Moore Norman Technology Center Instructional Coach/Certified Teacher Lucinda Francis was recently awarded the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) Region IV Teacher Educator of the Year award. Francis is a twice nationally board-certified instructor with more than 30 years of teaching experience. She holds four teaching certificates, and two Master of Education degrees (Education, and Administration and Supervision).
This award recognizes teacher educators who have demonstrated innovation in teacher education, leadership in improving Career and Technical Education (CTE) and commitment to preparing teachers to deliver high-quality CTE programs.
In her 15 years at MNTC, Lucinda coached 50 different new instructors on their way to becoming master instructors. Lucinda earns hundreds of professional development hours to ensure she is teaching our new instructors the best methods to be effective in the classroom.
As a certified English teacher and MAX Teaching Trainer, Lucinda Francis demonstrates the importance of increasing literacy in the classroom. Working one-on-one with teachers, she spearheaded a project where she assisted teachers with developing two lessons, which she used as a foot in the door for coaching. Instructors chose the lessons they wanted to develop and Francis coached them on how to incorporate the MAX Teaching Strategies. This created additional opportunities for coaching regarding diverse students, rigor and relevance, driving instruction with formative assessment, integrating literacy and numeracy, building access for all students, utilizing backward design, inquiry, reflection and project-based learning. After seeing how successful this program was, several Oklahoma CareerTech’s implemented it and OkACTE began to make workshops available.
For 14 years, Francis has been a member of Educational Services - Special Populations, where she serves on the Diversity Action Committee with previous positions of secretary and PAC representative. She serves on the board of the Oklahoma Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development, and the Oklahoma Technology Association. Previous board positions include the Oklahoma Gifted and Talented, and the Center for Children and Families. She is a 15-year member of Rotary International and Sooner Rotary where she served in many leadership capacities including president.
By winning the ACTE Region IV Teacher Educator of the Year award, Francis is now eligible to take the next step and compete on the national level.