National Agriscience Preservice Teacher Program

The National Agriscience Preservice Teacher Program is committed to promoting inquiry-based teaching methods and the enhancement of science in agriculture to preservice teachers in agricultural education across the nation.

This fall, preservice teachers can apply to atte3nd an interactive, hands-on agriscience training program at the 2017 National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana. Selected participants will be challenged to develop inquiry-based lessons to use during their students teaching experience as well as when they enter the teaching profession.

Program Eligibility
To be eligible to apply for this program, each applicant must be:

  • an agricultural education major that will be completing his or her student teaching in fall that NAPTP happens or the following spring in a college or university that offers a program of study in agricultural education;
  • majoring in agricultural education with intentions to become an agriculture teacher;
  • and a current student member of NAAE.

Program Cost
Selected participants will be responsible for their own travel expense to the National FFA Convention.

To Apply
The application for the 2017 NAPTP event has closed. Applications will be evaluated by NAAE. The NAPTP will be held on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana at the 2017 National FFA Convention, from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Lunch will be provided. Each participant will be provided with instructional materials and other teaching materials as part of the program.

If you have questions, contact Alissa Smith at (800) 509-0204 or by email at

2016 NAPTP Participants

Jacob Adkinson Oklahoma State University
Maria Ausburn Clemson University
Emily Burns The Ohio State University
Michael Cahill Pennsylvania State University
Shannon Connolly Clemson University
Noah Crosson UC Davis
Emma Curtis Colorado State University
Kaitlyn Elliott University of Kentucky
Molly Gore Tennessee Technological University
Isaiah Govea University of Arizona
Leann Green North Carolina State University
Kayla Hack Pennsylvania State University
Loghan Hallett University of Wisconsin -- River Falls
Miranda Kane Pennsylvania State University
Ashley Light Virginia Tech
Rebecca Lovett Virginia Tech
Anna Meador University of Kentucky
Christina Miller North Carolina State University
Mitch Miller Western Illinois University
Marissa Modglin Purdue University
Kristie Neighbors Purdue University
Jacob Nester North Carolina State University
Cameron Padgett Clemson University
Patric Pehrson University of Minnesota
Cole Ramsey Clemson University
Krystal Rigney University of Kentucky
Carley Snider The Ohio State University
Stacy Stroing UC Davis
Scott Tager Clemson University
Addie Tucker University of Georgia
Savannah Vickery Clemson University
Caroline Warns Virginia Tech
Sarah Warren University of Kentucky
Elizabeth Wilson Virginia Tech

2015 NAPTP Participants

Clairise Anderson University of California, Davis
Shelby Aulds Mississippi State University
Chloe Babcock Clemson University
Danielle Blake North Carolina State University
Jesse Blount Clemson University
Jesse  Boland University of Georgia
Katherine Brock Clemson University
Elizabeth Canupp Clemson University
Taylor Clifford State University of New York at Oswego
Katie Conn The University of Kentucky
Ashley Cromer The Ohio State University
Katherine Davis South Dakota State University
Jade Halliburton Southern Arkansas University
Chelsea Henshaw Oklahoma State University
Catherine Holland Clemson University
Paige Levandowski The University of Kentucky
Savannah Melton Olkahoma State University 
Kelsey Morris The University of Kentucky
Erika Pisik Clemson University
Kinsley Reeves Clemson University
Bethany Stencel South Dakota State University
Bailey Taylor University of Georgia


2014 NAPTP Participants

Hannah Anderson Kansas State University
Holly Benenhaley Clemson University
Anna Bruner North Carolina State University
Beau Buehler North Dakota State University
Lisa Busack University of Minnesota
Ethan Busbee Clemson University
Andrea Clement University of Minnesota
Courtney Deetz University of Wisconsin-River Falls
Tommy Difendal Delaware Valley College
Elizabeth Eastep University of Minnesota
Alicia Hampton Kansas State University
JoAnna Heilman University of Kentucky
Bailey Hurlbert South Dakota State University
Rea Ianson The Pennsylvania State University
Bryanna Kenno The Pennsylvania State University
Pam Klittich California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo
Derek Knight University of Kentucky
Stacy Kunde University of Wisconsin-River Falls
Deion Latimer Clemson University
Sarah Lee University of Minnesota
Jessica McCarty Virginia Tech
Julia Miller Clemson University
Howard Poole The Pennsylvania State University
Kendra Rieckhoff Northwest Missouri State University
Lisa Roker University of Minnesota
Andrew Sauer Iowa State University
Trenton Taber Western Illinois University
Chelsea Vilchis University of Minnesota
Brian Welch University of Kentucky
Hannah Wilts University of Minnesota


2013 NAPTP Participants

Congratulations to the inaugural class of the National Agriscience Preservice Teacher Program!

Kadie Brown Oklahoma State University
Chelsea Campbell Texas Tech University
Jeanne Case The Pennsylvania State University
Ashlee Diamond Utah State University
Brady Eischeid Iowa State University
Katelyn Givens Virginia Tech
Riley Hintzsche Western Illinois University
Mary Jones Mississippi State University
Cheyanne Keith The University of Arizona
Tierney Lain University of Minnesota
Steven Lammers University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
Kendall Mallory University of Kentucky
David Pottroff Kansas State University
Jessie Ross The Pennsylvania State University
Laura Schwengel South Dakota State University

The National Agriscience Preservice Teacher Program and the National Agriscience Teacher Ambassador Academy are sponsored by DuPont as a special project of the National FFA Foundation and managed by the National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE).



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