Deborah Bush, instructor at the Academy for Careers and Technology (ACT) in Beckley, was named this year’s West Virginia Lodging Management Program Teacher of the Year.
The Teacher Excellence Award recognizes exceptional teachers who use the Lodging Management Program (LMP) school-to-career curriculum in their classrooms. Developed by the Educational Institute of the American Hotel & Lodging Association and supported by the HEAT Office, LMP prepares high school students for the job market and higher education through coursework, work experience, credentials and scholarships.
Bush was selected by the staff of the HEAT Office, based on exceptional dedication to the Lodging Management Program. She extended the program’s curriculum by motivating her students to participate in internships and by using guest speakers, field trips, and other opportunities within the lodging industry to make the program even more successful.
The West Virginia winner will receive an expense-paid trip to the National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show in Chicago, where she will be recognized at a special luncheon on May 18.
“Ms. Bush sets very high standards for her students and works very hard to help them meet those standards,” said Gene Coulson, coordinator of the Office of Hospitality Education and Training. “Students in the Travel and Lodging programs at ACT have gone on to pursue degrees from Johnson and Wales University in Conference Planning and Management and from Concord College in Hospitality Management. One has even enrolled in culinary school.”
“A well-educated work force is the hospitality industry’s key to success,” said Anthony G. Marshall, president and chief executive officer, Educational Institute of the American Hotel & Lodging Association. “Today’s hospitality students are tomorrow’s hospitality leaders. We are proud to sponsor an award that recognizes the leadership and commitment of hospitality instructors. Teachers like Debbie Bush have an enormous impact on their students and on the future of the hospitality industry."