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8/7/2013 8:55:00 AM
Three CV JTED administrators, instructors receive honors
Kathleen Little, left, Casey Farnsworth, center, and Dolisa Pehl, right are JTED award winners for 2013. Courtesy Photos
Kathleen Little, left, Casey Farnsworth, center, and Dolisa Pehl, right are JTED award winners for 2013.

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Chino Valley High School Career and Technical Education teachers on July 13 attended their annual Association for Career and Technical Education of Arizona Summer Conference in Tucson. Two of Chino Valley's CTE teachers, Dolisa Pehl and Casey Farnsworth, and administrative assistant Kathleen Little received awards at the Mountain Institute Joint Technical Education District awards dinner the same day.

Culinary Arts Instructor/Family, Career and Community Leaders of America advisor, Dolisa Pehl received the "2013 Top Service Learning Teacher of the Year" award.

Dolisa Pehl has taught for 17 years and has been the Culinary Arts instructor at CVHS for the past six years. In addition to teaching Culinary Arts, she also is the FCCLA advisor. Pehl works closely with students and supervises many service learning opportunities, including Chino Valley Corn Dinner pie sales, dinner theater with the CVHS Drama Club, Bowen Chiropractic grand re-opening, Meals on Wheels Volunteer Banquet, the National Bank grand opening, and No Kid Goes Hungry Family Night and Dance.

Under her guidance, FCCLA at the high school has realized many accomplishments. This past school year, students attended Local Officer Training, Fall Leadership Camp, FCCLA Fall Conference, and Spring State Conference.

FCCLA also was the driving force behind the Anti-bullying Day at CVHS and was recognized in State Supt. John Huppenthal's newsletter and on the Arizona FCCLA's website. It also received the Silver Outstanding Chapter Award; the chapter president was elected as Arizona State FCCLA president; and another student was elected to the position of State vice president of public relations. In addition, Pehl was honored as the Arizona State Advisor of the Year.

Casey Farnsworth received the Outstanding New MI-JTED/CTE Teacher of the Year award. He has been an agriculture teacher at the high school for the past four years. In addition to teaching Ag, he also is one of the FFA co-advisors and the farm manager at the Cooper Ag Center farm. Farnsworth strives to show his students by example that no matter what aspect of agriculture interests them, there is much to learn and do by becoming an entrepreneur.

Farnworth works closely with students and supervises agricultural education activities, which include, but are not limited to, Hay Production, Beef Cattle Production, Navajo Churro Sheep Production, Boer Goat Production, Poultry Production, Welding/AG Mechanics, Greenhouses, and Fish Hatchery.

Through hands-on learning and using the facilities and technology at CVHS, Farnsworth said he knows his students are better prepared to enter the work force and become successful in the agriculture industry.

Recently, students worked together to install a drip irrigation system for their 300-vine grape vineyard. Also, many FFA students actively participate in district and state contests including horse judging, meats evaluation, livestock judging, aquaculture, Ag education, and Ag mechanics.

Farnsworth is husband to Jenna and father to Logan and "one-on-the-way."

Outstanding Administrative Assistant Kathleen Little has been the CTE administrative assistant at Chino Valley High School for four years. She has an in-depth knowledge of Schoolmaster and Visions programs, which she is willing to share with other JTED/CTE schools. She assists the CTE Director in maintaining CTE accountability measures and organizes large volumes of data in order to prepare 40th Day, 100th Day, Concentrator, Placement, and Participant reporting to ADE. She also schedules and organizes CTE activities such as meetings, travel, and conferences for the CTE Staff and CTSOs. The work she produces is always of the highest quality and she needs little if any supervision.

Students at Chino Valley High School know that Little is there to help them with any related MIJTED/CTE questions. She actively participates in Back-to-School Nights, Future Freshmen Night, the ED Fair, and other events that help promote MIJTED/CTE. Teachers and administration at Chino Valley High School see Kathleen as one of the "go to people" when questions arise regarding MIJTED/CTE. In her position on the Mountain Institute Advisory Committee, she actively participates in the policies and procedures to supports JTED/CTE goals. Her opinion is valued and she always puts what is best for students first.

Little has been married to her high school sweetheart Aaron for 22 years and has two children, Trevor and Cassie.

Both the Culinary and Agriculture programs also received a total of $500 from the local JTED to be spent on classroom supplies and equipment in their programs due to outstanding test results from their students on the end of the year CTE assessments.

The Agriculture program received $200 for the highest JTED average score in the state and $100 for the second highest score in the district (CVUSD) in the state on the Agribusiness CTE Assessment.

Culinary received $200 for the state's highest JTED average score on the Culinary Arts CTE Assessment.

The Bioscience program at CVHS also received $100 for having the state's second highest JTED average score on the Bioscience CTE Assessment.

During the conference, staff attended many informational and hands on training workshops to help them better educate their students.

Mountain Institute, one of 13 Arizona JTEDs (Joint Technical Education Districts), serves high-school eligible students in western Yavapai County, including public, private, charter, home school, and accommodation school students. Education partners include Yavapai College, and the Ash Fork, Bagdad, Chino Valley, Humboldt, Mayer, Prescott, and Seligman school districts. For more information, call 928-771-0791 or visit

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