Awards

Lifetime Achievement Awards

NAAE awards Lifetime Achievement Award to individuals who have contributed to the advancement of agricultural education on a regional or national level. Each recipient received a plaque and a cash award to attend the annual conference in Las Vegas. The National Pork Board sponsors this award.

Region I
Keith Hyatt
Payette High School (Retired)

Fruitland, Idaho
Region IV
James Faust
Lynchburg Clay High School (Retired)
Hillsboro, Ohio
Region II
Guy Finstad
Retired
Cransfills Gap, Texas
Region V
Charles Griner
Colquitt County High School
Moultrie, Georgia
Region III
Phillip Miller
Mead High School (Retired)
Wahoo, Nebraska
Region VI
Charles Cramer
Walkersville High School
Walkersville, Maryland

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Region I
Keith Hyatt
Payette High School (Retired)
Fruitland, Idaho

Retired after 34 years of teaching Keith Hyatt's reputation is one of a skilled and motivated teacher and FFA advisor. Hyatt has had parliamentary procedure, dairy production, agricultural sales and prepared public speaking participants finish in the top five in National FFA Career Development Events (CDE). Hyatt’s expertise in the dairy field has led him to judge contests in Idaho and Nevada, as well as managing the Nevada Dairy CDE for the past three years. He has been able to share his knowledge by presenting workshops to teachers on curriculum development and CDE team training, as well as organizing an aquaculture workshop for teachers from Nevada, Idaho, and Montana.

Hyatt’s impact on agricultural education reaches past the confines of the classroom to the 17 student teachers he supervised, 13 students (including his son) that left his program to become agriculture teachers themselves and to the bordering states that benefit from his knowledge.

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Region II
Guy Finstad
Retired
Cransfills Gap, Texas

There are not many areas of agricultural education in the state of Texas that have not been impacted by the service of Guy Finstad. Finstad spent 22 years in the classroom as an agricultural education teacher and FFA advisor. Following that, he moved to Austin to act as the legislative director and administrative assistant for Bill Sarpalius while he was in the Senate and House respectively. While serving in these positions, Finstad successfully worked on legislation that kept agriculture education in school curriculum.

Finstad then became the executive director of the Vocational Agriculture Teachers Association of Texas (VATAT), continuing to lobby for agricultural education. He was instrumental in the creation of the Young Farmer Loan Program in Texas, as well as the creation of the Career and Technology Council, which represents nine professional organizations in the areas of career and technology education.

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Region III
Phillip Miller
Mead High School (Retired)
Wahoo, Nebraska

Retired after 42 years of teaching agricultural education at Mead High School, Miller’s influence on Nebraska agricultural education is immeasurable. While teaching, Miller was the first to introduce computer application classes at the school, buying computers through grants that he attained. Miller constantly updated the program curriculum, initiating classes in agricultural science, horticulture, agricultural business and computers in agriculture during his time at Mead. Because of Miller’s success at Mead, the program has grown, with two teachers and the nation’s first rural Ag Magnet School developed in cooperation with the University of Nebraska.

Retirement has not stopped Miller’s contributions to agricultural education. He serves as a judge at district and state FFA Career Development Events (CDE s) and well as participating in a number of 4-H activities. Still active with the Mead FFA Chapter, he assists the current advisors as well as serving as an officer in the chapter’s FFA Alumni group.

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Region IV
James Faust
Lynchburg Clay High School (Retired)
Hillsboro, Ohio

Retired in 2001 after 31 years of teaching, Faust was an advisor for his FFA chapter, FFA Alumni group and a Young Farmer Chapter. Faust and his students experience success, with numerous national, state, and district awards.

The Ohio Vocational Agriculture Teachers Association (OVATA) honored Faust throughout his teaching career as Outstanding Young Teacher and Teacher of the Year. Other honors include recognition by the local Lions Club for community service, National FFA, and the Ohio Young Farmers Association. Active in professional organizations, Faust served as secretary, vice president and president of OVATA, as well as serving on curriculum development teams.

Unable to stay out of the classroom, Faust returned to the classroom after retirement and is currently teaching U.S. History and Environmental Science at Lynchburg-Clay High School.

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Region V
Charles Griner
Colquitt County High School
Moultire, Georgia

Griner’s service to agricultural education has been invaluable to the state of Georgia. Having taught at both the high school and college level, as well as working for the state department of education, Griner has experienced many aspects of the profession.

Griner has been very involved in the professional organizations for agricultural educators. He served two terms as the director of the Georgia Vocational Agriculture Teachers Association (GVATA), as well as being active in NAAE, the Georgia Vocational Association and the National Vocational Association.

Throughout his career, Griner has been active in curriculum development, writing 12 instructional booklets. In 1995, he wrote a test book in floral design that was published by Delmar Publishers. In addition to writing, Griner has developed and taught a number of workshops for Georgia teachers.

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Region VI
Charles Cramer
Agriscience Teacher (Retired)
Walkersville, Maryland

Retired after more than 35 years as an agricultural educator, Cramer contribution to agricultural education is immeasurable. His students experienced multitudes of success, one serving as a National FFA officer, 20 serving as Maryland State Officers, hundreds of Maryland State FFA Degree Winners, 40 National FFA Award Winners and teams; the list could go on and on.

Cramer has been recognized in the past with the Maryland Conservation Teacher of the Year Award, the NAAE Teacher of Teacher Award and the Regional Outstanding Young Member Award.

In addition to being a classroom teacher and FFA advisor, Cramer was a part of the Glade Valley Community Show Committee for 31 years, a 4-H leader and judge, as well as a member of the 2003 National Envirothon Committee.

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