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2022 ACE Annual Conference

October 17 – 19, 2022

Rosen Centre Hotel

Orlando, Florida

Keynote - LaVonna Roth
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LaVonna Roth

Creator & Founder of Ignite Your S.H.I.N.E.® & CEO of Brain-Powered, LLC

Thousands of educators are exiting the field of education every year, exhausted and burnt out. Frustrated by this crisis that hurts our students, LaVonna set out on a worldwide mission to serve educators, authoring 8 books on brain research and engaging instruction, creating the Ignite Your S.H.I.N.E.® framework, and providing professional development for educators internationally. She has worked with educators in the U.S./Canada, Europe, South America and the Middle East. Her life’s passion is to empower educators like YOU to find the greatness within your students and the greatness within yourself so we can radically shift the traditional approach on how to educate in order to best serve our students. As an elementary and secondary educator, keynote speaker, author, consultant and mom, she is here to serve you so you can effectively serve your students through the lens of brain research, social-emotional needs and the whole child!


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Rosen Centre, Orlando, FL

2021-2022 Sunshine Success Stories: Showcasing Florida’s Adult Education Students

Purpose: Adult education and career, technical and workforce education serve over 80,000 students in Florida through a dual delivery system of K-12 public school districts and community/state colleges. Correctional institutions, libraries, community and faith-based organizations also serve adult students. The Sunshine Success Stories identifies learners who have reached their life goals as a result of their participation in the adult education system and are now active in their communities.

How to participate in the Sunshine Success Stories: Nominations may be submitted by any Florida adult education teacher, administrator, or agency. Complete the nomination application form and email it with a photograph of the nominee to Dave Barnes at: dave@aceofflorida.org.

The deadline is Friday, September 2, 2022 to be considered for the ACE Conference.

Sunshine Success Stories Nomination Form

Dear ACE members:

At this time your professional organization is making plans to honor those among us whose contributions to our students and programs merit special recognition. A
committee has established the following awards to be presented during our 2022 ACE Conference Awards Luncheon at the Rosen Centre, Orlando on Wednesday, October 19, 2022.

(1) Teacher of the Year
(2) The John E. Lawrence Administrator of the Year
(3) Volunteer of the Year
(4) Business Supporter of the Year
(5) Media Promotion of the Year
(6) Instructional Support Staff of the Year
(7) Non-Instructional Support Staff of the Year

The forms and descriptions for each award are included with this letter. Please note that the nominees do not need to be members of ACE, but persons submitting the
nominations must be members. We know that you are aware of many individuals worthy of recognition by our association. At the same time, I also realize how extremely busy you are; however, we feel that you will want to help us in lauding outstanding contributions to adult and community education. Your input will be welcomed and appreciated.

We thank you in advance for your assistance in this important task and look forward to learning about exemplary achievements that have been accomplished in your local area. Please email your nomination(s) to dave@aceofflorida.org. Please include one or two colored pictures in a jpeg format of your nominee.

The deadline for nominations is September 9,2022

If you have any questions, please contact Dave Barnes at the ACE office, (850) 222-2233.

2022 ACE Award Nomination Packet

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2022 Award Winners
ACE Conference Awards
Fred Barch Administrator of the Year 2

Fred Barch
Palm Beach County

Teacher of the Year Karen Hagerty

Karen Hagerty
East Area Adult High School, Polk County

Instructional Support Staff of the Year

Reina Canosa
Miami Beach Adult and Community Education Center

Media Promotion of the Year

Ellawese Washington
103.1 FM – The Big 98.1
Suwannee County

Business Supporter of the Year

George Taylor, Director
Lake County Library System

Volunteer of the Year

Don Gaby Joseph
Orange Technical College, South Campus

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Dr. Ashley Yopp

This year’s ACE of Florida’s President’s Award is being given to someone who has embraced and embodied the spirit of Adult Education from the moment they began. From their willingness to learn, to their attitude of why not us, they have made great strides for the students and practitioners of Florida.

They’ve overcome many challenges and limitations to keep the students at the forefront, while also ensuring that Adult Ed doesn’t get left out of the discussion. There aren’t enough words to truly describe their entire impact on Adult Education. ACE is thankful that they are in the forefront, leading us through changes to the landscape of Adult Education.

ACE is proud to present this year’s ACE of Florida President’s Award to Dr. Ashley Yopp, Bureau Chief, Adult Education, DCAE, FDOE!

Carlos A Manrique ACE Hall of Fame

The ACE of Florida Hall of Fame award is given annually to individuals who have distinguished themselves over the span of a career as an advocate and champion of adult education.  It is one of the highest honors ACE bestows on an individual.  We are proud to announce this year’s ACE of Florida Hall of Fame inductee is Carlos Manrique.  The names on the plaque you see here represent decades of outstanding educators, and Carlos joins that group today. 

Carlos is well known to most of you as the District Supervisor for School Operations, overseeing the Division of Adult & Workforce Development Education for Miami Dade Public Schools where he has served in various positions since 1996.  What you may not know about Carlos is a lifetime’s worth of service in several remarkable careers.  

Carlos originally joined the school system administration in 1996 as a legislative coordinator for state education issues; something he continued with throughout his career in Miami.  Carlos was appointed to a multitude of positions representing the district by several superintendents.  He was valuable to them all. 

Prior to joining the public school system, Carlos worked with the Florida Legislature in various capacities over the course of 18 years – first as an aide, then as staff assistant, and finally as a member of the Florida House of Representatives as Representative for House District 115 (1992-1994). Carlos’ knowledge of adult and career technical education led to his appointment as House Minority Lead for K-12 education. Carlos was also elected by his colleagues to serve as Chairman of the Hispanic Caucus. Prior to that, he served as an auxiliary Special Agent for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. He is truly a man of many talents. 

He is married to his better half, Violet Moreno-Manrique, his wife of eighteen years.  Carlos has one son, Carlos O. Manrique, two stepsons, Frank and Jorell Hernandez, and four grandsons, Carlos Alfredo, Adam Clark, Nicolas (Nico), and one granddaughter, Allison Kate. Carlos officially retired this past summer, and we are certain he will be spending time with those grandchildren as well as cruising the world with Violet. 

Please join me in congratulating the newest member of the ACE of Florida Hall of Fame and our friend, Senor Carlos A. Manrique.