President's Message
Just as I was excited for an early Spring, it appears Winter has finally decided to join us. This week I spent a few days in Northern Idaho joining Harold Nevill with the Idaho CTE Foundation touring industries and learning more about needs in their future workforce. In addition to conversation about their workforce needs, I shared struggles of our workforce and the challenges of recruiting and retaining Career & Technical Education Educators for our schools.

In the Strategic and Long Range Plan, one area the CTEI Board identified as a strategy is promoting and spotlighting the great work of our CTE Educators. During the CTEI Board meeting in January, it was unanimously approved to move the CTEI Awards deadline to June 1st, 2018. I have challenged my fellow administrators to recognize the amazing work going on in their districts and I challenge each of you to consider nominating someone who continuously goes above and beyond. It is very easy to say "I will" or "next week" about submitting an application, but it does take some time preparing and submitting the application, however, don't let that detour you from doing so! You can learn more about the Awards available for CTEI Members here . I nominated three teachers last year and while it does take time and effort, it is important we share in the success and achievements of our peers.

February, March, and April bring state competitions for our Career & Technical Student Organizations--often it seems the role of being a CTE Educator are endless, however, don't easily forget the significant impact you are making in students' lives each and every day. Best of luck to you and your students during your competitions and leadership development.

I'll continue hoping for Spring to "officially" begin and we can all continue counting down the days until Spring Break.

Have a great March!

Clay Long
CTEI President
CTEI and CTE Foundation Meet with Industry
This past Monday, the Idaho CTE Foundation and CTEI partnered to host a set of Goodwill Tours to meet with local industry to learn about workforce needs and to talk about the CTE educator pipeline.

Students and CTE Teachers (from Lewiston High School) joined Foundation and CTEI Leadership to tour facilities and hold conversation. The day included Clearwater Paper, Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, and VISTA Outdoor. Each business facilities provided an up-close and personal tour of their operations and demonstration of the critical skills needed for their workforce. Contact information was shared and will be provided with local educators to help provide in-classroom guest lectures. (Special thank you to CTEI President-Elect Melinda Pals for arranging the students and staff from LHS who joined for the tours).
Students from Lewiston High School join CTE Foundation President and CTEI President at
´╗┐Clearwater Paper for a tour and conversation.
Member Spotlight: Maria Marosvari
Name :
Maria Marosvari
Teaching Area:
Family and Consumer Science-Early Childhood
Nampa Senior High School
How long have you been teaching?
´╗┐3 years
What do you enjoy most about your job? The aspect that I enjoy the most about my job is all the variables that come into play every day. There is never a day that is the same, and there are always challenges and opportunities to make a difference.
Why would you encourage a new teacher to engage in their teacher association? I think having others to support you and collaborate with are very important as well as just having others to talk to that can understand your situation.
If you could change one thing about your classroom environment, what would it be? If I could change one thing about my classroom environment, it would be to have a state of the art dedicated room and outdoor play area for my Early Childhood Program.
What is something about you that would surprise people? I was the Superintendent of the Home Arts Department of the Western Idaho Fair for five years.
What is something you would like to learn to do? I would love to learn Spanish.
What is one of your goals? I hope to go to Cambodia with my friend summer 2019.
(Each month, CTEI will spotlight a member. If you have a recommendation on who we should spotlight, contact Brenda Jacobsen , Public Relations Chair.)
Professional Development Opportunities
July 30 - August 2, 2018 ICTE Professional Development Conference, Boise. Reach for passion. Reach for knowledge. Reach for excellence. Attend Idaho's premiere Career Technical Education professional development opportunity. Stay up-to-date
CTEI Committee Work
The hard-work is realized! To learn more about the Committee Charrges and the members of each committee, click the committee name. If you are interested and did not have a chance to sign-up, contact the committee chair.
  • Awards/Recognition Committee (Debra Guinn, Chair): What better way to help CTEI than to engage in the acknowledgement and recognition of our members and the amazing work they are doing? 
  • By-Laws Committee (Mindy Pals, Chair): This committee reviews our By-Laws and provides recommendations for amendments during our Annual Meeting at REACH. 
  • Conference Committee (Tom Bandolin, Chair): The REACH Conference and Tech Expo Committee will provide opportunities for CTEI Members to foster professional development through workshops and presentations, as well as networking with other CTE professionals and technical industry experts. Join the committee that leads this work. 
  • Legislative Committee (Lex Godfrey, Chair): The purpose and charge of the legislative committee is to inform membership of legislative issues. Additionally the committee advocates for legislative and regulatory positions that support, enhance and recognize the value of career and technical education.  
  • Membership Committee (Robert Hale/Shannon Holt, Chairs: Help guide us in ways to recruit membership and ensure we provide the services our membership desires. 
  • Nominating Committee (Ivak Cooper, Chair): Be part of the committee who identifies and brings nominations forth for the CTEI Executive Committee.
  • Professional Development (Robert Hale, Chair): As the focus for our membership, Professional Development opportunities are critical to CTEI's success, but how do we best provide these to all of our membership? Engage in the conversation on how to provide PD to all membership.
  • Public Relations Committee (Dr. Brenda Jacobsen, Chair): Join in the work to spread the message about the great work CTEI is doing and the success and achievements of our membership.
Officer Contact Information
Contact your Association Representative or a member of the Career & Technical Educators of Idaho Board and check-out the CTEI website .
The First Friday Flash is produced by Career Technical Educators of Idaho.
If you'd like to have something included in this monthly communication,
please contact Dr. Brenda Jacobsen , Chair of the Public Relations Committee.