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This post is part of the June 2019 Teach Ag Times e-newsletter. 

 

There are many great parts to being an ag teacher, one of which being the great, positive relationships ag teachers build together. Ag teachers across the nation have the opportunity to network and build great friendships and relationships through their passion for agricultural education. This month, we get to meet Victoria Herr and Kelse Brown -- two recent graduates in ag education who are getting ready to begin their teaching careers, while also building a life together.

 

Quick Background Information: Kelse just graduated from The Ohio State University, while Victoria graduated from The Pennsylvania State University. Kelse will be teaching at Penn Manor High School and Victoria will be teaching at Kutztown Area High School, both in Pennsylvania.


Q:  How did you both meet?
A:  We both served as National Teach Ag Ambassadors during the 2017-2018 school year. This brought us both to Indianapolis for the National FFA Convention, and after a week together the rest is history!

 

Q:  What are your professional goals?
A:  We're both planning to stay in the classroom for a long time!


Q:  How do your teaching philosophies differ?
A:  I guess I would say that I (Victoria) am more spontaneous and flexible in my instruction and Kelse is more of a planner and organizer. It's always fun for us to bounce ideas off of one another at the end of the day.


Q:  Describe your involvement in agricultural education and how you got to where you are now with your relationship.
A:  We were both agricultural education students and FFA members throughout high school, which is what inspired us to be in the classroom today. We were very involved in agricultural education at our respective universities, as well as through the National Teach Ag Campaign. After graduating in 2018, Kelse served with AgriCorps in Ghana, West Africa for six months before moving to Pennsylvania, where he is now a long- term substitute in the agriculture department at my home high school. I just graduated in May and accepted a position at Kutztown Area High School, about an hour from my home. In terms of our relationship, it has been an adventure! We've done lots of long distance from Ohio State to Penn State, Penn State to Ghana, and one side of PA (where Kelse was subbing) to the other (where I was student teaching). Teach Ag brought us together in October of 2017, and just a few short days from now we will be married! We're pretty excited to be the first ever Teach Ag Ambassador husband and wife

 

Q:  Where do you see yourselves in 10+ years?
A:  In the classroom and raising a family -- that's the dream!

 

Interested in learning more about the BEST.CAREER.EVER? Follow this link to the Teach Ag website to learn more about how you can begin your path to making a positive difference in the lives of students and their communities each and ever day and start building your own lifelong friendships today!

 

Totally Acceptable. . . . 

  1. To not forget those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our great nation this Memorial Day weekend,
  2. To have some fantastic plans for a vacation this summer (even if it is only for a few days),
  3. To join the NAAE Virtual Book Club this summer and experience a new kind of professional development,
  4. To have class outside and enjoy the beautiful sunshine,
  5. To be emotional at graduation when you see your hardworking seniors cross the stage.
 
 

My Corner of the World

The school year is almost over. How is your desk looking? For Jackie Tichepco, agriculture at Leilehua High School, in Hawaii, papers are being passed back, to-do lists are being checked off, and another school year is almost in the books!

 

Want Your Picture in New Teacher News???
Send a high-quality picture of your desk (or your colleague's desk) to Andrea Fristoe & look for your picture in an upcoming edition!

 

Ag Teacher Hack

How do you collect and organize work when students are absent???

Absent Student Work Area Organization
This hanging file pocket organizer was purchased from Amazon and helps students find and turn in their class assignments when they are absent. 

Thank you Josette Nebeker, agriculture teacher at Highland High School, Idaho for such an awesome idea!

This idea was posted on the  Ag Education Discussion Lab Facebook page.

Share Your Ag Teacher Hack!
Have a great idea or tip that is your "go to" in the classroom? Share it with us! Contact Andrea Fristoe and look for your Ag Teacher Hack in an upcoming edition of New Teacher News!

 

Stay Inspired!

 

NAAE Membership Benefits

Ag Ed Relief Fund

The Agricultural Educator Relief Fund is designed to assist individual NAAE active members during a time of personal crisis or need. NAAE members may receive up to a $500 stipend to help them through a difficult time. The fund is made possible by the support of state associations and private donors.

 
 

Before You Go. . . 

2019-2020 National Teach Ag Ambassadors Announced
Each year, an elite group of preservice agricultural education majors are selected from a nationwide pool of applicants to serve as National Teach Ag Ambassadors. This year, we are happy to have 14 aspiring ag teachers represent our profession as ambassadors. 

 

Mark Your Calendar!

 
 
 
 

Contact Us

Ellen Thompson
Project Director
ethompson.naae@uky.edu
605-350-3842

Andrea Fristoe
Program Manager
afristoe.naae@uky.edu
800-509-0204

 
 

The National Teach Ag Campaign is a project of the National Council for Agricultural Education, led by the National Association of Agricultural Educators. For more information, visit the Teach Ag website. Funding for the National Teach Ag Campaign is provided by the CHS Foundation, Corteva Agriscience™, Growth Energy, and BASF as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.

 
 

 

There are so many unique opportunities offered to agriculture teachers. From greenhouse production and management to raising livestock, rebuilding engines, and learning how to use GPS technology to improve production, there is no question why teaching agriculture truly is the
 BEST. CAREER. EVER.

 

The Unexpected, Yet Awesome Parts of Being an Ag Teacher

This month we get to meet Scott Stone, agriculture teacher at Centralia High School, in Centralia, Missouri. Scott has been teaching agriculture for 22 years and has a wealth of knowledge and experiences to share with us about the unexpected joys of being an ag teacher. 

 
 
 

"My goal as a teacher is to influence “ah-ha” moments in each student. I truly believe these moments take a classroom experience from ordinary to extraordinary." 
-Rebekka Paskewitz

Meet Rebekka!

Teach Ag Ambassador Spotlight

Each year the National Teach Ag Campaign selects an elite group of preservice agriculture teachers to represent the future of ag education.

This month, we are featuring Rebekka Paskewitz, a Sophomore at South Dakota State University, majoring in agricultural education.  Follow the link below to see how she inspires students to learn, her advice for future ag ed majors, and to find out whySouth Dakota State is a great option for pursuing a degree in ag education.

 

#TeachAg on Twitter

 
 
 
 

Mark Your Calendar!

 
 
 
 
 

Contact Us

Ellen Thompson
Project Director
ethompson.naae@uky.edu
605-350-3842

Andrea Fristoe
Program Manager
afristoe.naae@uky.edu
800-509-0204

 

Aileen Ehn
Program Manager
aileen.ehn@naae.org

 

The National Teach Ag Campaign is a project of the National Council for Agricultural Education, led by the National Association of Agricultural Educators. For more information, visit the Teach Ag website. Funding for the National Teach Ag Campaign is provided by the CHS Foundation, Corteva Agriscience™, BASF, Herman & Bobbie Wilson, and Growth Energy, as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.

This post is part of the May 2019 Teach Ag Times e-newsletter. 

 

This month we get to meet Scott Stone, agriculture teacher at Centralia High School, in Centralia, Missouri. Scott has been teaching agriculture for 22 years and has a wealth of knowledge and experiences to share with us about the unexpected joys of being an ag teacher. 

 

Q:  What motivates you to Teach Ag?
A:  When I decided to become an ag teacher, it was to help motivate students to become the best person they can be. I wanted to help students learn new skills and excel. As time has progressed, and more people have little connection for agriculture, my motivating factor has become the need to educate individuals about the importance of production agriculture in our world. If we do not educate young people, they will become adults who despise our industry, simply because they do not understand it. I want every student who comes through my classroom door to understand our country's most basic, yet important industry. We must educate the next generation or we will depend on other countries to feed us. 

 

Q:  Where is the coolest place you have traveled as an ag teacher and why did you go there?
A:  I have had the opportunity to accompany two of my National FFA Proficiency finalists to Costa Rica. It was amazing to see how different, yet the same agriculture is there. I had the chance to learn about their production systems. I also went zip lining. For anyone who knows me, I am petrified of heights, so this was a major step outside of my comfort zone. One of my most vivid memories was just after we landed, we boarded a bus to take us to our first stop. Due to the flooding, the main road was washed out, so we had to take the back road. There were some very beautiful waterfalls, but the road was only wide enough for one vehicle. So when we met anther vehicle, we had to back down the mountain until there was a pull off. No guard rails, no road burn. I thought we were going to die. 

 

Q:  What is the most interesting/bizarre project you have taken on as an ag teacher?

A:  As an ag teacher, you never know what the next project coming down the pike is. One day I may be helping fix the baseball pitching nets, and the next day we are picking up trash around the school grounds.  All of this goes into making this job a great one. One of my most memorable projects happened about three years ago. It was the day before prom and I had a student show up in my room. She said, "I forgot to order flowers for prom. Can you make me a boutonniere  and corsage for tomorrow?" I said, "I do not have any fresh cut flowers, why don't you try the flower shop." The next response was, "I do not have any money." So I said, "Sure, we will get you what you need." So using only bedding plants and ferns from the greenhouse, we made a boutonniere and corsage for this young prom couple. I just kept praying that it stayed together and made it till the end of the night. P.S: It did. 

 

Q:  What unique skills/knowledge have you gained by being an ag teacher? 

A:  As an ag teacher, you have to have all kinds of skills and knowledge. You have to be a jack of all trades and master of few. My favorite subject area is animal science, so I have learned to do everything from artificial insemination to processing a chicken. I have learned a lot in the greenhouse, but can still kill plants with the best of them. I am a licensed bus driver, which is cool and scary all at the same time. I am great and saying "yes" first, and then figuring out a plan afterwards. I am not good at saying "no." 

 

Q:  Why is teaching agriculture the BEST. CAREER. EVER?
A:  When most people look for a job, they have specific criteria they are looking for. Some want to work inside, some want to work outside. Some want to work with people, some do not want to be around people. Some want to do the same thing every day, some want something different every day. Some want to use a computer, and some want to use their hands to make stuff. So after 22 years of teaching, I can truly say that teaching agriculture is all of these. This career combines the best attributes of all jobs into one. I can say beyond a shadow of a doubt that this career lets you have the perfect job, while making a difference in the world every day. 

 

Interested in learning more about the BEST.CAREER.EVER? Follow this link to the Teach Ag website to learn more about how you can begin your path to making a positive difference in the lives of students and their communities each and ever day.

 

Ag education is one of the most rewarding degrees you can pursue. From opportunities to travel, network, and TEACH, the benefits of joining the Ag Ed family are innumerable, which is why becoming an ag teacher truly is the
 BEST. CAREER. EVER.

 

TAG You're It! -- A Future Agriculture Teacher!

This month meet MaKayla Rose, a Junior agricultural education major at Morehead State University, in Kentucky. She has an exceptional passion for agriculture and teaching, which makes agricultural education the perfect fit for her. Find out what inspired her to become an agriculture teacher and what goals she has for her future classroom and program.

 
 
 

"When looking forward to my career as an agricultural educator, I’m most excited about stepping into the role of being an encourager, motivator, and mentor to each of my students." 
-Maggie Martens

Meet Maggie!

Teach Ag Ambassador Spotlight

Each year the National Teach Ag Campaign selects an elite group of preservice agriculture teachers to represent the future of ag education.

This month, we are featuring Maggie Martens, a Sophomore at Oklahoma State University, majoring in agricultural education.  Follow the link below to learn about her passion for agricultural education, her advice for future ag ed majors, and learn why Oklahoma State is a great option for pursuing a degree in ag education.

 

#TeachAg on Twitter

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Contact Us

Ellen Thompson
Project Director
ethompson.naae@uky.edu
605-350-3842

Andrea Fristoe
Program Manager
afristoe.naae@uky.edu
800-509-0204

 

Victoria Hamilton
Marketing Assistant
vhamilton.naae@uky.edu
800-509-0204

Aileen Ehn
Program Manager
aileen.ehn@naae.org

 

The National Teach Ag Campaign is a project of the National Council for Agricultural Education, led by the National Association of Agricultural Educators. For more information, visit the Teach Ag website. Funding for the National Teach Ag Campaign is provided by the CHS Foundation, Corteva Agriscience™ Agriculture Division of DowDuPont™, BASF, Herman & Bobbie Wilson, and Growth Energy, as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.

 

Totally Acceptable. . . . 

  1. To currently have a small flock of talkative chickens hanging out in the back of your classroom,
  2. To go ahead and place your Teach Ag Kit orders so they will be here in time for your FFA banquet or graduation,
  3. To wear bright and colorful clothes to help usher in Springtime,
  4. To check out the recently updated Agricultural Education Supply and Demand Profiles on the Teach Ag website,
  5. To use your greenhouse as a place to meditate, relax, and reflect on the day. 
 
 

My Corner of the World

What trinkets do you keep on your desk to help you stay inspired and motivated? For Matt Bernia, agriculture teacher at St. Louis High School, in Michigan, a little John Deere Green and some Teach Ag Hootie Owls keep him going.

 

Want Your Picture in New Teacher News???
Send a high-quality picture of your desk (or your colleague's desk) to Andrea Fristoe & look for your picture in an upcoming edition!

 

Ag Teacher Hack

Looking for a quick, easy, and FUN fundraiser???

Easter Fundraising Idea
Engage with your community by hosting an Egg My Yard fundraiser. Your students get to go out into the community and spread a little cheer in the lives of young children, who will hopefully one day be in your ag program.

Thank you Mackenzie Brewer Wright, agriculture teacher at Carroll County High School, Kentucky for such a great idea!

This idea was posted on the  Ag Education Discussion Lab Facebook page.

Share Your Ag Teacher Hack!
Have a great idea or tip that is your "go to" in the classroom? Share it with us! Contact Andrea Fristoe and look for your Ag Teacher Hack in an upcoming edition of New Teacher News!

 

Stay Inspired!

 

NAAE Membership Benefits

Legislative Action Center

A powerful tool for members to use when trying to build relationships or advocate for ag education. Look up contact information for your legislators and see how they have voted on issues important to agricultural education.

 
 

Before You Go. . . 

Regional Supply and Demand Profiles Now Available
Our supply and demand profiles provide a snapshot of the current status of agriculture teacher supply and demand based on NAAE region. The data was collected from state agricultural education leaders in the fall of 2018 and is based on the 2018 calendar year.

 

Mark Your Calendar!

 

 

 
 
 
 

Contact Us

Ellen Thompson
Project Director
ethompson.naae@uky.edu
605-350-3842

Andrea Fristoe
Program Manager
afristoe.naae@uky.edu
800-509-0204

 

Victoria Hamilton
Marketing Assistant
vhamilton.naae@uky.edu
800-509-0204

Aileen Ehn
Program Manager
aileen.ehn@naae.org

 

The National Teach Ag Campaign is a project of the National Council for Agricultural Education, led by the National Association of Agricultural Educators. For more information, visit the Teach Ag website. Funding for the National Teach Ag Campaign is provided by the CHS Foundation, Corteva Agriscience™ Agriculture Division of DowDuPont™, BASF, Herman & Bobbie Wilson, and Growth Energy, as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.

 

This post is part of the April 2019 Teach Ag Times e-newsletter. 

 

This month meet MaKayla Rose, a Junior agricultural education major at Morehead State University, in Kentucky. She has an exceptional passion for agriculture and teaching, which makes agricultural education the perfect fit for her. Find out what inspired her to become an agriculture teacher and what goals she has for her future classroom and program.

 

    Q: Who or what inspired you to become an agriculture teacher?

    A: From a young age, I knew that I wanted to do something in the agriculture field and that I loved to help people. From that, my parents enrolled me in the 4-H livestock program, where I blossomed. I loved every aspect and continue to volunteer with this organization. However, my parents have been my biggest inspiration and for that I thank them. 

 

Q:  What has been your most memorable experience in ag education so far?

A:  My most memorable experience was attending the National FFA Convention this past year and meeting with all kinds of other ag education majors. I was not offered FFA in high school, so getting to experience that was really rewarding. 

 

     Q:  What has been the most rewarding part of being an ag education major so            far?

A:  The most rewarding part of being an ag education major so far has been seeing the faces of students who are learning new things that they never realized before. Watching students work in the greenhouse and make the connections of how things work and grow really is a good feeling. I love when students learn new things and begin to develop their own passions as well. 

 

Q:  What has been the most challenging part of being an ag education major so far?

A:  The most challenging part of being an ag education major is going into the classroom not knowing anyone and having students who don't really want to be there. They just think it'll be an easy "A" class, so they don't really pay attention to what you are teaching and miss out on the importance of the lesson. However, I have found that hands-on lessons really help with this issue because it gets the students more involved, so they aren't just sitting at a desk listening to you talk. 

 

Q:  How do you stay motivated to finish your degree and become an ag teacher?

A:  I just keep telling myself that the light is at the end of the tunnel, and it is approaching fast. I have a book to close and a new story to write once I finish my degree. 

 

    Q:  What is your #1 goal as an ag teacher?

    A:  As an ag teacher, my number one goal is for my students to walk away from my classroom at the end of the year -- or even the end of the day -- and have a better appreciation for agriculture and everything that it provides for us. 

 

    Q:  What does your dream classroom look like?

    A:  My dream classroom would consist of different workshop areas. It would be huge and basically off to itself due to its size. There would be an area for my sit-down lessons/lectures, an area for construction/welding, there would also be a greenhouse, and an area where I could keep smaller livestock.  

 

Q:  Do you want to teach in a single-teacher or multi-teacher department? Why?

A:  I would like to teach in a multi-teacher department because having that other person who understands agriculture and its importance would be very beneficial. We would be able to collaborate with our classes/lessons, as well as split the teaching load of the agriculture curriculum, so that students are able to get the most out of our lessons. There would always be a fresh set of eyes for my class/lesson ideas as well. 

 

Q:  What classes do you want to teach?

A:  Theoretically if I were in a multi-teacher department, I would like to teach horticulture, animal science, and floriculture. 

 

Q:  What advice do you have for those considering a future in ag education?

A:  Go for it! You are always learning something new and getting your hands dirty. It is such a rewarding choice that you will make and you won't regret it!

 

Interested in being TAGGED yourself or know someone who would make a great ag teacher one day? Check out the Teach Ag website for more information on how you can begin your journey today!

 

Totally Acceptable. . . . 

  1. To spruce up your classroom with spring colors and decorations, even if there is still a foot of snow outside,
  2. To spend more time in your greenhouse than your classroom,
  3. To remember to wear green for St. Patrick's Day on the 17th (you don't want to get pinched!), 
  4.  To have a Countdown to Spring Break posted on your bulletin board,
  5. To incorporate the NCAA tournament bracket into your instruction.  
 
 

My Corner of the World

How do you keep yourself organized? For Kristen Fristoe, agriculture teacher at Breathitt County High School, in Kentucky, a calendar and Post-Its seem to do the trick! 

 

Want Your Picture in New Teacher News???
Send a high-quality picture of your desk (or your colleague's desk) to Andrea Fristoe & look for your picture in an upcoming edition!

 

Ag Teacher Hack

Show your colleagues how much you appreciate them!

Appreciation Favors
Whether for National FFA Week, CTE Month, or just a general faculty and staff appreciation event, this is a great (and cost effective) way to share your gratitude for all those who work with you and your students to make your school's agriculture program the best place to be. 

Thank you Liz Harris, agriculture teacher at Normal Community High School, Illinois for such a great idea!

This idea was posted on the  Ag Education Discussion Lab Facebook page.

Share Your Ag Teacher Hack!
Have a great idea or tip that is your "go to" in the classroom? Share it with us! Contact Andrea Fristoe and look for your Ag Teacher Hack in an upcoming edition of New Teacher News!

 

Stay Inspired!

 

NAAE Membership Benefits

Communities of Practice

With well over 3,000 members, NAAE's Communities of Practice is a great place to make connections with other agricultural educators from all over the United States. Members post ideas, have discussions, and share tried-and-true techniques for creating a better ag program. 

 
 

Before You Go. . . 

Washington Leadership Conference (WLC)
FFA provides exceptional leadership training to students of all experience levels through utilization of a three-part, cohesive conference series called the Chapter Leadership Continuum. The final conference in this series is the Washington Leadership Conference (WLC).

Students, chapter advisors, and/or state staff must register for WLC using their FFA account

 

Mark Your Calendar!

 
 
 
 

Contact Us

Ellen Thompson
Project Director
ethompson.naae@uky.edu
605-350-3842

Andrea Fristoe
Program Manager
afristoe.naae@uky.edu
800-509-0204

 

Victoria Hamilton
Marketing Assistant
vhamilton.naae@uky.edu
800-509-0204

Aileen Ehn
Program Manager
aileen.ehn@naae.org

 

The National Teach Ag Campaign is a project of the National Council for Agricultural Education, led by the National Association of Agricultural Educators. For more information, visit the Teach Ag website. Funding for the National Teach Ag Campaign is provided by the CHS Foundation, Corteva Agriscience™ Agriculture Division of DowDuPont™, BASF, Herman & Bobbie Wilson, and Growth Energy, as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.

 

 

It's no secret that agriculture teachers provide their students with unique learning opportunities. From developing leadership skills, to providing the vegetables for the school cafeteria, agriculture teachers really do have the
 BEST. CAREER. EVER.

 

BEST. CAREER. EVER!!!

Meet Rachel Sauvola, agriculture teacher at New Richmond High School, in Wisconsin. For the last 20 years, Mrs. Sauvola has been a great resource for her students, an advocate for the agricultural education profession, and an inspiration for both future and current agriculture teachers across the nation. Here's a quick Q&A to help you get to know Mrs. Sauvola and find out why she has the BEST. CAREER. EVER! 

 
 
 

 "Becoming an agriculture teacher was a very simple decision for me, as it combines my passion for agriculture and educating others."
-Chad Lewis

Meet Chad!

Teach Ag Ambassador Spotlight

Each year the National Teach Ag Campaign selects an elite group of preservice agriculture teachers to represent the future of ag education.

This month, we are featuring Chad Lewis, a Senior at the University of Tennessee-Martin, majoring in agricultural education. Follow the link below to learn about his motivation to become an ag teacher, his advice for future ag ed majors, and learn why the University of Tennessee-Martin is a great option for pursuing a degree in ag education.

 

#TeachAg on Twitter

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Contact Us

Ellen Thompson
Project Director
ethompson.naae@uky.edu
605-350-3842

Andrea Fristoe
Program Manager
afristoe.naae@uky.edu
800-509-0204

 

Victoria Hamilton
Marketing Assistant
vhamilton.naae@uky.edu
800-509-0204

Aileen Ehn
Program Manager
aileen.ehn@naae.org

 

The National Teach Ag Campaign is a project of the National Council for Agricultural Education, led by the National Association of Agricultural Educators. For more information, visit the Teach Ag website. Funding for the National Teach Ag Campaign is provided by the CHS Foundation, Corteva Agriscience™ Agriculture Division of DowDuPont™, BASF, Herman & Bobbie Wilson, and Growth Energy, as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.

 
 
Andrea Fristoe

BEST. CAREER. EVER!

Posted by Andrea Fristoe Mar 11, 2019

This post is part of the March 2019 Teach Ag Times e-newsletter. 

 

Meet Rachel Sauvola, agriculture teacher at New Richmond High School, in Wisconsin. For the last 20 years, Mrs. Sauvola has been a great resource for her students, an advocate for the agricultural education profession, and an inspiration for both future and current agriculture teachers across the nation. Here's a quick Q&A to help you get to know Mrs. Sauvola and find out why she has the BEST. CAREER. EVER! 

 

Q:  Who inspired you to be an agriculture teacher?

A:  My dad first tricked me into attending my first FFA meeting when I was twelve. After I found an exceptional group of like-minded agriculture students who were up for adventure just like me, I was hooked! I was blessed with a junior high instructor, Ed Bielinski, who immediately got me involved, and then when my family moved to Stoughton, I was further inspired by Jerry Wendt. My dad also continues to inspire me as he farms in southern Wisconsin. 

 

Q:  What is your favorite part of your job?

A: I LOVE being the teacher in the school who gets to expose my students to new experiences every day - things they have never done, places they have never been to, or food items they have never tasted! We bond over these experiences and they remember them for life. Years later, they see me downtown and start our conversation with, "Remember when we..." and those are moments I will always treasure!

 

Q:  Describe a typical day for you as an agriculture teacher.

A:  I love that no two days are ever the same! I have no idea what I will truly encounter when I wake up! I have to get my own children off to school, and then I hit the ground running in my own classroom at 7:20am, as school begins at 7:35am. I do a preliminary check around my department to listen and observe the fish, livestock, companion animals, and greenhouse spaces, to ensure things are ready for the day. Sometimes my day goes awry right there if something or someone needs to be attended to right away. The students who take the class associated with our school farm check-in and get their task list. I then teach six different courses -- out of my 16 course repertoire -- before checking in with the afternoon farm students. If I'm lucky, I will have prep time at the end of the school day. I also attend numerous meetings after school, both within the district and in the community. I network with my volunteers to ensure that tasks they are helping with are in line and on track. I answer emails and return phone calls. Then it's back home to see my family and read with my kids before bedtime. In all honesty, my dear, dear husband handles many things at home. Sometimes you have a sick or injured animal, a greenhouse malfunction, a large fish tank issue, a student who needs you, or any other number of things that require time and patience to get through. It's no joke that we work long hours! 

 

Q:  What is the most unique experience you have had so far as an agriculture teacher?

A:  I have had two:

         1. Being able to design my own facility during the construction of              the new high school.

         2. Creating the SOAR Educational Center (SOAR stands for              Student Opportunities with Agricultural Resources). It's              our school district farm that is a huge community                               collaboration, where my students and I raise food for school               lunch. We presently have 14 head of beef cattle, 50                              chickens, 12 ducks, and a petting zoo goat. Our school's               nutrition department pays my agriscience department for the               things we produce, so that our farm is a real-working                            farm. 

 

Q:  Why should others consider a career as an agriculture teacher? 

A:  If you love fast-paced activity that leaves a lasting impact on others, teaching agriculture is for you! It's a necessary career to showcase our food, fiber, and natural resource systems, as consumers get back to knowing more about where the commodities come from in their daily lives. Being a force for success in a local community is a super cool thing when fabulous students engage in helping you to teach others about agriculture too. 

 

Interested in the BEST. CAREER. EVER? Check out the Teach Ag website for more information on how you can begin your journey today!

 

 

 

An ag teacher's classroom expands farther than the classroom walls. There are numerous opportunities for you to travel and network with fellow ag teachers because this truly is the
BEST. CAREER. EVER.

 

Ag Education -- A Global Experience

Meet Mr. Matt Eddy, agriculture teacher at Southeast Polk High School, in Iowa. Throughout his tenure as an agriculture teacher, Mr. Eddy has been able to travel the globe to learn about agriculture and network with his colleagues. His experiences have helped him grow as a professional and provide his students with unique opportunities and knowledge in the Southeast Polk ag program. 

 
 
 

"I have decided to become an agriculture teacher so that I can give other students the same opportunity that I was given."
-Brianna Lammers

Meet Brianna!

Teach Ag Ambassador Spotlight

Each year the National Teach Ag Campaign selects an elite group of preservice agriculture teachers to represent the future of ag education.

This month, we are featuring Brianna Lammers, a Senior at Purdue University, majoring in agricultural education.  Follow the link below to learn about her motivation to become an ag teacher, her advice for future ag ed majors, and learn why Purdue is a great option for pursuing a degree in ag education.

 

#TeachAg on Twitter

 
 
 

Mark Your Calendar!

 
 
 
 

Contact Us

Ellen Thompson
Project Director
ethompson.naae@uky.edu
605-350-3842

Andrea Fristoe
Program Manager
afristoe.naae@uky.edu
800-509-0204

 

Victoria Hamilton
Marketing Assistant
vhamilton.naae@uky.edu
800-509-0204

Aileen Ehn
Program Manager
aileen.ehn@naae.org

 

The National Teach Ag Campaign is a project of the National Council for Agricultural Education, led by the National Association of Agricultural Educators. For more information, visit the Teach Ag website. Funding for the National Teach Ag Campaign is provided by the CHS Foundation, Corteva Agriscience™ Agriculture Division of DowDuPont™, BASF, Herman & Bobbie Wilson, and Growth Energy, as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.

 

Totally Acceptable. . . . 

  1. To be ready for spring to finally arrive,
  2. To have some AMAZING plans to celebrate National FFA Week,
  3. To think about ways your program can give back to the community and share the love of agriculture,
  4. To celebrate Career and Technical Education Month by spreading the word of how valuable our programs are to your friends and colleagues,
  5. To continue to be the best ag teacher you can be and spread the word that you truly have the BEST. CAREER. EVER. 
 
 

My Corner of the World

How unique is your desk situation? For Victoria Herr, a student teacher this semester at Penns Manor Area High School in Clymer, Pennsylvania, her desk offers a new and trendy vibe, at a counter in the back of a classroom.

 

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Ag Teacher Hack

Measure Twice, Cut Once -- save time and money by teaching your students this valuable skill.

Carpentry Model Planning
My students are making nest boxes out of a single sheet of plywood. To help them from messing up their measurements and before they can go into the shop, they have to make a model out of cardstock. I made copies of grid paper on the cardstock and told them each square represents 3"x 3". They had to first make a 4'x8' sheet of plywood, and then draw out their pieces and cut them. They assemble them into the nest boxes using tape. This requires some math, but it is good practice for them to see how the pieces fit together before they make the real thing! (And hopefully minimizes mistakes)
-Angelica Rudow, agriculture teacher at Florence High School, Arizona

This idea was posted on the  Ag Education Discussion Lab Facebook page.

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Have a great idea or tip that is your "go to" in the classroom? Share it with us! Contact Andrea Fristoe and look for your Ag Teacher Hack in an upcoming edition of New Teacher News!

 

Stay Inspired!

 

NAAE Membership Benefits

Awards and Grants

NAAE takes pride in recognizing excellence in agricultural education as well as individuals and organizations that make outstanding contributions to the profession. Members have the opportunity to apply for state and national recognition or nominate other individuals or organizations for recognition through a variety of programs.

 

Before You Go. . . 

2019 NATAA Application DUE MONDAY, FEBRUARY 18TH!

The National Agriscience Teacher Ambassador Academy (NATAA) has over 15 years of successfully cultivating agriscience and inquiry-based learning in agricultural education. The Academy serves to train agriculture teachers on how to enhance the science that is already present in agriculture, as well as develop students as problem solvers and thinkers through the inquiry-based teaching method.

 
 
 
 
 

Contact Us

Ellen Thompson
Project Director
ethompson.naae@uky.edu
605-350-3842

Andrea Fristoe
Program Manager
afristoe.naae@uky.edu
800-509-0204

 

Victoria Hamilton
Marketing Assistant
vhamilton.naae@uky.edu
800-509-0204

Aileen Ehn
Program Manager
aileen.ehn@naae.org

 

The National Teach Ag Campaign is a project of the National Council for Agricultural Education, led by the National Association of Agricultural Educators. For more information, visit the Teach Ag website. Funding for the National Teach Ag Campaign is provided by the CHS Foundation, Corteva Agriscience™ Agriculture Division of DowDuPont™, BASF, Herman & Bobbie Wilson, and Growth Energy, as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.

This post is part of the February 2019 Teach Ag Times e-newsletter. 

 

Meet Mr. Matt Eddy, agriculture teacher at Southeast Polk High School, in Iowa. Throughout his tenure as an agriculture teacher, Mr. Eddy has been able to travel the globe to learn about agriculture and network with his colleagues. His experiences have helped him grow as a professional and provide his students with unique opportunities and knowledge in the Southeast Polk ag program. 

 

Q: How many states and countries have you visited because of opportunities through ag education?

A: I'm starting to hear that song in my head --- "I've been everywhere..."  --- Let me see, Missouri, Kansas, South Dakota, Minnesota, Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, Colorado, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, Georgia, North Carolina, Washington, Nevada, New York (City, but it counts), New Jersey, ... "Travel, I've had my share, Man."

 

Internationally, I have been fortunate to go to the Philippines, Malaysia, Hong Kong, South Africa, France, and will be adding China to the list in mid-March 2019 with our Southeast Polk FFA International Learning Opportunity. PIC - ILSSO crew at Table Mountain, Cape Town, SA.

 

Q: What has been your most interesting experience through your travels in ag education so far?

A: I really enjoy visiting other states while teaching CASE curriculum institutes --  and having some time to have local ag teachers show me around their area is by far my favorite experience. I love to learn about what agriculture is like from the experiences of those who live there. South Africa was by far the best international agriculture learning opportunity due to the nature of the experience with National FFA's ILSSO - which is a tremendous program for students. PIC - South African farm raising apples all on irrigation.

 

Q: What has been the most beneficial trip you have taken in ag education? Why?

A: The long drive to Nicholasville, Kentucky for the inaugural/pilot CASE Animal Science curriculum institute in 2009. It was the beginning of my teaching renaissance and has been a large part of the catalyst for everything after. Plus, we had some great times there -- those that know, know.

 

Q: Do you prefer traveling alone for your own professional development, or with students for their various learning opportunities? Why?

A: Both are good, but for different reasons. Traveling on my own is sometimes better for self-reflection and allows me to learn at my pace. Bringing students to someplace presents a different challenge because you are the 'person in charge' and have to make group decisions instead of what you want to do. The nice part is that you get to experience places through your students' eyes and their excitement can remind you of why you fell in love with this profession in the first place.

 

Q: If you had to offer a new or aspiring ag teacher advice on traveling for their career in ag education, what would it be?

A: There will come a time when you will get opportunities -- sometimes they begin with leadership roles in NAAE, or escorting kids to National FFA Convention --- and when those experiences turn you in to the next thing and that opportunity comes along... TAKE IT.  You and your students will be all the better because of them. By far, one of my favorite travel quotes:

 

"Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart. But that’s okay. The journey changes you; it should change you. It leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your heart, and on your body. You take something with you. Hopefully, you leave something good behind."

– Anthony Bourdain

 

Totally Acceptable. . . . 

  1. To still get excited when you see your school district listed under "Closings & Delays,"
  2. To keep a constant supply of hot chocolate, coffee, and/or chili (or another warm dish) ready to go to help stay warm,
  3. To check-in with your students to make sure they have heat, running water, food, suitable winter clothes, etc. this winter,
  4. To have your FFA Week plans in the works,
  5. To own the most obnoxious, yet extremely warm and comfortable winter coat to wear when you have bus duty.
 

My Corner of the World

How's your desk doing so far this semester? For Ashley Coutta, agriculture teacher at Riverdale High School, in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, it is always important to stay organized & hydrated!

Want Your Picture in NTN???
Are you interested in having a picture of your desk (or your colleague's desk) in New Teacher News? Send a high-quality picture to Andrea Fristoe & look for your picture in an upcoming edition!

 

Ag Teacher Hack

Share Your Ag Teacher Hack!
Have a great idea or tip that is your "go to" in the classroom? Share it with us! Contact Andrea Fristoe and look for your Ag Teacher Hack in an upcoming edition of New Teacher News!

 

How do you recognize and display your students' vast accomplishments? 

FFA Degree Ladder

"Once they reach their American Degree, they are forever painted on the wall with their name and the year they received it."
-Courtney Smith, agriculture teacher at St. Paul High School, Arkansas

This idea was posted on the  Ag Education Discussion Lab Facebook page.

 

Stay Inspired!

 

NAAE Membership Benefits

Professional Liability Insurance Coverage 

  • $100,000 in-dues professional liability insurance coverage.
  • Low rates for professional liability insurance upgrades — $35 for $1 million coverage; $50 for $2 million coverage. 
  • New members are entitled to a $60,000 term life insurance policy at no cost for two full years from their initial join date.
 

Before You Go. . . 

 
 

Welcome Nancy Trivette, CASE Project Director

We are happy to announce that Nancy Trivette has joined the team as the new Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE) Project Director.

 
 
 
 
 

Contact Us

Ellen Thompson
Project Director
ethompson.naae@uky.edu
605-350-3842

Andrea Fristoe
Program Manager
afristoe.naae@uky.edu
800-509-0204

 

Victoria Hamilton
Marketing Assistant
vhamilton.naae@uky.edu
800-509-0204

 

 

The National Teach Ag Campaign is a project of the National Council for Agricultural Education, led by the National Association of Agricultural Educators. For more information, visit the Teach Ag website. Funding for the National Teach Ag Campaign is provided by the CHS Foundation, Corteva Agriscience™ Agriculture Division of DowDuPont™, BASF, Herman & Bobbie Wilson, and Growth Energy, as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.

 
 

 

Totally Acceptable. . . . 

  1. To still be sorting through all of the great resources and knowledge you gained from the 91st National FFA Convention,
  2. To go ahead and start placing your Teach Ag Kit orders for holiday gifts,
  3. To walk in to school carrying a Pumpkin Spice Latte, but to already be dreaming of a Peppermint Mocha,
  4. To register for NAAE Convention and get excited about a fantastic week of professional development, networking, and business sessions -- all related to ag education,
  5. To check out the 2019 CASE Institute schedule that is already available.
 
 
 

My Corner of the World

Sometimes your journey to becoming an ag teacher takes you to someone else's classroom. For the 2018-19 National Teach Ag Ambassadors, they had the opportunity to teach an employability skills lesson to students at Beech Grove High School, in Indiana, as part of their training during the week of National FFA Convention. 

Want Your Picture in NTN???
Are you interested in having a picture of your desk (or your colleague's desk) in New Teacher News? Send a high-quality picture to Andrea Fristoe & look for your picture in an upcoming edition!

 
 
 
 
 

Ag Teacher Hack

Ag teachers can always find a way to re-purpose just about anything. This Carhartt shipping crate has been converted into a storage box with a hinge and handle for classroom supplies. 

-Robin McLean, Northern Burlington County Regional School District, New Jersey

From the Facebook Ag Education Discussion Lab page.

Share Your Ag Teacher Hack!
Have a great idea or tip that is your "go to" in the classroom? Share it with us! Contact Andrea Fristoe and look for your Ag Teacher Hack in an upcoming edition of New Teacher News!

 
 
 
 
 
 

NAAE Membership Benefits

 

News & Views

Our national e-newsletter keeps you updated on news and trends in agricultural education, resources, legislative advocacy, and NAAE activities and events. As a member, you are automatically subscribed. 

See previous issues of News & Views.

 
 
 

Before You Go. . . . 

Welding Education with Lincoln Electric
A special professional development workshop at NAAE Convention

This course is geared for instructors who want to take welding education to the next level. The program is a day seminar focused on instructional delivery methods for Safety, SMAW, GMAW, GTAW and FCAW welding processes. This event will be offsite, however, transportation and lunch are provided.

Register >>

 
 
 

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Contact Us

Ellen Thompson
Project Director
ethompson.naae@uky.edu
605-350-3842

Andrea Fristoe
Program Manager
afristoe.naae@uky.edu
800-509-0204

 

Victoria Hamilton
Marketing Assistant
vhamilton.naae@uky.edu
800-509-0204

 

 

The National Teach Ag Campaign is a project of the National Council for Agricultural Education, led by the National Association of Agricultural Educators. For more information, visit the Teach Ag website. Funding for the National Teach Ag Campaign is provided by the CHS Foundation, Corteva Agriscience™ Agriculture Division of DowDuPont™, BASF, Herman & Bobbie Wilson, and Growth Energy, as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.

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