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J Casiday Award - Chef Joel Casiday received the TIVA Outstanding CTE Teacher Award presented by TIVA Executive Director Diana Ferguson on Wednesday, Jan. 19. Courtesy photoJ Casiday Award - Chef Joel Casiday received the TIVA Outstanding CTE Teacher Award presented by TIVA Executive Director Diana Ferguson on Wednesday, Jan. 19. Courtesy photo

Special to the News-Times

COLDSPRING — The Texas Industrial Vocational Association awarded Joel Casiday, Culinary Arts Instructor/SkillsUSA Advisor at Coldspring-Oakhurst High School, with a top award recently.

Casiday was named 2022 TIVA Outstanding Career and Technical Education Teacher Award on Wednesday, Jan. 19. This award recognizes the finest career and technical education teachers at the middle/secondary school level who have demonstrated excellence and innovation in the classroom, commitment to their students and industry, and dedication to the improvement and promotion of CTE in their institutions and communities.

Joel “Chef” Casiday attended the University of Louisiana at Monroe, graduating in 2008 with a degree in Social Studies Education. He received his degree in Culinary Arts in 2012 from the Art Institute of Houston, where he graduated as the Top Graduate of the Culinary Arts program. 

He began teaching at Livingston High School in the fall of 2012, later moving to Coldspring-Oakhurst High School in 2019. Chef Casiday has worked the past 10 years to build, develop, and implement high-quality, local culinary arts programs, training students to become successful and industry-ready students.

In addition to his teaching duties, Casiday has represented hospitality education in leadership capacities across the state. He has served the greater CTE community as the SkillsUSA District 7 Officer Advisor and currently serves as a technical chairperson for various district and state SkillsUSA contests, a member of SkillsUSA State Advisory Board, a member of the TIVA Board of Directors, the TIVA District 7 Director, a SkillsUSA new contest developer, and iCEV national conference presenter.

Casiday was announced the winner at the Opening Session of the TIVA Mid-Winter Conference, recognizing the best CTE educators in the state. The event took place at the Omni Houston-Galleria Hotel. Chef Casiday is a resident of Livingston and will represent the State of Texas at the Association for Career and Technical Education Regional Teacher Awards in the coming months.

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