Our Profession ~ Our Future
Comments from Bryan
Gause, NAAE President
like any other organization, is composed of its
members – a diverse base of individuals that come
together and unite in a common cause. Members
are true professionals that believe in themselves
and their profession enough to work for it beyond
their own domain, unite with others for mutual benefit,
and seek improvement for the entire profession.
Members are professionals like you who share in
a simple philosophy of "service over self."
If we did not share in this core basic belief, we
would not be involved in agricultural education.
Each of us hold unique positions in agricultural
education and in our students’ formal public education.
As such, we take all people who enter our programs
as they are and we attempt to ensure that each exits
as an educated person and a prepared citizen.
We know that our students are asked to survive in
a world that is increasingly complex, where change
is the rule rather than the exception. Change
does not always come easily. We, as instructors,
are faced with the challenges of change on a daily
basis – change that effects us as we continue to
improve the lives of the students and communities
that we serve.
Change and challenges face all organizations. Those
of us in agricultural education have always taken
pride in directing our own destiny in preparing
for the future. The NAAE is the organization
of agricultural educators dedicated to working for
the professional development of our membership and
the diverse populations we serve in challenging
As an officer of NAAE I have been asked: "What
does this organization do for me?" Each
NAAE board member can always answer with all of
the tangible responses, but these are only the tangibles.
It is the intangible benefits that NAAE membership
brings that are of the highest true value.
Intangible benefits include: an immeasurable wealth
of information that adds to our well being as a
professional; and a chance to network with, meet
with, and to gather with other professionals, like
ourselves, who look to the future of agricultural
education with optimism.
The NAAE board of directors is optimistic about
the future of agricultural education and our professional
organization. We continue to believe
that our organization must remain financially stable,
focused on our mission, and prepared for the future;
that NAAE must actively recruit, retain and reward
quality individuals to teach agriculture and participate
in our professional organization at all levels;
that no person or group should be left behind; that
we must establish a proactive legislative agenda,
an agenda that will allow NAAE and state associations
to make a positive impact on all levels of legislative
involvement; and that NAAE must continue to provide
diverse opportunities for personal development and
professional growth, while ensuring ongoing membership
services to each member.
How can NAAE continue to be a viable force in agriculture
education if it doesn’t represent all agricultural
education professionals at all levels? At
NAAE, we simply believe in the value of each member
of our professional organization and the power to
get things done that we can only do together.
"The value of one, the power of all!"
We are truly a family of professional educators
working together within the agriculture industry
to improve agriculture and ag education. Join
with us today as we together chart the course of
"Our Profession . . . Our Future."