Canadian Valley Technology Center honored three of its most outstanding employees recently at the school’s end-of-year employee luncheon. Each year, employees are given the opportunity to vote for individuals in three different categories they believe are most worthy of the distinguished awards.

Teacher of the Year

Traci McNeff, Graphic Design instructor, was named Teacher of the Year. McNeff is originally from Rochester, Tex. She attended Abilene Christian University and received bachelor’s degrees in English and Journalism.

Before coming to CVTC in 2007, she taught English and Yearbook at Tuttle High School. McNeff is also working towards her National Board for Professional Teaching Standards certification, which she plans to complete later this year.

She and her husband Donnie reside southeast of Chickasha with step-daughter Kate. McNeff has one other step-daughter, Ellen, in Houston, Tex.

Professional of the Year

Bill Chambers, Curriculum and Media Coordinator, was named Professional of the Year. Originally from El Reno, he received both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford.

Chambers began his career in technology education as the SW Region Teacher Educator in 1999. Shortly thereafter, he became the E-Biz instructor at CVTC, before moving into the position he holds now, the Curriculum and Media Coordinator.

Prior to his time at CVTC, Chambers served several years in public education as the superintendent and middle school principal of Rush Springs Public Schools; and a music and band director at Blanchard, Dibble, Marlow and Mangum.

Bill and his wife, Crystal, reside in Chickasha and have three sons: David, Michael and Daniel.

Support Staff of the Year

Diana Callahan, bookstore clerk, was named Support Staff of the Year. Callahan has been a CVTC employee since 1986. Before that, she was a student in what was then known as the Health Sciences program. Following her program completion, she came to work at CVTC and spent time working in the BIS department, health services and bookstore.

Born and raised in Amber, she spent her earlier years as a stay-at-home mom and working for the city of Amber.

Diana now resides in Chickasha. She has two grown children, five grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. In her free time, she enjoys reading, gardening and spending time with her grandchildren.


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