Awards

NAAE: 2014 Award Winners

National Agriscience Teacher of the Year

The National Agriscience Teacher of the Year award recognizes teachers who have inspired and enlightened their students through engaging and interactive lessons in the science of agriculture. Teachers who have previously been selected as national finalists or awarded the National Agriscience Teacher of the Year award are ineligible to apply.

This program is sponsored by PotashCorp as a special project of the National FFA Foundation

Region I Shelia Schenk Shelia Schenk, MT Press Release
Region II Linda Chase Linda Chase, KS Press Release
Region III Rachel Sauvola Rachel Sauvola, WI Press Release
Region IV JoAnn Pfeiffer JoAnn Pfeiffer, OH Press Release
Region V David Overcash David Overcash, NC Press Release
Region VI Sherry Heishman Sherry Heishman, VA Press Release

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Outstanding Young Member

John Deere As a means of encouraging young teachers to remain in the profession and to recognize participation in professional activities, the NAAE Outstanding Young Member Award program is sponsored by John Deere as a special project of the National FFA Foundation. NAAE members who have completed at least three but not more than five years of teaching are eligible to apply for this award; members who are currently in their sixth year of teaching are eligible to apply.

This program is sponsored by John Deere as a special project of the National FFA Foundation

Region I Kristy Rothe Kristy Rothe, MT Press Release
Region II Danielle Newsom Danielle Newsom, LA Press Release
Region III Jeanna James Jeanna James, WI Press Release
Region IV Gina Neff Gina Neff, OH Press Release
Region V Leann Turner Leann Turner, TN Press Release
Region VI Sarah LaRose Sarah LaRose, CT Press Release

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Outstanding Agricultural Education Teacher Award

This program recognizes NAAE members who are at the pinnacle of their profession—those who are conducting the highest quality agricultural education programs. The 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 Outstanding Agricultural Education Teacher Award is sponsored by Caterpillar, Inc. and Tractor Supply Company as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.

Region I Eric Tilleman Eric Tilleman, MT Press Release
Region II Lori Burns Lori Burns, OK Press Release
Region III Larry Plapp Larry Plapp, WI Press Release
Region IV Melanie Block Melanie Block, MI Press Release
Region V Jason Steward Jason Steward, FL Press Release
Region VI Aaron Geiman Aaron Geiman, MD Press Release

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Outstanding Middle/Secondary Ag Ed Program

A goal of NAAE is to promote outstanding programs in agricultural education and effectively communicate success stories. The Outstanding Middle/Secondary School Ag Ed Program Award promulgates that goal. Agricultural education programs in middle schools and secondary schools are eligible to participate in this recognition program.

The Outstanding Middle/Secondary Agricultural Education program award is sponsored by AGCO and Monsanto as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.

Region I Atwater Atwater High School, CA Press Release
Region II Elk City Elk City High School, OK Press Release
Region III West Central West Central High School, SD Press Release
Region IV Valmeyer Valmeyer High School/District #3, IL Press Release
Region V Madison County Madison County High School, GA Press Release
Region VI Appomattox Appomattox County High School, VA Press Release

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Outstanding Postsecondary/Adult Ag. Ed Program

MonsantoThe Outstanding Postsecondary/Adult Ag Ed Program award recognizes exemplary 2-year postsecondary institutions and full time young farmer and adult agricultural education programs. Qualifying young farmer and/or adult ag ed program staff must devote at least 50 percent of their teaching time to this level of instruction.

The Outstanding Postsecondary/Adult Ag. Ed Program award is sponsored by Monsanto as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.

Region II Gordon Cooper Agribusiness Management Program, Gordon Cooper Technology Center, OK Press Release
Region III Minnesota West Martin County Farm Business Management Program, Minnesota West Community & Technical College, MN Press Release
Region IV Santa Fe Santa Fe Agri-leaders, MO Press Release
Region V Barnwell Co Colleton Bamberg Young Farmers Chapter, Barnwell County Career Center, SC Press Release
Region VI Morrisville Agricultural Engineering Program, Morrisville State College, NY Press Release

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Teacher Mentor

CEV If you ask agriculture teachers what motivated them to enter and stay in the teaching profession, predominately they will attribute their decision to another agriculture teacher who encouraged them. Many state agricultural education associations have recognized the importance of positive relationships between beginning and experienced teachers by creating formal organizational structures to connect beginning and experienced teachers. This award program will provide additional incentives for experienced teachers to become mentors for beginning teachers, and it will provide beginning teachers a way to say thank you to the experienced teachers who have influenced them

This program is sponsored by CEV Multimedia

Region I Matthew Mounts Matthew Mounts, WA Press Release
Region II Bill Thompson Bill Thompson, LA Press Release
Region III Crystal Retzlaff Crystal Retzlaff, WI Press Release
Region IV Jack Green Jack Green, MO Press Release
Region V Tommy Beavers Tommy Beavers, TN Press Release
Region VI Jon Clayson Jon Clayson, NY Press Release

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Ideas Unlimited

The Ideas Unlimited contest is designed to give members an opportunity to exchange classroom, SAE, leadership, and other teaching ideas. The idea may be original or borrowed. Each application should specify how the idea was used by the applicant and how the idea could help others in their teaching.

This program is sponsored by National Geographic Learning | Cengage Learning

Region I Kristy Rothe Kristy Rothe, MT Press Release
Region II Cody Weber Cody Weber, CO Press Release
Region III Josh Christiansen Josh Christiansen, SD Press Release
Region IV Kari Roberts Kari Roberts, IN Press Release
Region V Robert Bollier Robert Bollier, SC Press Release
Region VI Derek Ritenour Derek Ritenour, VA Press Release

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Outstanding Cooperation

ftj NAAE recognizes organizations, agribusiness companies, and others who have given outstanding support to agricultural education with the Outstanding Cooperation Award.

The plaques for this program are sponsored by Forrest T. Jones & Company

Region I David Kelsey David Kelsey, Montana State University
Ag Ed Dept. Advisory Council, MT
Press Release
Region II BlueandGold

Blue and Gold Sausage Inc.,
Don Ramsey, OK

Press Release
Region III Mark Zidon University of Wisconsin Platteville
Agricultural Education,
Mark Zidon, Rick Bockhop, WI
Press Release
Region IV Bill Johnson Bill Johnson, Illinois Leadership
Council for Ag Ed, IL
Press Release
Region V Institute of Technical Arts Institute of Technical Arts, FL Press Release
Region VI Richard Ball Richard Ball, New York State
Department of Agriculture
and Markets, NY
Press Release

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Outstanding Service Citation

Monsanto NAAE will recognize current and retired NAAE members who have made significant contributions to agricultural education at the state, regional, and national levels with the Outstanding Service Citation.

This program is sponsored by Monsanto as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.

Region I Sue Poland Sue Poland, NV Press Release
Region II Mike Robison Mike Robison, OK Press Release
Region III James Molenaar James Molenaar, MN Press Release  
Region IV Tony BrannonTony Brannon, KY Press Release  
Region V Edward Osborne Edward Osborne, FL Press Release
Region VI Sally Shomo Sally Shomo, VA Press Release

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Teachers Turn the Key

Ram Agricultural education is continually faced with a shortage of qualified teachers. Unless those who have been trained enter and remain in the profession for a period of several years, the shortage of qualified teachers will prevail. As a means of encouraging young teachers to remain in the profession and to encourage and recognize participation in professional activities, NAAE offers the Teachers Turn the Key Scholarship.

This program is sponsored by RAM Trucks as a special project of the National FFA Foundation

Region I Kristina Gowans, UT Press Release
Chelcee Mansfield, OR Press Release
Kristin Niehenke, WA Press Release
Denise O'Toole, NV Press Release
Darla Sheppard, WA Press Release
Danielle Reynolds, ID Press Release
Melissa Mack, MT Press Release
Shane Stender, MT Press Release
Hailey Bass, UT Press Release
Region II Nicole Beirne, AR Press Release
Brittney Wright, CO Press Release
Jacque Gabbert, KS Press Release
Kalynn Baldock, NM Press Release
Mason Jones, OK Press Release
Region III Juliana Loudon, ND Press Release
Kami Johnston, ND Press Release
Siera Meyer, NE Press Release
Sarah Paisley, NE Press Release
Dawn Mausser, IA Press Release
Lindsey Brown, MN Press Release
Marie Jaacks, SD Press Release
Amie Stillman, WI Press Release
Region IV Katie Black, OH Press Release
Rebecca O'Farrell, IN Press Release
Douglas Nelson, IL Press Release
Bryan Schullian, IL Press Release
Kimberly Self, IN Press Release
Renee Wangler, MI Press Release
Katie Harvey, MO Press Release
Nathan Scheiderer, MO Press Release
Maria Homan, OH Press Release
Region V Caroline Tucker, TN Press Release
Tiffany Parish, FL Press Release
Amie Imler, FL Press Release
Micheal Barnes, GA Press Release
Kristy Camp, MS Press Release
Courtney Myers, MS Press Release
Wil Baxley, NC Press Release
Olivia Watson, NC Press Release
Jason Gore, SC Press Release
Region VI Kaylie Ackerley, NY Press Release
Julia Hudyncia, NY Press Release
Christy Kerr, VA Press Release
Michael Kingsbury, CT Press Release
Brynn Mulvihill, DE Press Release
Sara Seiser, MD Press Release
Philip Haussener, PA Press Release
Cindy Green. VA Press Release
Ashley Butler, WV Press Release

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Lifetime Achievement Award

Ford NAAE will recognize retired NAAE members who have made significant contributions to agricultural education at the state, regional, and national levels with Lifetime Achievement Award.

This program is sponsored by Ford as a special project of the National FFA Foundation

Region I Kevin Fochs Kevin Fochs, MT Press Release
Region II Gerald Young Gerald Young, TX Press Release
Region III Lavern Georgson Lavern Georgson, WI Press Release
Region IV Norman Rohrbach Norman Rohrbach, MO Press Release
Region V Gary Minyard Gary Minyard, GA Press Release
Region VI Richard Strangeway Richard Strangeway, NY Press Release

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Upper Division Agricultural Education Scholarship Recipients

Thanks to the generous sponsorship of National Geographic Learning | Delmar Cengage Learning and proceeds from the ticket raffle at the NAAE convention, NAAE awarded scholarships to students who are majoring in agricultural education and who will be completing their student teaching in fall 2013 or spring 2014 semesters.

This program is sponsored by National Geographic Learning | Cengage Learning

Click the recipient's name below for a news release.

Sara Colombe South Dakota State University
Katelyn Dei University of Wisconsin-Platteville
Jacob Dickey University of Illinois Urbana Champaign
Samantha Fisher New Mexico State University
Amanda Forstater The Pennsylvania State University
Hannah Homansky University of Georgia
Skylar Kraemer University of Wisconsin-River Falls
Emelia Kratz Purdue University
Stacey Kunde University of Wisconsin-River Falls
Erica Lamers University of Wisconsin-Platteville
Cody Rakes University of Kentucky
Emily Rudder Colorado State University
Kinzie Selke Kansas State University
Lee Stewart Oklahoma State University
Katelyn Vincent Kansas State University

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