Welcome to a New Year! I want to thank you for your continued engagement in NAAE and wish for many blessings to come your way personally and professionally.
For those of you that I haven't been able to meet, yet, I wanted to take a moment to introduce myself. I live in Towanda, Illinois with my wife, Angie (who is an amazing ag teacher) and our daughter, Ella. We love spending time with our Golden Retriever, Luigi and our small, but growing herd of show cattle. In fact, we are awaiting the birth of a calf as I write this message. I am finishing 17 years of teaching at Pontiac Township High School.
NAAE has been a significant blessing in my life, and I hope that you can say the same. It is my goal that the association continues to provide and expand its high quality member services, professional development programs, and advocacy efforts. We need your participation to make that happen!
Soon, we will be starting virtual committee meetings, which are a great place to be involved. We will also be opening up our award applications and registration for professional development programs. Especially on the award programs, be watching for your State's particular due dates. Many states request completed applications by March or early April. CASE institute registrations have been open since December 1st!
We also have some exciting new plans for the new year. Stay tuned!
Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have questions or need help with anything!