Each year, NAAE recognizes six teachers who are at the pinnacle of their profession—those who are conducting the highest-quality agricultural education programs. This award recognizes leadership in civic, community, agriculture/agribusiness, and professional activities. Outstanding agricultural educators are innovators and catalysts for student success in agricultural education.
The selected teachers for 2018 are professionals both in and out of the classroom. They have built their programs to serve their communities’ needs, develop leaders, and provide students with learning experiences that teach career and life skills they can utilize to be successful later in life.
These outstanding teachers focus on teaching students, rather than curriculum. By providing their students with experiential learning opportunities, they are able to teach them about agriculture in a practical setting where students can apply their foundational knowledge to real-world situations. One teacher has created a “Made in Oklahoma” project that involves a store, food trailer, and catering business to serve her community, while another teacher has developed a canine grooming, training, and whelping program to teach her students about small animal science.
Beyond their diligent work in the classroom, these outstanding teachers are also leaders in their professional organizations at the local, state, and national levels. Many serve on NAAE committees, as well as hold offices in their state-level associations. They also seek opportunities to grow and develop their own skills through intensive professional development programs, such as the NAAE National Agriscience Teacher Ambassador Academy. One thing is for certain, their success is a direct result of their ambition to continue learning and their involvement in the agricultural education profession.
NAAE is proud to have the Outstanding Agricultural Education Teacher award program sponsored by Caterpillar, Inc. and Tractor Supply Company, as a special project of the National FFA Foundation. Thank you Caterpillar and Tractor Supply for making this opportunity possible for these distinguished agriculture teachers.
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