OHM BOCES Teacher Named SkillsUSA Advisor of the Year

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NEW HARTFORD — Kimberly Petronella, coordinator/teacher of the Oneida-Herkimer-Madison BOCES New Visions: Health Professions program, was recently named SkillsUSA National Advisor of the Year and the first recipient of the SkillsUSA Hall of Champions award.

The awards were presented to Petronella during SkillsUSA’s National Leadership and Skills Conference recognition session last week in Atlanta.

SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, educators, and industry professionals who work together to provide leadership and citizenship development to complement students’ vocational and technical education. Chapters and their members can also participate in local, state, and national SkillsUSA competitions.

As one of the top five regional winners, Petronella was interviewed at the national conference and later selected as National Councilor of the Year.

“Kimberly is a SkillsUSA champion with a genuine passion for helping students develop their talents and leadership,” said Chelle Travis, Executive Director of SkillsUSA. “She supports quality programming for students built around the SkillsUSA framework, which prepares them to further their education or join our nation’s skilled workforce.”

Before joining BOCES as a teacher of health professions in 1997, Petronella worked as a charge nurse, nurse manager, nurse supervisor and floor nurse. During her tenure as a nurse, she has worked in many specialty areas including medical-surgical nursing, long-term care, acute care, rehabilitation, critical care, emergency care and home health services. She completed the OHM BOCES LPN program during high school and is a member of the
Association for Vocational and Technical Education. “My CTE experience has given me the opportunity to explore and learn about my career of choice, and I’m so proud to have the ability to pass it on to future generations of healthcare providers” , said Petronella.

She has previously been recognized as Rotary Club Teacher of the Year, 2022 Women of Distinction Award Recipient, 2020-2021 SkillsUSA Area II Advisor of the Year, 2021 SkillsUSA Outstanding Career and Technical Educator Award Recipient, 2022 SkillsUSA Area I Advisor of the Year and first recipient of the SkillsUSA Hall of Champions award.

SkillsUSA’s OHM BOCES Chapter has also been recognized under Petronella’s leadership, earning the Gold level in the Chapter of Excellence program for four consecutive years and being honored as a National Model of Excellence in 2021.

“Kim Petronella exemplifies the service components of Skills-USA and consistently dedicates her time and effort to increasing opportunities for students in the classroom and in the community,” said David Stayton, OHM BOCES Career and Technical Education Principal. . “Kim is an exceptional educator and a role model for our new instructors. We are very proud of her accomplishments in her role as SkillsUSA Advisor,” he added.

BOCES Oneida-Herkimer-Madison serves the school districts of Brookfield, Clinton, Holland Patent, New Hartford, New York Mills, Oriskany, Remsen, Sauquoit Valley, Utica, Waterville, Westmoreland, and Whitesboro.

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