I hope that this message finds you doing well. Most of us are back in the swing of a new school year, and if that weren't enough cause for celebration, our members have a lot of good news! First, make sure you check out the list of NAAE Award Winners! It is humbling to see our colleagues recognized for the great work that they are doing. This group of winners is truly outstanding, and I'm glad that they will get their time in the spotlight in Anaheim.
We all know that teaching can be an emotionally challenging profession, but creating a culture of celebration can shift our mindset to the positive. I love the opportunity to recognize students for outstanding achievements, and they appreciate being recognized, too. Just yesterday, I had the chance to see a student turn out a great project in the mechanics lab. I made sure to point it out.
We need to point out what our colleagues are doing well, too! Of course, we have the NAAE Awards program, but we also have great cohorts of professional development and coming up soon, the National Teach Ag Day Celebration. Thursday, September 19th is a great day to celebrate the profession. Personally, I love to learn, and I like to take a little time to share my passion for learning with my students on Teach Ag Day. Tune in to the live celebration from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. EDT!
We would like to welcome Sabrina Shaver and Olivia Thomas to the staff as Communications and Marketing Specialists. Ashley Hood will also be returning to us on September 3rd as the Membership Coordinator. Our staff has been busy training and preparing for many events this fall, including the NAAE Conference in Anaheim.
Best wishes as you start the school year! Take some time to celebrate!