Career Center teacher named Outstanding Professional of the Year

Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Posegate (Sydney Stonner/Democrat-News)

Saline County Career Center teacher Cara Posegate was recently named Missouri's New Outstanding Professional of the Year by the Marketing and Cooperative Education Association.

Posegate was at the Missouri Association for Career and Technical Education summer conference on Wednesday, July 22, when her name was announced as the winner of the award.

"I was excited," she said. "My heart was pounding."

Posegate is beginning her fourth year at SCCC. She teaches fundamentals of marketing and advanced marketing and oversees a marketing work program. Posegate is also the Distributive Education Clubs of America sponsor, and under her direction, students in that program have flourished.

"Each year I've been here, I've taken at least one student to nationals," she said. "I'm very proud of nationals."

To be eligible for the MCEA award, applicants had to have completed the third, fourth or fifth year of teaching and be nominated by a marketing colleague. Posegate said she has met other teachers through DECA, but she doesn't know who nominated her.

"Maybe they'll tell me later," she laughed.

Posegate also wrote an essay and obtained six letters of recommendation as part of the application process. She asked SCCC counselor Joan Clouse to write one of those letters.

"She goes above and beyond to do a good job with teaching," Clouse said.

Along with the award, Posegate received a commemorative plaque from MCEA. Next February, she will "compete" with all outstanding new teachers in career and technical education to be named statewide overall winner. That teacher then goes to regional and possibly national award competitions.

This is not the only teaching award Posegate has received either. As a graduate assistant in business education at University of Missouri, she received the "high flyer" award for having consistently good student evaluations.

Now that school has started again, Posegate is more focused on her students. But, the marquee outside the school bears a congratulatory message for Posegate, and her colleagues at SCCC are proud of her, too.

On one of her classroom visits, Clouse bragged to Posegate's students about their teacher's recent award.

"She turned so red," Clouse said about Posegate. "She was very embarrassed."

Although Posegate is humble about her award, she was gratified to receive it. But, she said, the award is not the only rewarding part of her job.

"It's really exciting when students come back and say they're going into marketing," she said.

Contact Sydney Stonner at marshallbusiness@socket.net

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