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Amanda Psarovarkas

CTE Coordinator


I hold a Master of Science in Education Administration from Lamar University, complementing my Bachelor of Science in Education from Sam Houston State University. These academic achievements have equipped me with a solid foundation in educational theory, leadership principles, and administrative practices. My graduate studies at Lamar University provided me with specialized knowledge and skills in educational leadership, policy analysis, and organizational management, preparing me for roles in school administration and educational leadership. Similarly, my undergraduate education at Sam Houston State University laid the groundwork for my career in education, fostering a deep understanding of pedagogy, curriculum development, and instructional strategies. Together, these educational experiences have shaped my professional journey and continue to inform my work in advancing educational initiatives and advocating for student success. In addition to my academic degrees, I hold a principal certification, underscoring my commitment to educational leadership and my readiness to serve in administrative roles within school settings. Furthermore, I have obtained several teaching certifications, including ESL (English as a Second Language) and Special Education. These certifications reflect my dedication to meeting the diverse needs of students and ensuring inclusive and equitable learning environments. With these qualifications, I am well-equipped to address the academic, linguistic, and developmental needs of all learners, fostering a supportive and enriching educational experience for every student under my guidance.

What are your key CTE responsibilities in your current job role?

As the Coordinator of CTE in Pearland, Texas, my key responsibilities revolve around advancing and enhancing career and technical education (CTE) programs to best serve the needs of students and the community. Some of my key responsibilities include:

  1. Program Development: Leading the development and implementation of comprehensive CTE programs that align with industry standards and meet the needs of a diverse student population.
  2. Curriculum Planning: Collaborating with educators and industry partners to design and implement rigorous and relevant CTE curriculum that prepares students for success in their chosen career pathways.
  3. Professional Development: Providing ongoing professional development opportunities for CTE teachers and staff to ensure they have the knowledge and skills necessary to deliver high-quality instruction and support student learning.
  4. Partnerships and Outreach: Cultivating partnerships with local businesses, industries, and community organizations to provide students with authentic learning experiences, internships, and job opportunities.
  5. Data Analysis and Assessment: Collecting and analyzing data on student outcomes and program effectiveness to inform continuous improvement efforts and ensure that CTE programs are meeting the needs of students and stakeholders.
  6. Compliance and Accountability: Ensuring compliance with state and federal regulations related to CTE programs and accountability measures, while also advocating for policies that support the growth and sustainability of CTE initiatives.
  7. Student Support: Providing support and resources to CTE students to help them succeed academically and professionally, including career counseling, mentorship opportunities, and access to industry certifications and credentials.

Overall, my role as the Coordinator of CTE is to lead strategic initiatives that promote the growth and success of CTE programs, ultimately empowering students to achieve their academic and career goals.

Why do you feel Career & Tech education is important the future of education?

Career and technical education (CTE) stands as a pivotal cornerstone in the future landscape of education, and its importance cannot be overstated. CTE programs are uniquely positioned to bridge the gap between education and the ever-evolving demands of the workforce. By providing students with practical skills and knowledge directly relevant to industry needs, CTE equips them with the tools necessary to thrive in today's competitive job market. Moreover, CTE offers multiple pathways to success, recognizing that not all students learn or aspire to follow the same trajectory. Whether through traditional college preparation or technical and vocational training, CTE ensures that students have options tailored to their interests, strengths, and career aspirations. Crucially, CTE's emphasis on hands-on, experiential learning fosters deeper understanding and critical skills development, preparing students not just for specific jobs, but for lifelong learning and adaptability in a rapidly changing world. Furthermore, by staying agile and responsive to industry trends, CTE programs ensure that graduates are equipped with relevant and up-to-date skills, enhancing their employability and readiness to contribute meaningfully to the workforce. Importantly, CTE promotes equity and access by providing opportunities for success to all students, regardless of their background or academic abilities, thus helping to level the playing field and advance social mobility. In summary, CTE is indispensable to the future of education as it prepares students for the workforce, addresses skills gaps, offers diverse pathways to success, fosters hands-on learning, meets industry demands, and promotes equity and access for all learners.

What is the biggest benefit students can receive from enrolling in CTE programs/courses? 

The biggest benefit students can receive from enrolling in CTE programs/courses is the acquisition of practical, real-world skills that directly translate into career readiness and success. Unlike traditional academic subjects, which often focus on theoretical knowledge, CTE programs emphasize hands-on learning experiences tailored to specific industries and professions. This approach allows students to develop tangible skills, competencies, and certifications that are highly valued by employers in fields such as healthcare, information technology, manufacturing, skilled trades, and more. By immersing themselves in CTE coursework, students gain firsthand experience in applying classroom concepts to real-world scenarios, whether through internships, apprenticeships, or project-based learning. This experiential learning not only enhances academic understanding but also fosters the development of critical thinking, problem-solving, and teamwork skills essential for success in any career. Furthermore, CTE programs offer students a head start on their career pathways by providing opportunities to earn industry-recognized credentials and certifications while still in high school or college. These credentials validate students' skills and knowledge, making them more competitive in the job market and increasing their likelihood of securing meaningful employment or advancing to higher education programs. Overall, the biggest benefit of enrolling in CTE programs/courses is the practical preparation they provide for future careers, empowering students to enter the workforce with confidence, competence, and a clear pathway to success.

Please share some of your hobbies.

Reading, Skiing, Hiking, Gardening, Tennis and Sailing.