Herman Locklear with award

LUMBERTON – The Public Schools of Robeson County’s Career and Technical Education director has been named CTE Administrator of the Year for the Sandhills Region.

 Herman Locklear received the prestigious recognition during the 2022 CTE Summer Conference.

 “I am so honored to have been chosen and I look forward to starting the process of creating my portfolio to submit for NC State CTE Director of the year in April,” Locklear said.

 Locklear has served as PSRC’s CTE Director for 13 years and has been employed within the school district for 33 years.

 “This award recognizes administrative CTE professionals at the school, district, county, state or federal level who have demonstrated leadership in ensuring teacher and student success and have made significant contributions toward innovative, unique and effective career and technical education programs,” according to Association for Career and Technical Education Administrator of the Year guidelines.

 The ACTE guidelines state that candidates are evaluated on “contributions to teacher and student success, innovations in CTE and leadership in the local or greater CTE community.”

 “The NC Association for Career and Technical Education Administrator’s Division (NCACTEA) coordinates the selection of the regional administrators of the year in collaboration with the CTE Regional Coordinators,” according to Lee O'Neal, section chief for Regional Services of Career and Technical Education at the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.

 “In NC, the Regional Administrator of the Year is nominated and elected by their regional peers. It is truly an honor to be recognized by your colleagues in the region as they have first-hand knowledge of the leadership the administrator provides in their district,” O’Neal said.

 Locklear works diligently to advance the program and efforts to prepare students for the workforce after they complete high school, said Jessica Horne, PSRC’s chief communications officer.

 “The Public Schools of Robeson County would like to congratulate Mr. Herman on the well-deserved achievement and thank him for his dedication to the school district,” Horne said.

 “Mr. Locklear embodies the characteristics of an effective leader and administrator,” said PSRC Superintendent Dr. Freddie Williamson.

 “We would like to thank Mr. Locklear for his leadership and many years of service to students in the CTE program and congratulate him on the well-deserved recognition,” Williamson added.