It is those that go above and beyond the call of duty that impact our lives the most. Those can be doctors, nurses, your best friend your teacher. The agricultural education profession provides numerous opportunities for teacher educators to further their professional development and keep up with the times. The NAAE Outstanding Service Citation Award is given to those who serve their profession in professional activities, school activities, and community service.
Each recipient received a plaque and a cash award to attend the 2003 NAAE National Convention in Orlando. This award is sponsored by Animal Industry Alliance.
Othello High School (Retired)
R. Leon Crowe
North Decatur High School
Centerpoint High School
Assistant Commissionar for Vocational Education
Cornell University (Retired)
To list all of the accomplishments of Clinton Sams and his students would take pages. With 30 years of teaching experience under his belt before retirement, Sams was one of the premier agriculture teachers in the state of Washington. His commitment to the profession, education, students and FFA is apparent in the success of his students, who have earned over 1,000 banners, plaques and awards.
Outside of the classroom, Sams' dedication to agricultural education and the community is unmatched. He has judged FFA Career Development Events (CDE) for the district through state levels; served as the superintendent of dairy at the Grant County Fair and swine at the Adams County Fair; coordinated the Livestock Judging CDE at several county fairs; served on the Adams County Livestock Committee for more than 25 years and performed in numerous roles as a member of the Nazarene Church for more than 40 years.
Buck currently serves as the agricultural instructor at Centerpoint High School. Buck's involvement in the FFA as a high school student and his former agricultural instructor caused him to become a teacher. After teaching for 45 years, Buck has remained in the profession because of the excitement he witnesses on a daily basis from his students. "The FFA is a supreme organization for providing students with opportunities and helping them succeed with leadership training," said Buck.
Buck's dedication to agriculture and education has extended beyond his classroom and FFA chapter. He has served as the legislative liaison for the Arkansas Vocational Agriculture Teachers Association for 20 years, a member of the Farm Bureau State Board and a Farm Credit Board of Western Arkansas member. Having been recognized with numerous outstanding teacher awards and the Honorary American FFA Degree, Buck is a true example of an outstanding servant to agricultural education.
Retired after 34 years of teaching high school agriculture, Hanson is dedicated to agricultural education. Hanson began teaching at Willmar High School in 1969 after teaching three years in Rush City. Under his direction, the program at Willmar grew from three to five staff persons and developed from a trimester system to block scheduling with an adoption of the Minnesota Graduation Standards.
While teaching high school, Hanson found time to teach evening agricultural classes at Willmar Community College from 1982 to 1998 to maintain an agricultural presence at the school. His dedication to agricultural education and FFA did not stop upon his retirement. He is continuing to serve the FFA in his third year as the Minnesota FFA Career Development Event (CDE) Coordinator and is on the Minnesota FFA Alumni Council. He also has served as a mentor for ten first-year teachers and a volunteer scorer for the CDE programs at the 2003 National FFA Convention.
Serving as an agriculture teacher and FFA advisor for 39 years at North Decatur High School in Indiana, R. Leon Crowe's dedication to agricultural education is unparalleled. During that time, Crowe has hosted and worked with more than 30 student teachers and served as a university supervisor for student teachers.
As the North Decatur FFA Advisor, many of his students have earned outstanding accomplishments, including two State FFA Stars, three National FFA proficiency finalists, one National FFA proficiency winner and a state FFA officer. Practicing the public speaking skills he has taught to his own FFA members, Crowe has spoke to several Purdue University agricultural education classes and served as the key-note speaker at numerous FFA chapter banquets throughout Indiana.
Crowe has been recognized with the Distinguished Service Award from the Indiana FFA Association and Foundation and has also earned the Honorary State FFA Degree.
Ralph Barnett, the Assistant Commissioner for Vocational-Technical Education in Tennessee, has devoted much of his life to agricultural education and the FFA. In the past, Barnett served as an agricultural instructor for six years and the Regional Supervisor of Vocational Agriculture for 15 years.
Since 1974, Barnett has been the chairman of the state FFA officer selection committee. Additionally, he has served as the coordinator of the West Tennessee Awards Program, organized and directed two State FFA Alumni conventions and helped organize the first Governor's School for Agriculture in Tennessee. In addition to dedicating his time to support agriculture, he has helped provide $300,000 of federal funds to support the State FFA Leadership Camp and chaired a $500,000 building program for the agriculture fraternity at the University of Tennessee in Martin.
Foster has dedicated his entire career to supporting agricultural education. In 1978, Foster became the Senior Extension Associate for The Cornell Educational Resources Program (CERP) at Cornell University. His responsibilities included preparing and editing curriculum, conducting research, planning in-service workshops and teaching graduate and undergraduate courses. Now retired, Foster is still an avid supporter of agricultural education.
Foster's work with the CERP resulted in over four million dollars in grants for programs, curricula, instructional materials and professional development for agriculture educators. Foster has received numerous professional awards, including a Certificate of Appreciation from the United States Department of Agriculture and the Outstanding Service Award from the American Association for Agricultural Educators (AAAE). In addition to serving agricultural education, Foster served the United States in the Vietnam War where he received a Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Air Medal and Combat Infantry Badge.