Awards

NAAE: 2015 Award Winners

Convention Photos & News Releases

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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.

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

To see and download photos of the National Agriscience Teachers of the Year being honored at NAAE convention, visit our Flickr Album.

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Region I

Jessica Grundy

 

 

Jessica Grundy, UT

 

 

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Region II

Rachel Knight

 

 

Rachel Knight, NM

 

 

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Region III

Candice Olson

 

 

Candice Franks, WI

 

 

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Region IV

Matthew Simpson

 

 

Matthew Simpson, KY

 

 

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Region V

Jason Gore

 

 

Jason Gore, SC

 

 

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Region VI

Michael Clark

 

 

Michael Clark, PA

 

 

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Outstanding Young Member

John Deere The Outstanding Young Member Award is a means of encouraging young teachers to remain in the profession and to recognize their participation in professional activities.

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

To see and download photos of the Outstanding Young Members being honored at NAAE convention, visit our Flickr Album.

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Region I

Natalie Borba

 

 

Natalie Borba, CA

 

 

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Region II

Kimberly Mitchell

 

 

Kimberly Mitchell, KS

 

 

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Region III

Jacob Cramer

 

 

Jacob Cramer, WI

 

 

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Region IV

Bailey Garwood

 

 

Bailey Garwood, MI

 

 

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Region V

Katie Gilson

 

 

Katie Gilson, SC

 

 

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Region VI

Tedra Bean

 

 

Tedra Bean, NY

 

 

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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.

To see and download photos of the Outstanding Teachers being honored at NAAE convention, visit our Flickr Album.

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Region I

Jim Cant

 

 

J.D. Cant, OR

 

 

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Region II

Kevin Barenberg

 

 

Kevin Barenberg, AR

 

 

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Region III

Paul Larson

 

 

Paul Larson, WI

 

 

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Region IV

Tracey Hoffman

 

 

Tracey Hoffman, MI

 

 

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Region V

Jason Chester

 

 

Jason Chester, NC

 

 

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Region VI

Lee Ann Hall

 

 

Lee Ann Hall, WV

 

 

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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.

To see and download photos of the Outstanding Middle/Secondary Program award recipients being honored at NAAE convention, visit our Flickr Album.

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Region I

San Luis Obispo High School

 

 

San Luis Obispo High School, CA

 

 

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Region II

Fairview Public School

 

 

Fairview Public School, OK

 

 

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Region III

Springfield High School

 

 

Springfield High School, MN

 

 

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Region IV

LaRue County High School

 

 

LaRue County High School, KY

 

 

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Region V

Cottondale High School

 

 

Cottondale High School, FL

 

 

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Region VI

Central High School

 

 

Central High School, VA

 

 

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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.

To see and download photos of the Outstanding Postsecondary/Adult award recipients being honored at NAAE convention, visit our Flickr Album.

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Region III

Indian Hills CC

 

 

Indian Hills Community College, IA

 

 

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Region IV

Crowder College

 

 

Crowder College, MO

 

 

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Region V

Miller County High School

 

 

Miller County Young Farmers Program, GA

 

 

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Region VI

Virginia Tech

 

 

Virginia Agiculture Leaders Obtaining Results program at Virginia Tech,VA

 

 

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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.

To see and download photos of the Teacher Mentor award recipients being honored at NAAE convention, visit our Flickr Album.

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Region I

Michael Sheppard

 

 

Michael Sheppard, WA

 

 

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Region II

Cade LeJeune

 

 

Cade LeJeune, LA

 

 

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Region III

Michael Retallick

 

 

Dr.Michael Retallick, IA

 

 

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Region IV

Michael Spahr

 

 

Michael Spahr, OH

 

 

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Region V

Farrah Johnson

 

 

Farrah Johnson, FL

 

 

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Region VI

Erin McCaffrey

 

 

Erin McCaffrey, NY

 

 

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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.

This program is sponsored by National Geographic Learning | Cengage Learning.

To see and download photos of the Ideas Unlimited award recipients being honored at NAAE convention, visit our Flickr Album.

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Region I

Eric Tilleman

 

 

Eric Tilleman, MT

 

 

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Region II

Cory Wedel

 

 

Cory Wedel, CO

 

 

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Region III

Melissa Bonifas

 

 

Melissa Bonifas, NE

 

 

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Region IV

Erica McBee

 

 

Erica McBee, MO

 

 

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Region V

Nancy Sell

 

 

Nancy Sell, GA

 

 

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Region VI

Melanie Berndtson

 

 

Melanie Berndtson, PA

 

 

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Lifetime Achievement

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.

To see and download photos of the Lifetime Achievement award recipients being honored at NAAE convention, visit our Flickr Album.

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Region I

Greg Thompson

 

 

Greg Thompson, OR

 

 

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Region II

Michael Robison

 

 

Michael Robison, OK

 

 

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Region III

Keith Gundlach

 

 

Keith Gundlach, WI

 

 

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Region IV

Jim Craft

 

 

Jim Craft, IL

 

 

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Region V

W. Patrick Earle

 

 

W. Patrick Earle, SC

 

 

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Region VI

Frank Yesalavich

 

 

Frank Yesalavich, NJ

 

 

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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.

To see and download photos of the Lifetime Achievement award recipients being honored at NAAE convention, visit our Flickr Album.

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Region I J.R. Simplot Company, ID News Release
Region II Andy Guffey, AR News Release
Region III Pam Jahnke, WI News Release
Region IV Facilitating Coordination in Agricultural Education, IL News Release
Region V Ag Central Co-Op, TN News Release
Region VI Katie Frazier, VA News 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.

To see and download photos of the Outstanding Service Citation recipients being honored at NAAE convention, visit our Flickr Album.

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Region I

E.Lewis

 

 

Elaine Lewis, WA

 

 

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Region II

John Wayne

 

 

John Wayne Strickland, OK

 

 

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Region III

R.Bockhop

 

 

Dr. Rick Bockhop, WI 

 

 

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Region IV

John Kabat

 

 

John Kabat, IL

 

 

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Region V

Ross

 

 

Richard Ross, TN

 

 

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Region VI

Jepson

 

 

Dr. Patricia Jepson, CT

 

 

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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.

To see and download photos of theTeachers Turn the Key recipients being honored at NAAE convention, visit our Flickr Album.

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Region I Alyssa Davies, OR News Release
Brittnie England, AZ News Release
Courtney Castle, CA News Release
Charlie Mann, NV News Release
Carol Travis, WA News Release
Daniel Billington, ID News Release
Francisca Pena, UT News Release
Jackie Tichepco, HI News Release
   
Region II Brandon Lewis, AR News Release
Lauren Van Allen, KS News Release
Stacia Huxman, OK News Release
   
   
Region III Cayla Graves,SD News Release
Daniel Scott May, IA News Release
Nikki Beucler, MN News Release
Nicole Fideldy, ND News Release
Sarah Knutson, NE News Release
Walter James Taylor, WI News Release
   
Region IV Ellen Amos, MO News Release
Heather Ann Dougherty, IN News Release
Jessica Louise Collins, IL News Release
Leyna Neil Miller, MI News Release
Shalie Jo Logan, OH News Release
   
Region V Ashley Bringle, TN News Release
Adrienne Smith, GA News Release
Courtney Wade, NC News Release
Josh Everett, MS News Release
Trent Wells, AL News Release
   
Region VI Alison Sutphin, VA News Release
Christopher Smith, NY News Release
Darla Romberger, PA News Release
Laura Pinhas, NJ News Release
Melissa Cunningham, CT News Release
Susan Mitchell, DE News Release
Katlin Thorsell, WV News Release
   
   

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Upper Division Ag Education Scholarship Recipients

Thanks to the generous sponsorship of National Geographic Leaning | 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 the fall 2015 or spring 2016 semesters.

This program is sponsored by National Geographic Learning | Cengage Learning

Riane Towery Oregon State University News Release
Jaimee Brentano Oregon State University News Release 
Nicholas Adams Louisiana State University News Release 
Chelsea Sutherland Louisiana State University News Release
Morgan Pinnell New Mexico State University News Release
Sabrina Kieser University of Wisconsin-River Falls News Release 
Kathryn Chapman University of Wisconsin-River Falls News Release
Jaelyn Bergmann University of Missouri-Columbia News Release
Amanda Smith University of Missouri News Release
Clayton Carley University of Illinois News Release
Shelby Cooper University of Illinois News Release
Paige Levandowski University of Kentucky News Release
Sarabeth Royer Pennsylvania State University News Release
Katherine Andrews Pennsylvania State University News Release
Mason Tate Pennsylvania State University News Release