Advisors of the Year
The SkillsUSA State Directors Association created the Advisor of the Year award to recognize and honor dedicated career and technical education instructors who serve as SkillsUSA advisors. State winners are submitted to the regional competition. At NLSC, regional winners are interviewed and a national winner is selected.
To nominate someone for advisor of the year, please contact your state association director.
The 2018 regional Advisors of the Year are:
Region 1 (Maryland)
During more than 25 years of teaching health professions at Washington County Technical High School in Hagerstown, Md., Marjorie Kellman has trained hundreds of nurses, lab technicians, physician’s assistants and physicians. Students love this dedicated instructor who challenges them to be their best. Active in SkillsUSA Maryland for 25 years, she was 2010 Washington County Teacher of the Year. Starting as an advisor in 1993, her accomplishments include merging the school’s Student Government Association with SkillsUSA and facilitating the transition of students into SkillsUSA from other organizations to provide more health science-aligned competitions and leadership experiences for all students.
Region 2 (Virginia)
Cosmetology instructor Joyce Price has led the SkillsUSA chapter at Blacksburg High School, Va. to many outstanding accomplishments. A true professional who exhibits extraordinary teaching and leadership skills, she is dedicated to both her students and community. The detail-orientated individual has been active in SkillsUSA for more than 18 years and is a former VICA member. Price has been invaluable to the state leadership, and serves on the SkillsUSA Virginia board of directors, is the state officer trainer, chair for SkillsUSA District 7 and serves on the SkillsUSA Virginia State Leadership Conference planning committee.
Region 3 (Ohio)
Electrical trades instructor Jeff Bertke has been instrumental at local, regional and state levels for SkillsUSA Ohio. A graduate of Upper Valley Career Center in Piqua, Berke spent several years working in the industry before his passion for career and technical education led him back to the classroom to teach. Students at Upper Valley thrive under Berke’s leadership. He consistently incorporates the SkillsUSA framework and curriculum into lessons, creates opportunities for students to practice leadership, and provides community service activities for students. Berke serves on numerous volunteer committees and was the 2017 SkillsUSA Ohio Advisor of the Year.
Region 4 (Oklahoma)
During 24 years as a cosmetology instructor and 15 years as a SkillsUSA advisor, Corine Triplett has been a passionate advocate for SkillsUSA, working to build awareness of and support for programs that positively shape tomorrow’s professionals at Tulsa Technology Center, Okla., and elsewhere in the community. Driven by deeply held values of excellence through service to others, unwavering integrity, and trust built through close relationships, the results can be seen in the careers and achievements successful students she has touched. Triplett serves on numerous boards and committees and was the 2017 Oklahoma SkillsUSA Advisor of the Year.
Region 5 (Colorado)
A dedicated educator in the construction trades for 28 years and with 13 years as a SkillsUSA advisor at Durango High School, Colo., Shaun Smith’s passion is in teaching, coaching and advising students. Following his leadership, students learn the value of devoting their time to give back to the community. Over the last 12 years his classes have raised tens of thousands of dollars by designing and building playhouses to be auctioned off for a local charity. Smith’s accomplishments include being elected vice president of the SkillsUSA Colorado advisory board and he was named high school Colorado Advisor of the Year in both 2009 and 2017.