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Meet the Candidates for 2013-2014

NAAE President Elect


President-Elect Candidate: Charlie Sappington

My wife and I live on the family farm where I was born and raised.  My wife of 26 years, who is always there to support me, also teaches at Cumberland High School, teaching students who learn differently.  Our oldest son Coleman, and his wife Shelby, live in Carlyle, IL, and he is a second year agricultural educator at Odin High School in Southern Illinois.  Our younger son, Jacob, is a junior at Eastern Illinois University, majoring in business and economics.  We raise corn, soybeans, alfalfa, sheep, llamas, and dairy goats on our Cumberland County farm.

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President-Elect Candidate: Michael Harrington

Hello everyone, I have been teaching ag science classes for 21 years at Brunswick High School in Brunswick, Maryland. Currently, I teach horticulture, agriscience, pre-vet science, and agriculture mechanics classes. My wife, Allison, and I live in Frederick, Maryland; and we have five grown children. My passion for agricultural education began in high school when I joined the Gaithersburg High School FFA Chapter. As I look back and think about my decision to become an agricultural educator, I realize how fortunate I am to be a NAAE member. Membership in NAAE has widened my perspective and has enriched my teaching practices.

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How Is The President-Elect Chosen?

Elections for the 2013-14 President elect will be held during the business session at the NAAE Convention. Only official delegates can vote; delegates are determined by state membership numbers.


 

What Else You Need to Know Before

You Go


Improved Professional Development

The professional development sessions at the 2013 NAAE Convention are going to be organized a little differently than in years past. We have categorized workshops into one of three types:

Deep Dive sessions are 2-hour workshops that will allow you time to dive into a topic and leave with a deeper understanding.

 

Idea Labs are all about new ideas to take back to your classroom. These seventy-five minute sessions will equip you with tools you can use when you walk out the door.

 

Snap Learning Spots are 30 minute micro-sessions designed to get you in, tell you what you need to know, and get you out the door.

 

Download a complete list of professional development workshops with descriptions, locations and times.


Create Your Own Customized Schedule

Create your own schedule, including which professional development you plan to attend, and print a copy for your administrators using our electronic scheduler. You can also download an electronic version of your customized schedule to your mobile device to recieve reminders. Don't miss a single workshop or meeting! Click here to create a customized schedule.

You can also visit our convention schedule page to get a rundown of what's happening when.


 

Looking for more? Get the latest on events, award winner recognition and more at naae.org.


 

SEE YOU IN VEGAS!


 

 

 

charlie.jpgMy wife and I live on the family farm where I was born and raised.  My wife of 26 years, who is always there to support me, also teaches at Cumberland High School, teaching students who learn differently.  Our oldest son Coleman, and his wife Shelby, live in Carlyle, IL, and he is a second year agricultural educator at Odin High School in Southern Illinois.  Our younger son, Jacob, is a junior at Eastern Illinois University, majoring in business and economics.  We raise corn, soybeans, alfalfa, sheep, llamas, and dairy goats on our Cumberland County farm.

My educational journey started with receiving my bachelor's of science degree from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, and then achieving my master's of science in 1988, also from SIU-C. I taught high school agricultural sciences and mechanics at Clay City High School for four years, and then relocated back to my home school, Cumberland High School, where I am in my 31st year of teaching.  I served as Section 20 chairman 12 years, district director, and was the Illinois Association of Vocational Agriculture Teachers President in 2007-2008.  I was honored to serve as the Region IV Vice President of NAAE 2009-2012. 


Agricultural Education and the FFA
We have so many opportunities to guide and educate our students and help them find their career path in life.  I believe that diversity of instruction is the key to maintaining a high quality program that will draw students in and keep them coming back.  The concept of inquiry based learning integrated in all courses, whether it is an agriculture science class or an agriculture mechanics shop class, is essential.  Incorporating STEM into our lessons helps us maintain the high level of academic standards that all education classes should strive to have in their course offerings. Using the Three Circle Model, we can assist our students in succeeding in life with the integration of SAE's, classroom instruction, and FFA activities.  I believe that FFA CDE's provide an excellent opportunity for students to find success and find an agricultural career area that they will thrive in for years.  If we can open the door for our students and show them how to succeed, they will become productive assets in our community.  Success breeds success.


Teacher Recruitment, Retention and Membership in the NAAE

The recruitment and retention of teachers is being addressed by the Teach Ag Campaign to find quality candidates who are in it for the long haul.  We as agricultural educators need to always be inviting students into our programs that we believe could contribute to the future of agricultural education.  However, we are still losing teachers due to burn out and to industries that lure high quality teachers away from teaching.  The NAAE board needs to continue to work with state leaders in retention of young members in several ways.  NAAE could provide mentoring of young members and assisting them in finding success in teaching as well as with their professional growth.  Connected to this interaction, we as NAAE members need to address the fact that many first year teachers do not see the advantages and benefits of being a member of our great organization.The NAAE board needs to work with state leaders in developing a program where first year teachers are shown the benefits of being a member of the NAAE. This program can demonstrate to them the growth they can achieve in their teaching experience and provide them protection with liability coverage.


Advocacy
For me, advocacy starts at the local level where we can share our mission with our local administration, our students' parents, and the general public that need to see what we do, not only with the FFA. but what we are doing in our classrooms to educate our youth about the career opportunities in agriculture. However, it cannot stop there. Communicating with our state and federal elected officials is crucial and relaying our story on a regular basis will give our students and programs an identity that will be remembered as our officials make decisions that will affect our profession, our teachers, and our students.  This all sounds simple, but a few voices will not influence them as much as hundreds of communications from NAAE members would if we contacted our legislators each month.  My goal is to make it easier for members to contact their elected officials and help them tell their story of how Perkins funding has benefited their programs and students, and why the Perkins Act should continue to be funded.

I believe that it is each member's duty to serve as a leader-- not only to their students, but also to their peers in the ag education profession.  I would be honored to serve all NAAE members as the 2013 - 2014 NAAE President Elect.


Thank You,

Charlie Sappington

csappington@cumberland.k12.il.us

Cumberland High School                                                    Cell (217) 259-9390

1496 IL Rte. 121                                                                   Work (217) 923-3133

Toledo, IL  62468                                                                 Home (217) 849-3440

harrington-mtc.pngHello everyone, I have been teaching ag science classes for 21 years at Brunswick High School in Brunswick, Maryland. Currently, I teach horticulture, agriscience, pre-vet science, and agriculture mechanics classes. My wife, Allison, and I live in Frederick, Maryland; and we have five grown children. My passion for agricultural education began in high school when I joined the Gaithersburg High School FFA Chapter. As I look back and think about my decision to become an agricultural educator, I realize how fortunate I am to be a NAAE member. Membership in NAAE has widened my perspective and has enriched my teaching practices.

 

Recruitment and Retention: I believe being an agricultural educator is the best career anyone could have. I also believe it is a legitimate question for agricultural educators to wonder about the fate of their program when they retire. The future success of agricultural education hinges on recruiting the next generation of agricultural educators to fill our ranks. It is important as agricultural educators to encourage our best and brightest students to view agricultural education as a viable career choice.  On a personal note, I am very happy to say I have a former student who just entered her second year as an agricultural educator.

 

Advocacy: I encourage NAAE members to take an active role in building relationships with parents, school officials and policy makers in their community, in order to gain support for agricultural education programs. I support working with The Council for Agricultural Education and the National FFA Alumni Association in building a consistent advocacy message for agricultural education. The support for agricultural education will only grow if we work together.

 

Educational Philosophy: Over the course of my twenty plus years of teaching agricultural science courses, I have held firm to the belief that every student entering my classroom has the capacity to grow and mature emotionally and intellectually. I believe it is the teacher's responsibility to create an educational environment that allows and encourages students to reach their full potential. I believe we must continue to seek out and identify learning strategies that lead to student success. We need to communicate to school officials how agricultural education meets the STEM standards. Agricultural education gives students a foundation on which they can reliably build for the rest of their lives.

 

In closing, it has been an honor and a privilege to serve on the NAAE board of directors.  The opportunity to serve the members of NAAE has been unbelievable. If given the chance to continue my service as NAAE President-Elect, and then President, I promise every NAAE member that I will serve with integrity, passion and enthusiasm. I promise to work hard every day promoting NAAE and agricultural education.  Thank you for considering me for this very important position. Please contact me if I can be of any help to you or your program.

 

Thank you,

Michael Harrington

michael.harrington@fcps.org

Cell: (240) 315-7285, Home :(301) 662-4598, School: (240) 236-8600 ext. 686