Tri County Tech Instructor Named OkACTE New Teacher of the Year

Wyatt Gerth, TCT Creative Marketing Communications Instructor, named the Oklahoma Association of Career and Technology Education’s 2023 New Teacher of the Year

Tri County Tech’s Creative Marketing Communications Instructor, Wyatt Gerth, was named the Oklahoma Association of Career and Technology Education’s 2023 New Teacher of the Year during the annual CareerTech Summit at the Cox Business Convention Center.

The award recognizes an outstanding CTE educator with up to five years of experience in a career or technical education setting. This educator has not only introduced meaningful contributions toward career and technical education programs, but has also showcased remarkable professional commitment from the onset of their career. Gerth received a $5,000 cash award along with a plaque and student-designed trophy.

“Winning Oklahoma Career Tech’s New Teacher of the Year is an incredible honor that humbles me beyond words. As an educator, my passion has always been to light the path of knowledge and skills for my students, guiding them towards a future filled with opportunities. This award is a testament to the hard work and dedication Tri County Tech has poured into creating an innovative and inclusive learning environment. I am deeply grateful for this recognition, and I am more committed than ever to continue nurturing the talents of my students, equipping them for success in the dynamic world of career and technical education.” – Wyatt Gerth, Creative Marketing Communications Instructor at Tri County Tech

Based in Bartlesville, Tri County Tech serves students from Washington, Osage, and Nowata counties.
Other statewide winners announced at the ceremony include Teacher of the Year, Jonathan Walden, from Oklahoma Agricultural Education Teachers Association, Support Staff Member of the Year, Amber Sutton, from Autry Technology Center, and Postsecondary Professional of the Year, Jona Kay Squires, from Metro Technology Centers.

“We congratulate Wyatt Gerth on being awarded the OkACTE New Teacher of the Year. Mr. Gerth’s unwavering dedication, innovative teaching methods, and passion for Creative Marketing Communications have profoundly impacted his students’ lives and Tri County Tech. I am proud to have such an incredible educator among us, and we extend our heartfelt congratulations on this well-deserved achievement.” – Dr. Tammie. Strobel, Tri County Tech’s Superintendent & CEO

About Oklahoma CareerTech

Oklahoma CareerTech is often used as a model for programs across the United States and around the world. The Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education provides leadership and resources and assures standards of excellence for a comprehensive statewide system of career and technology education. The system offers programs and services in 29 technology center districts operating on 60 campuses, 391 PK-12 school districts, 17 Skills Centers campuses that include three juvenile facilities and 32 Adult Education and Family Literacy service providers.

About Tri County Tech

We’re one of Oklahoma’s first CareerTech schools and have a steadfast spirit for innovation and improvement – driving economic development since 1967. Our devotion to each other, our students, and the life-changing learning we provide fuels our pursuit of excellence. We call this the “Tri County Way.” We have locations in Bartlesville, Pawhuska, and Nowata, Oklahoma. Tri County Tech is part of the Oklahoma CareerTech system, which offers programs and services in 29 technology center districts and operates on 59 campuses across the state. CareerTech plays a vital role in developing a world-class workforce for Oklahoma employers and prepares Oklahomans to succeed in the workplace, in education, and life.