Summer 2021 Pinnacle Awards
Angela Teeman has increased STEM programs in her region by more than 14% since August 2019, adding multiple programs in Broken Arrow, McAlester and Poteau. She finds innovative ways to work with schools to find pathways from middle school to 13th and 14th years involving all divisions of CareerTech. CareerTech’s educational attainment goals include increasing system enrollment and CTSO participation by 10% each. This employee’s work helps achieve both goals by adding programs and teachers and students who will participate in the Technology Student Association.
Above and Beyond
Tracy Boyington helped develop, deliver and receive surveys from four focus groups -- students, faculty/staff, parents and parents of students with disabilities -- to help agency employees conducting civil rights reviews limit their time on campuses during the pandemic. The surveys helped reviewers gather information from more people than in previous years and identify areas of concern to focus on when they visited sites. This employee helped build the surveys and the process from the ground up, helping write the questions, sending them out and helping gather results. In addition, she helped with CT Hub and provided exceptional work on it.
Excellence in Customer Service
Melissa Sturgeon has created an exciting work environment for agency employees. She has created fun holidays that give employees a new reason to visit HR and help them have fun and get to know each other. She has also created the monthly News You Can Use HR newsletter, which gives useful, interesting and timely information, including the HR Challenge of the Month. Her efforts have helped create a welcoming culture where employees can have fun and share ideas.
Leadership in Achieving Excellence
- The accreditation team received the Team Award. Pictured are, from left, State Director Marcie Mack, Craig Maile, Nancy Rodriguez, Tracy Boyington, Margi Cooper, Jessica Ventris, Kim Downey, Sandra McKnight and Justin Lockwood. Not pictured is Alan Nahs.