In order for our members to know the individuals who serve them at the national level, NASDCTEc is sharing a blog series called â€œMeet Your Board Members;â€ today we are featuring Dr. Fran Beauman, Associate Member Representative.
Dr. Beauman has been an active member of NASDCTE for over 25 years and has served on a variety of the Associationâ€™s committees. Over the past 40 years, she has been involved in multiple facets of Career Technical Education (CTE). She started as a Family and Consumer Science teacher in 1970. After teaching high school for 9 years she left to work at the in the CTE Department at the Illinois State Board of Education. During the 25 years she was at the agency, she served as manager for a variety of units these included program improvements and evaluation, research and development and program technical assistance. As State Director of CTE for Illinois she worked with postsecondary and secondary educators, business partners and others in connecting education to workforce preparation. Since retiring as State Director in 2002, she has been involved in a variety of interesting and challenging initiatives. Some of these include serving as project director for the statewide implementation of the Health Science Career Clusterâ„¢ and Transportation, Distribution and Logistics (TDL) Career Clusterâ„¢ in Illinois; coordinating the Illinois Mathematics, Science and Transportation, Distribution and Logistics Career Clusterâ„¢ Initiative; and directing a TDL curriculum development project which is funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation.
Dr. Beauman received her bachelorâ€™s, masters and doctoral degrees at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale.
When asked for her goals as a Board Member, Beauman said â€œOne of my goals is to promote the Career Clustersâ„¢ Initiative and continue to work with schools and industry to further Career Clusterâ„¢ support. Another goal is to provide support to states as they incorporate the common core standards into their CTE programs and assure that students are ready for both college and careers.â€
NASDCTEc appreciates Fran Beaumanâ€™s service to the Board. She can be reached at email@example.com.
Ramona Schescke, Member Services Manager