It is those that go above and beyond the call of duty that impact our lives the most. Those can be doctors, nurses, your best friend your teacher. The agricultural education profession provides numerous opportunities for teacher educators to further their professional development and keep up with the times. The NAAE Outstanding Service Citation Award is given to those who serve their profession in professional activities, school activities, and community service.
All Outstanding Service Citation photos from 2012 NAAE Convention (For news releases, click individual entries below)
|Region I||Jim Barbee, NV|
|Region II||Tim Vanover, OK|
|Region III||Brenda Scheil, WI|
|Region IV||Jay Runner, MO|
|Region V||Roger Teeple, NC|
|Region VI||Tracy Hoover, PA|
Barbee began his career as an agriculture teacher at Fall River High School in McArthur, Calif. After serving five years in the classroom, he became the Nevada Department of Education Agricultural Education Director and State FFA Advisor. During his time as the Nevada State FFA Advisor, program funding increased from two million dollars to eight million dollars, FFA membership more than doubled, and Nevada became one of six programs in the nation affiliated with the National FFA Organization. With Barbee’s guidance, standards for eight agricultural education pathways were implemented, linked to academic standards, and approved for high school science credit.
As the State Director of the Nevada Department of Agriculture, Barbee has helped strengthen the relationship between the Department of Education and the Department of Agriculture. Agricultural education is now part of a team to help develop environmental education programs in the state, connecting agricultural industry professionals with teachers. Barbee has also sought out grants for FFA Chapters in Nevada by working with the Nevada Department of Agriculture’s Specialty Crop Program, which receives grant-funding through the USDA to enhance the competitiveness of Nevada’s specialty crops.
“Jim also made sure that secondary education was represented at the table when the Governor’s Office of Economic Development formed a committee on the economic impact of agriculture in Nevada—keeping ag programs and the FFA on the legislative radar,” said Sue Poland, Education Programs Professional for the Nevada Department of Education.
Vanover has been the agriculture teacher at Waukomis High School for 38 years. Through his many years of service, he has been a great resource for the agricultural education community. With his guidance, seven of his former students have become agriculture teachers. Additionally, Vanover shares many of his teaching experiences with young teachers in the state through in-service trainings and first-year teacher meetings. His knowledge of teaching has helped many teachers in the area become stronger, wiser professionals.
“Tim’s classroom has been a student teacher training center for 25 of Oklahoma State University’s Ag Ed graduates and one from Northwestern Oklahoma State University,” said Mike Robison, Oklahoma State Agricultural Education staff member. “The majority of these instructors are still teaching today and had a great learning experience during student teaching training.”
During his time as an agriculture teacher, Vanover has had over 60 students receive their State FFA Degree and four students receive their American FFA Degree. His program has also received numerous awards at the district, state, and national levels. These awards include the National Gold Emblem Chapter, National Silver Emblem Chapter, and National Bronze Emblem Chapter.
Vanover believes community service is the most important aspect of his FFA program. He encourages his students to volunteer and spends many hours working with various organizations; including the Enid Daily Bread Soup Kitchen, the Wheatheart Senior Citizen Center, and the Waukomis Baptist Church Food Drive.
Professionally, Vanover has worked countless hours to improve agricultural education in the state of Oklahoma. He co-authored the Oklahoma Subject Area Natural Resources Test and an article for New Horizon magazine. He was also featured on the Oklahoma Educational Television Authority program, Oklahoma Horizon. Vanover is an active member of the Oklahoma Agricultural Education Teachers Association, the National Association of Agricultural Educators, the Oklahoma Association for Career and Technology Education, and the Association of Career and Technical Education. He currently serves as the Horticulture superintendent at the Garfield County Fair as well as the Southwest Fair Board Secretary/Treasurer.
Scheil has been the agriculture teacher at New Auburn High School for 28 years. Scheil’s program offers a variety of courses from equine science to agricultural economics. Her courses focus on the application of classroom concepts to the agricultural industry. She values leadership and enlists students enrolled in the Agricultural Leadership Skills course in the Project PALS program, where high school students serve as mentors for elementary school students.
Professionally, Scheil has been highly involved in agricultural education since the beginning of her career. She has attended the annual Wisconsin Association of Agricultural Educators Summer Conference since 1985 and served in several officer positions in the WAAE. In 2006, she served on the Wisconsin State Superintendent’s Agriculture and Science Task Force. This task force was instrumental in developing the foundation for counting high school agriculture courses for science credit as well as creating the crosswalk for agriculture and science educational standards. She also authored an agriculture careers brochure, which was distributed throughout the state of Wisconsin for use by agriculture teachers. In 2010, Scheil served on the National Agriculture Leadership Certificate Task Force in Indianapolis, to develop the framework for agricultural education programs nationally.
Scheil is a lifetime member of both the Wisconsin FFA Alumni Association and the National FFA Alumni Association. She is also an active member of the NAAE, WAAE, Wisconsin Education Association, Northwestern Education Association, University of Wisconsin-River Falls Alumni, and the Wisconsin Historical Steam Engine Association.
Runner served the Illinois Association of Vocational Agriculture Teachers as a field advisor and then as the state coordinator of the Facilitating Coordination in Agricultural Education program, a state project addressing the improvement of agricultural education. FCAE provides staff to assist with professional development of agricultural educators and their curriculum, at all levels of agricultural education, pre-kindergarten through adult. As state coordinator, Runner is responsible for identifying, planning, developing and conducting in-service activities to improve agricultural education.
“As I reflect back on my 22 years with the FCAE Project, it has proven to be rewarding far beyond my expectations. I remember my early teaching years when the idea was being discussed of developing a team of professional field staff now known as FCAE. What many underestimated as a foolish dream was nearly a reality thanks to agriculture leadership in Illinois...Yes, we are making dynamic changes to the way students are educated. But accomplishing all of this was not without challenges and obstacles,” said Runner.
Teeple recently retired as an agriculture teacher at Charles D. Owen High School. His motto is, “It is about the students.” In his time at Charles D. Owen, he has had numerous State and American FFA Degree recipients. The agriculture program has had 17 consecutive years of 100 percent FFA membership. This year there was a 10 percent increase in agriculture enrollment.
“Teeple is not one to seek the honor himself. He strongly believes in honoring students before himself,” said Tim Pasour, Teeple’s nominator.
Over the course of his career, Teeple has done many things to help support the professional development of agriculture teachers in his state and nationally. He has given countless professional development workshops on a variety of topics, and isn’t shy about demonstrating his enthusiastic teaching techniques.
Teeple is one of only two teachers to have served as the North Carolina Agriculture Teachers Association President twice. He has also served as the NAAE Region V Vice President and the NAAE President, leading agriculture teachers nationwide and helping set the vision for agricultural education in the United States.
Hoover has been teaching agriculture for 27 years. She began as an agriscience teacher at Big Spring High School in Cumberland County, Pa. Since then, Hoover has been an assistant and associate professor at both the University of Florida and Pennsylvania State University. In these positions, she taught students working toward their agricultural education degrees, and students getting their master’s degrees.
In July of 2004, Hoover became the department head of Agricultural and Extension Education at Pennsylvania State University, until 2011, when she accepted the Interim Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education position in the College of Agricultural Sciences. In all her positions, Hoover has devoted time and service to facilitate professional development for agriculture teachers, both pre-service and current. This professional development helps them to refine their teaching skills and keeps them abreast of the best teaching practices. Throughout the years, Hoover has advised many undergraduates and graduate students and has overseen their student teaching experiences. She has also stayed involved in the community by serving on the advisory committee for State College High School’s agricultural education program.