This year I was invited to work the NAAE convention in Vegas and am absolutely loving it. Last year I was able to attend convention in Nashville as a staff member after serving as a communications intern with NAAE. It was a fabulous experience meeting ag teachers from around the nation, attending workshops and seeing the behind-the-scene work of a convention.
I've been spending most of my time at the convention registration desk where I have become a professional at making name tags. It's a great chance to see familiar faces and get to know new ones. I'm also looking forward to attending a few workshops, especially as I prepare to go into the classroom as a student teacher! (Aaah!!!)
The NAAE Convention staff includes of NAAE student staff and interns who work their butts off during the week! But we also find time to see the sights during our downtime including seeing the fountains in front of the Bellagio, taking a limo ride down the strip and enjoying a free concert featuring the Eli Young Band, Randy Rogers Band and Jack Ingram. I've really enjoyed getting to know my fellow staff members!
It's easy to see why attending NAAE convention is such a great event for ag teachers. There are tons of workshops and general sessions recognizing OUTSTANDING teachers and programs to get new ideas for their local programs. It's also fun to watch the relationships that teachers have developed with other teachers over the years - what a better place to network with your peers. Also, you come home with a ton of free resources!
Professional development + networking = a good life. Spending a week with the greatest individuals in the world - ag teachers - as well as getting in a little break before life gets really crazy!