Christi Chadwell

President-Elect Candidate: Michael Harrington

Blog Post created by Christi Chadwell on Nov 14, 2013

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

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