Michael K. Woods
Michael K. Woods, a product of Career and Technical Education, has worked professionally in the CTE field since 2009, but attributes much of his success to Agricultural Science Education courses and FFA membership which formed the foundation of his passion for CTE as a freshman in high school. Mike earned his B.S. in Agricultural and Extension Education from The Pennsylvania State University’s College of Agricultural Sciences and his M.S. in Agricultural and Extension Education from North Carolina University’s College of Agricultural and Life Sciences.
After teaching Agricultural Science and advising an FFA program in south-central Pennsylvania, Mike transitioned to the Association for Career and Technical Education® (ACTE) as the State Association Liaison for Region 1 where he gained a vast network of CTE stakeholders throughout the Northeast, which is where he became familiar with the CTE Technical Assistance Center (CTE TAC) of New York. That connection led to his most-recent professional role, Regional Field Associate for Central and Norther NY.
Through CTE TAC, Mike has had a core concentration of providing top-notch professional development workshops, seminars, and talks spanning across New York State with a focus on empowering CTE administrators, faculty, and staff in achieving high-quality CTE for all students. 2020 presented unique challenges to educators and administrators across the state of New York. Through his role, CTE TAC increased engagement and collaborative connections among CTE professionals during what might be labeled as some of the most-challenging times in modern day education. Those collaborative efforts remain at the forefront of Woods’ focus in services provided to the NYS CTE community.
Woods has received many accolades throughout his professional history as a Career and Technical Education instructor and leader. Most-recently, he was honored with the Harold L. Pride Award by the Massachusetts Vocational Association (MVA) and the Jim Hanneman Memorial Award presented by Region I of ACTE.
Mike has a true inborn fondness and passion for Career and Technical Education, which he is enthusiastic to share throughout the CTE community in New York.
Mindy Iannotti serves as the Assistant Director of the CTE TAC. Mindy retired from Capital Region BOCES to join the team after a 15+ year position that spanned program management for Arts & Education, Odyssey of the Mind, supervision for the English as a New Language program with itinerant teachers covering the Capital Region & Questar III schools. In addition, Mindy supervised the ALPHA program for Gifted & Talented elementary school children. Eventually Mindy’s programs expanded to include School Library Services and Textbooks for Non-Public Schools.
Most recently, Mindy has spent 7 years as building principal for Schoharie CTE. Maintaining leadership of staff, program development, and various Division-level practices like providing data for the Perkins grant, participating in the CLNAs (including assisting another BOCES in theirs) and contributing to program re-approvals and various other program certifications (NATEF, ACF, NCCER, etc). Mindy had full oversight of the Division’s technical assessments. Mindy regularly attended Advisory Board meetings for her campus as well as sitting on the Division’s Perkins Advisory Board bringing post-secondary leaders and Department of Labor managers together with CTE Leadership.
Prior to being an administrator for CRB, Mindy spent 7 years as a school counselor where she was an advocate for students attending CTE programs. Mindy was the district data coordinator in this role, served on the committee for Special Education, and had complete authority to build the master schedule each year, which utilized her considerable organizational skills.
Mindy has permanent certification as a school district administrator and school counselor. Mindy is a passionate advocate for CTE, seeing the benefit in her students, along with her own children during their schooling.
Program Manager, Sr. Center Specialist
Gretchen has nearly a decade of experience in marketing communications and project management for k-12 education services. She currently supports the CTE TAC of NY as Program Manager and oversees internal and external communications and operations, bringing agility, creativity, and diligence to projects and processes. She holds an MSW from the University at Albany -SUNY and is passionate about equity in education.
Julia supports the CTE TAC of NY as a Center Specialist, Communications Coordinator. She is a recent graduate from the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA), holding a Bachelor’s degree in English with concentrations in Creative Writing and Literature. She brings experience in writing, editing, and general management from her time as a manager for the MCLA Writing Studio and as a freelance writer and editor.
Center Specialist, Sr. Consultant
Constance Spohn serves as Center Specialist, and previously as the Assistant Director of the CTE TAC. She retired from the position of Director of Special Programs at Fonda-Fultonville Central School, Fonda, NY. Her education includes a B.S. and M.S. in home economics education from the State University College at Oneonta, NY. She holds a Ph. D. in Educational Administration and Policy Studies from the University at Albany, and permanent certification as a teacher and school district administrator.
Dr. Spohn’s work experience includes teaching career and technical education and special education students. Her students have ranged in age from pre-school to adult. She began her career at the Madison Oneida Counties BOCES in Verona , NY where she taught career exploration courses to special education students and child care services to both special and general education students. From there she moved to the SUNY, College of Agriculture and Technology, Cobleskill, NY as a professor in the Early Childhood Division. She served as an academic advisor to approximately 45 students per year. One of her major responsibilities was to supervise students doing their practicum experiences in elementary schools and community agencies serving children and families. At the University at Albany, she worked as the Coordinator of the Greater Capital District Tech Prep Consortium and Director of the Two-Year College Development Center. Both positions required the planning and implementation of professional development activities on a statewide basis. This was followed by employment with the Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery County BOCES as director of the Montgomery County 21st Century Community Learning Center Afterschool Program for middle school students. She also served as Interim Elementary Principal at FFCSD. Dr. Spohn has consulted for the US Department of Education, the NYSED, the National School-to-Work Office and the Center for International Leadership in Education. She is an adjunct professor teaching on-line courses for the Vocational Teacher Preparation program at SUNY OSWEGO.
Dr. Spohn has experience in professional organization leadership on local, state and national levels. She has been state president of the NYS Home Economics Teachers Association and the NYS Occupational Education Association and served on the National Tech Prep Network Advisory Board. She has strong skills in grant writing and administration, curriculum and staff development, and most importantly, collaboration.
Operations Director, SPN and Center Specialist, CTE TAC of NY
Deb has over 20 years of experience in education. As Director of Operations for the Successful Practices Network, Deb has vast industry experience including but not limited to nationwide conference planning and execution, streamlining internal processes to increase productivity, high level internal and external support.
Data Analyst, SPN and Center Specialist, CTE TAC of NY
Gerald has varied and extensive research and data analysis experience, and understands the importance of using data to guide effective decision-making.
Gerald is Vice President of Tipping Point Analytics, a company that specializes in acquisition, collection, management, and analysis of data for K-12 education, including Career and Technical Education. Gerald has designed and managed databases and industry-recognized national research initiatives for the International Center for Leadership in Education and the Successful Practices Network (SPN).
Gerald is currently a research consultant to the International Center, as well as the Technical Assistance Center of NY, and has assisted hundreds of schools with understanding and reporting their performance data, including state and national test scores, student engagement criteria, disciplinary actions, and demographic indicators. Gerald has experience in collaborating with education foundations and organizations to engage business and industry in the education reform process at the state level.
As a Senior Associate for the International Center until 1998, Gerald was project manager for several major research initiatives for the International Center, including the National Essential Skills Study (NESS), the Lexile Framework for Reading Study, and the “We” Survey suite.