Awards & Recognitions
The CACTA Awards program seeks to promote excellence in career and technical education by recognizing individuals in the following categories:
CACTA Administrator of the Year: CACTA member who has made significant contributions to the field of career and technical education, whose programs exemplify the highest standards, and/or whose institutions have conducted activities to help promote and expand career and technical programs.
CACTA Emerging Leader: Newer CACTA member who has shown growth and initiative in their CTE role.
CACTA Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Champion: CACTA member who is doing great work to ensure equitable access and support.
CACTA CTE Champion: Industry leader, legislator or vendor who has contributed to the advancement of CTE.
CACTA Administrator of Year
2022 Winner: Mary Krisko, CTE Director
Peyton School District
CACTA CTE Champion
2022 Winner: Nikki Lester
CACTA Emerging Leader
2022 Winner: Tessa Gargano, Asst Principal
FutureForward Washington Square Adams 12
CACTA Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Champion
2022 Winner: Chris Duran, Assistant Principal
FutureForward Bollman Adams 12
2021: Kristi Weaver, Adams 12 Five Star Schools
2020: Nikki Carter, Widefield School District
Past Winners *Previously Friend of CACTA
2021: Lisa Seaman, Workforce Manager for Construction Education Foundation
2021: Jessica McAllister, Lewis Palmer
2020: Jessica Bright, Cherry Creek Schools
This is a new award created in the 2022 school year.