The Colorado Association for Career & Technical Administrators
The Colorado Association for Career & Technical Administrators (CACTA) is the Administration Division within CACTE. Our vision is to energize and communicate the passion and value of Career and Technical Education (CTE) throughout our communities.
The vision of CACTA is to energize and communicate the passion and values of Career and Technical Education throughout our community.
The mission of CACTA is to promote professional leadership and development of members to ensure Career and Technical Education within the education systems of Colorado will meet the continually changing education and training needs of students and business/industry
Bio: Kristi Weaver began her educational career as a Business, Marketing and Technology Teacher close to her hometown in North Carolina. She taught seven years in North Carolina before moving to Colorado in 2007. She continued teaching for four more years and then became a CTE administrator in 2011. She has worked in four Denver metro area school districts including Adams 12 Five Star Schools where she currently serves as Director of CTE and Postsecondary Readiness. Kristi earned her Bachelors of Science in Business and Marketing Education and her Master of Arts in Instructional Technology from Appalachian State University. She earned her Educational Specialist degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Northern Colorado. Kristi has been an active member of CACTA for ten years. She served on the CACTA Executive Board as the Secretary for six years and Treasurer for two years. She currently serves on the CompTIA National CTE Advisory Council.
L. Kristin Weaver
Director of Career and Technical Education
& Postsecondary Readiness
1500 E 128th Avenue
Thornton, CO 80241-2602
How did you get involved with career and technical education?
I entered the world of Career and Technical Education (CTE) during college as a Business and Marketing Education major. I participated in FBLA and DECA events while I was student teaching, and my entire professional career has been in CTE.
Where do you see Colorado growing in areas of CTE?
With the increased focus and funding on building a strong talent pipeline in CO, I see work-based learning and industry partnerships as continuing areas of growth for Colorado CTE. We want to provide more students with in-depth work-based learning opportunities where they can see and experience the workplace firsthand and build confidence in their skill sets. A key factor in providing those opportunities is developing strategic partnerships with businesses and organizations, so everyone sees the value of engaging with young adults.
What is something you have accomplished in CTE that you are proud of?
I see so much of my work as collaborative efforts between teachers, administrators, and colleagues, so I am most proud of the network I have built within the educational and CTE community. If I had to highlight one accomplishment, it would be when I first became a CTE administrator in a large school district, and I inherited a disjointed group of CTE teachers who represented their own interests, schools and programs. After some time and critical conversations, we transformed into a CTE leadership team with shared vision and decision making that served all of our CTE students, teachers, and programs.
What advice would you give a new administrator in CTE?
Get involved in our state professional organization, Colorado Association for Career and Technical Administrators, sooner than later. I have made so many connections and established so many valuable relationships through spending time with colleagues in CACTA.
Do not be afraid to reach out to our State CTE team and/or colleagues in other districts and ask for help.
Surround yourself with smart people that think differently than you, so you are stretching your own thinking and imagination. Along those same lines, do not get so caught up in the "weeds" of CTE compliance, that you stop imagining and ideating.
Keep students at the forefront of your decision making.
What are some things you would like people to know about you?
Personally, I am genuinely a happy person who enjoys being active, outside, and challenged. I have a hard time unwinding, so my idea of fun involves recreation that forces my brain to disconnect. Therefore, you will most likely find me in a river fly fishing, on a golf course, driving my RZR on a trail, or skiing down the slopes.
Professionally, I try to continuously push myself to be better, learn more, and think bigger picture. I welcome collaboration and I am always willing to help if I can.