Season Greetings to All,
It was so great to see so many of you at the recent NAAE Convention in New Orleans. I felt that the progress that was made with committee work, the professional development workshops offered, and with all of the award recognition we did at business sessions, that this was a very successful and enjoyable convention. Hopefully you were able to get out and see some of New Orleans and taste some of their fine cuisine. If you were a first time attendee or a veteran of many, I think there was something for everyone and you should have come home to your students invigorated and ready to finish this semester.
As we move forward to 2016, I see plenty to be optimistic about in our organization and in agricultural education. I hope to continue what Kevin and Charlie have started in getting our new committee structure up to where we all feel it needs to be. With this would come even more grassroots involvement and a greater sense of responsibility for our members!
I also believe that as an organization we need to work with our state associations and businesses to help us in creating summer internships for agricultural education students, to get them involved early in SAE visits, FFA activities, curriculum development, and working with students. I feel if we are able to do this, they will have a better idea of the life of an agriculture teacher and realize that it is not all about the classroom or FFA.
From my family to yours, may you have a very merry Christmas and a blessed New Year.
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