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 Mechanicsburg, PA, with my husband of 14 years, Jason, and our three daughters, Joleigh (13), Jordyn (11) and Jayce (8). We own and operate a small family dairy farm and our girls raise livestock for the county 4-H program. I am halfway through my 15th year teaching Agriculture at Big Spring High School in Newville, PA.
Welcome to a New Year! However, I know you have all noticed that 2021 did not ring in with the change we had hoped to see. We are still social distancing, wearing masks, and limiting our travel. As I watch pictures on social media of the rock stars in our profession, I continue to be amazed by all of the innovation and creativity I see. We will soon see "normal" days on the horizon--keep the faith!
We have just finished the winter virtual committee meetings. Thank you for your continued engagement in your professional association, NAAE. Congratulations to those elected to leadership positions for the coming year, we know you will move NAAE forward. As a grassroots organization, the involvement in the committee process is imperative to our growth and success. Each committee has 18 representatives, 3 from each region, to ensure the voices and needs and opinions of those in the trenches, those instructing our students every day, are not lost or overlooked. And, the Board of Directors has committed to further supporting the committee process throughout this year--stay tuned for changes and new opportunities!
Over the next year, it is my goal that the association continues to operate and provide its current programs, but also takes a step back to evaluate our progress and goals through revision of the strategic plan. By building on what we have already done, and looking to the future, we will be prepared for the next generation of agriculture education. Education is an ever-changing field, and in order to remain viable and relevant, NAAE must also be ever-changing to ensure the needs of our members are being met.
We are starting 2021 with a new executive staff structure and new partners within the Agriculture Education family. We will not settle for what has always been, but we will adapt to change and persevere through challenging times. We are here to help promote and support agriculture education and agriculture educators in any way that we can. Never hesitate to reach out with questions, concerns, or ideas. Together, we will ensure the future of our profession is bright and prepared for the next generation of educators.