The Clemson University Agricultural Education program is proud of its Spring 2018 student teachers. As of May 1st, 10 of the 15 student teachers have already accepted teaching positions with school districts for the 2018-19 school year. Other candidates for graduation are negotiating teaching positions and one plans to enter a graduate school program.
The Clemson University Agricultural Education program recently celebrated its 100th anniversary and proudly boasts of the success of the class of 2018 by ushering the program into the next millennium serving American Agriculture.
Clemson Ag Ed faculty members are; Preston Byrd, Catherine DiBenedetto, Phil Fravel, and Dale Layfield.
KEOWN IS OUTSTANDING YOUNG AGRICULTURAL ALUMNUS AT CLEMSON UNIVERSITY
COLUMBIA, SC…..Timothy R. Keown of Iva, SC, associate state director of agricultural education in South Carolina since 2014, has been named a recipient of the Outstanding Young Agricultural Alumnus Award by Clemson University’s College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences and its National Agricultural Alumni Board of Directors.
Keown, a 2004 graduate of Clemson University with a BS degree in Agricultural Education, began teaching Agri-Science and serving as the FFA and Young Farmer advisor at Crescent High School in 2006. He earned a Master’s in Agricultural Education in 2009 and is currently completing the requirements for a PhD in Educational Leadership at Clemson University.
Recognized as the Outstanding Young Agricultural Educator in South Carolina, Keown has also been honored as the Outstanding Young Farmer Advisor in the state a number of times. He has been named one of ‘Twenty Under Forty’ Outstanding Young Leaders in the Up-state by the Anderson INDEPENDENT MAIL.
A nationally-known leader in Agricultural Education, Keown has served as a member of the board of directors of the National Young Farmer Association since 2015. A regular featured speaker at conferences of the National Association of Agricultural Educators, the National Association of Young Farmers and the National Association of Career and Technology Education, Keown planned and coordinated the National Conference of Young Farmers in Charleston, SC in 2015.
Keown is the son of the late James B. Keown and Mrs. Linda R. Keown, a resident of Iva, SC. He was nominated for the Outstanding Young Agricultural Alumnus Award by John W. Parris of Columbia, director of the SC Agri-News Service and a charter member of Clemson’s National Agricultural Alumni Board of Directors.
CATHCART IS PRESIDENT OF CLEMSON UNIVERSITY FFA ORGANIZATION
COLUMBIA, SC……Austin D. Cathcart of Irmo, SC, a 2016 graduate of Spring Hill High School, is serving as president of the Collegiate FFA Organization at Clemson University for school year 2017-18, reports John W. Parris, director of the SC Agri-News Service. The Collegiate FFA Organization is made up of students majoring in Agricultural Education and others who were active in FFA in high school but are majoring in other agricultural fields at Clemson.
“The mission of the FFA is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success,” Mr. Parris said.
Austin and his twin brother, Jacob, who plan to be agricultural educators when they graduate from Clemson University in 2020, are direct descendants of the first Smith-Hughes Federally-funded agricultural educator in South Carolina one hundred years ago by the name of Thomas Cathcart.
Active in the FFA in high school, Austin was a member of the 2014 State FFA Livestock Judging Team and competed in the national finals held at the National FFA Convention in Louisville, Kentucky. He took top honors in the 2015 State FFA Extemporaneous Speaking Finals and was recognized as a semi-finalist in the national competition. A delegate to the 2015 Commissioner’s School of Agriculture at Clemson University, Austin received the Thomas Dobbins Founder’s Award for his superb leadership as a delegate. A member of the 2016 State FFA Nursery-Landscape Team, he served as an official delegate to the National FFA Convention that year. He also served as president of the SC FFA Association in 2016-17.
An Eagle Scout and an active member of the Riverland Hills Baptist Church near Columbia, Austin is the son of Christopher and Robin Cathcart of Irmo, SC. He is employed by the LeMaster Dairy Center while at Clemson University and at the White Oak Conference Center in Fairfield County when he is home on break.
“Austin is at the top of the list of outstanding FFA members in the nation as evidenced by his successful participation in FFA activities at the state and national levels and by his dynamic leadership ability,” Mr. Parris added.
…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………Note to Editor: For additional information contact John W. Parris at 803-315-2987 and Austin D. Cathcart at 803-603-7346 .
Thirteen years ago Scott Aikens embarked on his journey as a teacher at Clymer Central School the unconventional way. From dairy farmer to full-time teacher, Aikens took the long route to becoming an educator.
Before becoming a familiar face in the hallways and classrooms at Clymer, he attended Jamestown Community College and State University of New York at Fredonia. And before that, he was in the family business of dairy farming.
In his large classroom with a tech-shop and a greenhouse attached to it, Aikens sat down and reflected on his long journey from a dairy farmer.
GREENSBURG – North Decatur High School (NDHS) proudly announced Wednesday that teacher Elizabeth Fry received a $1,000 grant to cover certification and training in the Curriculum for Agriculture Science Education (CASE) program.
This grant is part of the DuPont Pioneer sponsorship program.
“CASE is the most powerful tool available for the advancement of agricultural education and enhancement of student learning of agricultural science subject matter,” Fry said.
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. — During its regular board meeting on Jan. 22, the Jefferson County Board of Education recognized a student and several staff members who have made outstanding contributions to the county’s schools.
At the meeting, the BOE presented one student and eight staff members with certificates of honorable achievement.
Katlin Thorsell, an agriculture teacher and FFA adviser from Washington High, was recognized by the BOE for being named the 2018 West Virginia Teacher of the Year. Thorsell will represent Jefferson County as she travels the state, giving presentations to various schools and organizations, during her reign.
CASSTOWN — The impression left by two of her high school teachers led Marie Carity to strive to be the same kind of influential educator to her own students years later.
”I had two great high school agriculture teachers,” said Carity, agriculture instructor and FFA adviser at Miami East High School. “My first two years of high school, my teacher was Mr. Sam Custer, a graduate of Miami East. My second two years, my teacher was Mrs. Dena Wuebker. I chose a career in agricultural education because of the passion they demonstrated and true desire to always help students.”
Having grown up on a beef farm near Versailles, Carity — a satellite teacher of the Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) — has a lifetime of experience in agriculture. “I enjoyed showing Charolais beef cattle across the country. I loved seeing the places and sharing memories with livestock enthusiasts,” said the oldest of Bob and Sonnie Rhoades’ three daughters.
MANITOWOC – If it takes a village to teach a child, it also takes a community to teach kids about the importance of farming.
So says Jamie Propson, agriculture teacher at Mishicot High School. Learning about agriculture means studying science, biology, business, nutrition, animal care and more. She loves sharing her knowledge with students, and on Sept. 22 she’ll be sharing it with the country too.
She is among four teachers who are members of the National Association of Agriculture Educators chosen from around the U.S. to be part of Culver’s #FarmingFridays, in which participants' photos and videos are shared throughout the day on Culver's social media, including Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter.
Justin Heupel has stuck with plan A for more than two decades as he's moved from eastern to western Montana teaching agriculture.
"Plan A was to be an ag education teacher," Heupel said during an interview in a classroom at the H.E. Robinson Vocational Agricultural Center. "And if plan A didn't work out, plan B was something in ag industry to be able to utilize my degree."
This school year marks his 22nd year teaching and his 14th year with Kalispell Public Schools at the vo-ag center, where he currently teaches seniors and a sophomore class.
Heupel, 43, started out teaching five students in his first job prior to joining the largest school district in Flathead County.
“Agriculture classes are more than just teaching, they include actual life experiences,” Amber Patterson, River Ridge alumna, stated. Patterson was a highly active member of the River Ridge FFA chapter, and is now studying at UW-River Falls to become an agriculture teacher.
Agriculture instructors are in great demand at the moment. At the end of the last school year, both River Ridge and Wauzeka-Steuben’s agriculture teachers departed from the districts. Agriculture and FFA are large parts of the rural schools, with 45 students participating to some degree on average each year at Wauzeka-Steuben and approximately 60 percent of the River Ridge High School student population taking part.
“Agriculture classes teach new ways to think about topics rather than a traditional math or English class. In general, they are very hands-on courses. These courses also do not just teach about agriculture, but also about leadership qualities, work ethic, common courtesy and so much more. In a world where projections show the world’s food supply will not be sufficient to meet the demands within our own life spans, it has never been more important to help educate those interested students to be the problems solvers of tomorrow,” Robert Sailer, Wauzeka-Steuben district administrator stated about the importance of agriculture in schools.
Florida’s Agriscience Teacher of the Year is Cottondale High School’s Stan Scurlock.
Scurlock is the agricultural instructor and FFA Advisor at CHS.
The Florida Association of Agricultural Educators Agriscience Teacher of the Year award recognizes teachers who have inspired and enlightened their students through engaging and interactive lessons in the science of agriculture.
SUTHERLIN, Ore. — Agriculture and industrial arts teachers recently went back to school to better prepare themselves to teach their incoming students.
Teachers from around Oregon and a couple from Washington state participated in a weeklong Shop Management Seminar in early July at Sutherlin High School. The purpose of the eight-hour-per-day, five-day workshop was for new or inexperienced teachers in metals or woods to learn how to effectively use new technology and how to teach career and technical education classes back in their school shops. A couple graduate students from Oregon State University also attended and participated.
The workshop was organized through Oregon State University and the Oregon Ag Teachers Association, and was facilitated by Sutherlin High teachers Wes Crawford in the metals shop and Josh Gary in the woods shop with help from local industry representatives and Umpqua Community College welding instructors.