Greenwood School District
Region VI Vice President
Dear NAAE Members:
I humbly ask you to consider me, Krista Pontius, for president-elect. I believe I have the drive, experience and vision necessary to successfully serve our organization.
I grew up on a beef and hog farm in Central Pennsylvania. At an early age, my parents instilled in me a passion for agriculture and an understanding that there
is no substitute for hard work. It was during elementary school that I realized I wanted to be a teacher so I could inspire others the way that I was encouraged. However the first day of high school, my life was changed forever. From the moment I walked into my agriscience classroom, I knew I found a home where I could couple my passion for agriculture and my desire to teach. Following graduation, I received a bachelor’s and ultimately master’s degree in agricultural education from Penn State University.
In 1998, I married my husband, Jason, and we began our farming operation. In 2014, we were able to purchase Cocolamus Farm which had been in his family for nearly 200 years. We milk registered Holstein cows and farm 500 acres of corn, soybeans, wheat and hay. Further, I am a lifelong member of St. John’s Lutheran Church where I was elected to the church council and teach Sunday school. I am also an officer in our local Grange.
Over my 20 years in the classroom at Greenwood High School, I have had the privilege to serve our professional organization in numerous capacities such as President of the Pennsylvania Association of Agricultural Educators and the NAAE Policy & Bylaws Committee Chair. Additionally, I was selected to sit on the PA Governor’s Council to Environmental Education, which allowed me to work with high level decision makers from across a variety of
educational disciplines. Throughout my career, I have supervised ten student teachers and taught agribusiness as an adjunct professor at Harrisburg Area Community College. I also developed an alumni jacket campaign, which has given 3,260 first year FFA members corduroy jackets.
My vision for NAAE is to enhance the recruitment and retention of agricultural educators in order to not only address the critical shortage of teachers but also to support teaching veterans in our ever changing profession. Further, I would work to ensure that all members are equipped with advocacy tools to ensure support for their programs in their local communities and beyond.
I am grateful for the opportunity to serve as the Region VI Vice-President for the past three years. I have enjoyed visiting our states, meeting colleagues, and working with you to move our profession forward in a positive direction. Again, I ask for your consideration as President-Elect so I can continue to serve NAAE with drive, experience and vision. Please contact me with any questions or concerns (firstname.lastname@example.org or 717.385.6015).