International Career Development Conference with over 23,000 students from across the globe.

In addition to her work with DECA, Garrett is credited with initiating the highly successful service learning event, the Mr. WHHS pageant, which has become a beloved tradition at the school. This event not only showcases the talents of West Henderson students but also fosters a sense of community and philanthropy within the school. At the November 2023 pageant, DECA raised over $21,000 to support HCPS families facing adversity.

Furthermore, Garrett’s commitment to mentorship extends beyond her classroom. She actively mentors a younger CTE teacher, sharing her expertise and fostering professional growth within the department.

“Ms. Garrett’s impact on our school community cannot be overstated,” said West Henderson Principal Luke Manuel. “Her dedication to our students, her creative teaching strategies, and her leadership within the CTE department make her truly deserving of this honor.”

NCCAT’s CTE Teacher of the Year program offers district-level nominees the opportunity to engage in professional development through NCCAT in Cullowhee, where Garrett will be competing alongside teachers from other districts for the honor of NCCAT CTE Teacher of the Year.