FLORENCE – Beth Brumley, the Coordinator and Primary Health Science Instructor at the Colbert County School System has been named the 2020 National ACTE New Teacher of the Year. The Association for Career and Technical Education recognizes teachers who have made significant contributions toward innovative and unique career and technical education programs and shown a professional commitment early in
Brumley serves as the RN, CNA Program Coordinator, and Primary Health Science Instructor at the Colbert County School System in Tuscumbia. She was one of five finalists for the 2020 national title.
“Being awarded the National ACTE New Career Tech Teacher of the Year has been more than an honor for me,” she said. “This honor also goes to my students. The award represents all the hard work and extra time that we as educators put into our students. As an RN who left the full-time nursing industry, I look around at my many educator peers and think, ‘Wow! How am I the one who deserves this award?’ But I am so thankful that the ACTE recognizes all of the innovation put into the lesson plans in career tech each day.”
Brumley was hired just five years ago, two days before the start of the school year. From the moment she was hired, she began building the program from scratch. This included renovating the home economics department at Colbert Heights High School from a fully equipped food preparation area to a complete simulation lab and classroom.
As part of the Colbert County System, Brumley works alongside Superintendent Dr. Gale Satchel, also a UNA alumna and member of the UNA Alumni Association Board.
“This recognition proves that one person can make a difference in the lives of our legacy,” Dr. Satchel said. “Mrs. Brumley has gifted our students with a life-long skill that will have an impact on them and our community for years to come.”
Brumley graduated from UNA’s nursing program more than 18 years ago. The incredible work experiences she has accumulated have helped Brumley transition into the classroom as an educator. She said, “Every day I use that experience, especially in my clinicals in nursing school, to teach my students how to serve in the healthcare industry. Without the education and experience I received at UNA, I would not be the nurse/educator I am today.”
Brumley has grown the program so much that there is a rigorous application process. Further, 100% of the students in her classes passed the Nursing Assistant certification.
UNA’s College of Education and Human Sciences Dean, Dr. Katie Kinney, spoke with pride, “The Educator Preparation Program at the University of North Alabama joins the Shoals region in celebrating the positive impact Beth Brumley has on learners in our community. Because of her dedication to her students and the profession, Beth is the epitome of an elite educator and the kind of game-changer we are proud to have at UNA.”