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The beginning of anyone's career can sometimes seem like a daunting and impossible to avoid venture. For budding agriculture teachers it is no different. For these beginning teachers in their second to fourth year of teaching, the NAAE offers a scholarship award to continue to provide support for these early career professionals. 


The agriculture teachers that are recipients of this award strive to attain the most educational classrooms for their students, the best resources for themselves and strong community ties. The promising career beginnings of these individuals show the great possibilities for their futures. Once again, congratulations to the 2018 Teachers Turn the Key scholarship winners! 


Want to know more about the 2018 Outstanding Cooperation award winners? Follow this link to check out their press releases from the 2018 NAAE Convention in San Antonio, Texas. 


Hello, NAAE!


I hope this message finds you well.  October brings about many things...changing colors, the harvest, Pumpkin Spice everything, and National FFA Convention.  National FFA Convention is always an exciting time.  We are fortunate to be close to Indianapolis.  We run a trip for students that want to attend the entire convention, and we also run a day trip for students that want to see it all, but can't go for the duration.  


Regardless of how long you can attend convention, stop by and visit the NAAE Booth in spot  number 615.  The Teach Ag Campaign can be found in booth 1471.  You'll be able to learn about NAAE programs and initiatives, ask membership questions, and receive cool NAAE swag.


How do you get the most our of your National FFA Convention experience?  I am thankful for all the opportunities provided to students.  First, have a plan for what you absolutely want to see and do.  Next, make sure you build in enough time to take care of yourself and your students.  Personally, I feel much better when I plan out meal stops, eat regularly, pack some snacks, and get plenty of sleep.  We all have different roles at convention.  Some of us are competing in multiple events.  Others of us will be taking in the leadership experiences.  This diversity makes the convention a uniquely engaging experience for each of our students.  


Finally, don't forget to lean on the experience of other teachers that are attending the convention.  Some of the coolest events and activities are found by word of mouth.  


See you at convention!

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