Sabrina Shaver

2019 National Agriscience Ambassadors

Blog Post created by Sabrina Shaver on Jul 26, 2019


Agricultural educators from around the country gathered in Tulsa, Oklahoma from July 15-19, 2019 to develop and expand their expertise on inquiry-based teaching. Those 27 educators are now life-long advocates for the National Agriscience Teacher Ambassador Academy.

The NATAA, sponsored by Corteva AgriScience, offers a competitive application process that selects some of the best agricultural educators in the United States. The rigorous course aims to inform teachers of the benefits of inquiry-based learning as well how to incorporate it into their classrooms, no matter the course. The hands-on approach of the academy helps to ease the teachers into the strategies that they later take back to other educators in workshops at the National FFA Convention and at the NAAE annual convention.

The rising demand for students with backgrounds in STEM education offers the opportunity for agriculture teachers to enhance the science aspect of agriculture courses. Utilizing this, the NATAA helps to provide teachers with the resources they need to enhance their students learning and possibilities.

Of these 27 educators, nine were returning ambassadors, acting as facilitators to train these new ambassadors and to design and develop activities that showcase the skills that the ambassadors were learning about. The 2019 NATAA was led by three agriscience ambassadors who work not only to promote agriscience in their own programs, but successfully across the country. The Lead Facilitators, Wes Crawford, JoAnn Pfeiffer and Rachel Knight, worked throughout the week to inspire, prepare and push these teachers to their greatest limits as they explored agriscience.


The 17th annual NATAA welcomed these teachers into a 407 strong list of ambassadors for agriscience and inquiry-based learning in classrooms. The participants are as follows:

Ashley Rogers, Nicholas County High School, Kentucky

Ashley Wehner, Switzerland County High School, Indiana

Becky Grabarski, Adams-Friendship, Wisconsin

Breanna Bregel, Kindred High School, North Dakota

Chad Warnick, Delta Technical Center, Utah

Daniella Hodges, Appomattox Middle School, Virginia

Jeff Holmes, Judith Gap Schools, Montana

Kelsey de Jong, Orosi High School, California

Lance Williamson, Ohatchee High School, Alabama

Mitch Coleman, Dayton High School, Oregon

Patricia Braddock, Simpson County Technical Center, Mississippi

Rachel Martinez, Salinas High School, California

Randi Krieg, Goldendale Middle and High Schools, Washington

RayeAnn Stamper, Pioneer Jr/Sr High School, Indiana

Sarah Molzhan, Thunder Ridge High School, Kansas

Stefanie Goblet, Millbrook High School, North Carolina

Stephanie Miller, Heartland Community Schools, Nebraska

Vay Jensen, Wind River High School, Wyoming


The facilitators for this years’ NATAA include:

            David Black, Murray State University, Kentucky

            JoAnn Pfeiffer, Federal Hocking Secondary School, Ohio

            Kristin Witte, Shickley Public Schools, Nebraska

            Mark Anderson, Elizabethtown Area High School, Pennsylvania

            Nikki Doll, Center-Stanton High School, North Dakota

            Rachel Knight, Centennial High School, New Mexico

            Rachel Sauvola, New Richmond High School, Wisconsin

            Troy Talford, Sauk Prairie School District, Wisconsin

            Wes Crawford, Sutherlin High School, Oregon