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SFHS TV Production Teacher Named 2019-2020 CTE Teacher of the Year

South Fork High School Television Production teacher Karen Kane received all of the “Monday Motivation” one could ever need on February 10, 2020, as District and school leaders surprised her with the news she had been selected as the Martin County School District’s Career & Technical Education (CTE) Teacher of the Year.


Ms. Kane has led South Fork’s Academy of Television Production for more than 10 years.  An industry veteran, she worked as a camera technician on various film production crews in Hollywood, California, prior to deciding to become an educator.


“Since Ms. Kane’s arrival at South Fork, the daily news production has greatly improved in both quality and digital content,” said Lana Barros, the District’s CTE and Digital Learning Coach. “She’s introduced state-of-the-art equipment into her classroom and studio, and students have excelled under her leadership.  In addition to the daily newscasts, many students have participated in local contests and produced additional projects, including the yearly graduation ceremonies.”


Each year, CTE teachers and administrators are encouraged to nominate outstanding colleagues to represent the District as the Teacher of the Year.  Nominators complete application packets detailing the exceptional qualities and skills of their nominees, and a committee of District staff judges the submissions to determine who will be selected as the Teacher of the Year.  The award is presented annually in February, which is known as Career & Technical Education Month throughout the nation.


Barbara Anderson, South Fork’s Architectural Drafting teacher, nominated Ms. Kane for the award.  Ms. Anderson respects the relationships Ms. Kane builds with her students, as her lessons and leadership have played a role in many of her graduates’ decisions to pursue careers related to television and journalism.  “Karen is always willing to help her fellow team members,” Ms. Anderson shared in her nomination letter. “Her encouragement and expertise have had a profound influence on her students’ lives.”


 “Our CTE programs play an important role in our mission of educating all Martin County students for success, and the industry experts who lead these courses provide students with invaluable real-world experience and lessons,” Superintendent Laurie J. Gaylord shared.  “Ms. Kane is an outstanding educator who has influenced the lives of so many students, encouraging them to continue honing their skills and pursuing their dreams in the fields of journalism, television production and film production.  I am honored to have her represent the Martin County School District as our 2019-2020 CTE Teacher of the Year.”


Students enrolled in CTE programs are eligible to earn articulated college credit hours at Indian River State College, and also have the opportunity to earn professional industry certifications while still in high school. Students enrolled in the District's CTE academies frequently graduate at higher rates than students who are not enrolled in these programs, and students who earn industry certifications typically have higher GPAs than students who are not participating in CTE academies.


To learn more about the Career & Technical Education programs offered in District-operated schools, please click here