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K-State Today

July 27, 2017



Thompson wins second Post-Secondary Teacher of the Year Award

By Chelsi Medved

David Thompson

David E. Thompson, teaching associate professor in the School of Family Studies and Human Services, was recently selected as the recipient of the Post-Secondary Teacher of the Year Award from the Kansas Association for Career and Technical Education, or K-ACTE.

Thompson also received this same award in March from the Kansas Association of Teachers of Family and Consumer Sciences, or KATFACS, an affiliate organization.

The Kansas Association for Career and Technical Education is a professional association that provides opportunities for career and technical educators, administrators, and other supporters of career and technical education. The association advocates for career and technical education and share virtues of professionalism and leadership. 

Thompson was selected for the K-ACTE award as a follow-up to the KATFACS award based on the criteria that he is a full-time administrator, program specialist, coordinator, or other Career and Technical Educator personnel/staff.

"One of Dr. Thompson's primary influences is the support that he provides to students as they are exploring their future options," said Dorothy Durband, professor and director of the School of Family Studies and Human Services. "Several students in the last few years have chosen careers in family and consumer sciences and extension following graduation from K-State."

A large part of his responsibilities in the human development and family science program over the past 13 years includes teaching the seniors' capstone/professional seminar classes as well as overseeing their internships and preparing them for professional careers. More than 95 percent of human development and family science graduates find jobs in related fields or pursue graduate studies.

Thompson's achievements will be recognized during the K-ACTE Summer Conference at the Hilton Garden Inn and Convention Center in Manhattan on July 31 and will be presented the award from KATFACS on Aug. 1.

The Kansas Association for Career and Technical Education is a collaborative organization comprising of the Kansas Agricultural Education Learning Center, Kansas Business Occupations Association, Kansas Association of Teachers of Family and Consumer Sciences, Kansas Council of Career and Technical Education Administrators, Kansas Industrial Educators Association, and Kansas New and Related Services.