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CACC Educator Named MCCTA Administrator of the Year


Columbia Public Schools Columbia Area Career Center ‘s Jeaniene Thompson for receiving Award

Columbia Public Schools Columbia Area Career Center would like to announce Ms. Jeaniene Thompson as the 2021 Missouri Council of Career and Technical Administrators—Assistant Administrator of the year. She was nominated by supervisors, colleagues and other administrators around the state and awarded at the 87th Missouri Association of Secondary School Principals and MCCTA joint fall conference.

Currently serving as an assistant director of CACC, Ms. Thompson has made her mark on career and technical education over the past 24 years. She taught a variety of business education courses early in her career and then, in 2002, began teaching classes in digital media, graphic design, desktop publishing and web design. In 2012, Jeaniene moved from a classroom teacher to a teacher support coordinator. She provided instructional support for all CACC teachers and coordinated building orientation and instructional assistance for newly hired teachers. 

Her role expanded in 2015 when Thompson became a part of the administrative team. Her duties included coordinating professional development, oversight of the National Technology Centers That Work Initiative and curriculum development.

The following year, Ms. Thompson was promoted to assistant director for CACC. This new position merged her previous responsibilities with the coordination of practical arts in the district. There are more than 40 middle school and high school practical arts teachers in CPS that she regularly supports, in addition to the 40 plus teachers at CACC.

Ms. Thompson earned an Education Specialist degree in Information Science and Learning Technologies in 2012 from the University of Missouri - Columbia, emphasizing Technology in Schools. She uses this skill set regularly as she assists teachers in developing high-quality, engaging, 21st Century curriculum and instruction. She also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Business Education and a Master of Science degree in Curriculum and Instruction with Business Education emphasis from the University of Missouri.

In addition, she is an active member of professional organizations, including the Missouri Association of Career and Technical Education, Missouri Council of Career and Technical Administrators, Association of Career and Technical Education and Missouri State Teachers Association. 

“She has always taken the time to observe classes and give valuable and actionable feedback on instructional strategies and engagement,” states Mr. Nathaniel Graham, Computer Science Instructor. “She cares deeply about students and staff alike, encouraging all to achieve high standards of excellence. I have been able to go to her to find new delivery methods for my specialized content that would increase academic performance and the overall engagement in the course material.”

MCCTA has membership from various career and technical administrators such as Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education personnel, career center directors, community college deans, CTE Coordinators, higher education faculty, adult education directors and others with administrative duties. In addition to meeting during the fall summer conference, the MCCTA has a summer conference with the Missouri Association for Career & Technical Education, regional meetings and sponsors a spring conference that highlights a legislative day.

CACC is a part of CPS and serves the community by providing the following education programs to various ages, including, but not limited to, career and technical education, college preparation, personal enrichment, literacy advancement and workforce development. The vision is to be a national leader in career and technical education. For more information, visit our website at

Columbia Public Schools reflects the community as a district accredited with distinction by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. The vision is to be the best school district in the state, and the mission is to provide an excellent education for all students—from preschool to adult education.