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Great Oaks’ Donna Shirley chosen for National Leadership Fellowship Program

Donna Eakins-Shirley of Monroe, assistant dean at the Live Oaks Career Campus, has been Donna Eakins-Shirleyselected as one of 21 participants in the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) National Leadership Fellowship Program, which provides educators with an opportunity to enhance their leadership skills and involvement in professional organizations. The program identifies, trains, and motivates a cadre of leaders who will continue to advance efforts which support an educated, prepared, adaptable and competitive workforce.

She joined Great Oaks in 2005 as a counselor, and later became an assistant dean at Diamond Oaks and then Live Oaks.  She was previously at Princeton City Schools and Lockland City Schools.

The Fellowship Program is a one-year commitment from January 1 through December 31, 2019. Each of ACTE’s five regions and several Divisions are represented in the program. In addition to more experienced educators, this year’s fellowship class again includes a cohort of new professionals, geared towards those with 2-5 years of CTE experience.

The fellows are required to complete several activities throughout the year, including conducting an in-person visit with a local, state and federal legislator, writing blog posts, attending at least two required events and submitting a final summary of their accomplishments to ACTE’s Board of Directors.

Doug Major will serve as the Fellowship Coordinator for the class of 2019.  He is a former ACTE President and the Superintendent/CEO of Meridian Technology Center in Oklahoma. Major’s service as Fellowship Coordinator will continue through 2020.

About ACTE
The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) is the nation’s largest not-for-profit association committed to the advancement of education that prepares youth and adults for successful careers. ACTE represents the community of CTE professionals, including educators, administrators, researchers, school counselors, guidance and career development professionals and others at all levels of education. ACTE is committed to excellence in providing advocacy, public awareness and access to resources, professional development and leadership opportunities.

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