Gjovik named ACTE Region V Teacher Educator of the Year

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Peder Gjovik, associate professor and chair of the Department of Technology at Valley City State University, was named ACTE Region V Teacher Educator of the Year at the Association for Career and Technical Education’s Region V Conference held in Colorado Springs, Colorado, April 11–14.The Teacher Educator of the Year award recognizes teacher educators who have demonstrated innovation in teacher education, leadership in improving Career and Technical Education (CTE) and commitment to preparing teachers to deliver high-quality CTE programs. As a regional Teacher Educator of the Year, Gjovik will participate in a competitive interview process for the national Teacher Educator of the Year award and attend the ACTE CareerTech VISION 2018 conference in San Antonio, Texas, Nov. 28–Dec. 1, 2018.His recent work includes helping establish accelerated pathways to bachelor’s degrees and teaching credentials for graduates of North Dakota two-year colleges who hold technical-specialty degrees. He is currently involved in development of an online course to fulfill student-teaching requirements for distance technical-education candidates.Gjovik joined VCSU as an adjunct instructor in 2006 and began his full-time teaching career at the university in 2008. He was named department chair in 2014. His previous experience includes teaching in a two-year college graphics program for 21 years, teaching industrial technology for grades 7–12, and owning and operating several printing and graphics businesses. He holds a doctorate in occupational and adult education from North Dakota State University, a master’s degree in industrial technology from the University of North Dakota, a bachelor’s degree in industrial education from VCSU, and an associate degree in liberal arts from Lake Region State College. Gjovik serves on the North Dakota Technology and Engineering Educators Association Board of Directors. ACTE, the largest national education association dedicated to the advancement of education that prepares youth and adults for careers, aims to provide educational leadership in developing a competitive workforce. ACTE Region V includes 16 states—Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming—along with American Samoa, Guam, and the Philippines.