Awards

Outstanding Service Awards

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 2005 NAAE National Convention in Kansas City. This award is sponsored by Animal Industry Alliance.

Region I
Dale Crawford
Agricultural Educator (Retired)
Culver Oregon

Region IV
Robert Parsons
Retired
Salem. Missouri
Region II
Mary Kane
Executive Secretary - Kansas FFA Association
Manhattan, Kansas

Region V
Steven Gass
Tennessee FFA Advisor
Nashville, Tennessee

Region III
Gary Anderson
Retired
DeForest, Wisconsin
Region VI
Dan Swafford
Retired
Christiansburg, Virginia

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Region I
Dale Crawford
Agricultural Educator (Retired)
Culver Oregon

Nearly half of Crawford's teaching career has been spent on the Oregon State FFA Executive Committee and as a district advisor. His leadership has influenced nine Oregon State University student teachers while serving as their mentor/cooperating teacher. Four years have involved holding several officer positions for the Oregon Vocational Agriculture Teachers' Association. He has been active with the Oregon FFA Board of Directors, the Culver Education Association, Central Oregon Prkins Alliance and the Oregon Farm Bureau.

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Region II
Mary Kane
Executive Secretary - Kansas FFA Association
Manhattan, Kansas

After teaching agricultural education for five years, Kane began serving as the Executive Secretary for the Kansas FFA Association and KAnsas Young Farmers Educational Association. "Mary Kane has dedicated her life to service to agricultural education in the state of Kansas, as well as the nation," shared Doug Zillinger, Kansas Association of Agricultural Educators president. As executive secretary, Kane provides leasdership training to state and national officer teams, organizes the Ag Ed Symposium and has written and received several competative grants.

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Region III
Gary Anderson
Retired
DeForest, Wisconsin

During the past 36 years, Andersonhas strived to make his agricultural education classes relavent, informative and intresting. He initiated a biotechnology program with a student apprentice segment at Sun Prairie High School. in addition, Anderson has served as an inspiration to his students, with 17 having followed in his footsteps to enter the sgricultural education profession.

Anderson's influence has led 13 of his students to obtain their American FFA Degrees. 82 to become State FFA Degree recipients and five to be National Proficiency Award finalist in the National FFA competition.

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Region IV
Robert Parsons
Retired
Salem. Missouri

It is hard to imagine how many lives Parsons has positively influenced during his 35 years of teaching agricultural education. Having served in every area, district and state Missouri Vocational Agiruculture Teachers Association office, he has become one of the most respected agricultural instructors in Missouri. "He is always ready to answer a question, mentor a new teacher, or coordinate a career development event," expressed Pam Proffitt-Rowland, MVATA president. "In everything he does, he emphasizes professionalism and excellence and serves as a role model for us all."

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Region V
Steven Gass
Tennessee FFA Advisor
Nashville, Tennessee

Gass began his agricultural education career in 1987 and now serves as the Agricultural Education Program Consultant for the state of Tennessee. Gass has developed computer templates and user guides for teachers and students, which has improved their teaching and learning. Tennessee has seen a 9% growth in agriculture education programs by adding at least two new programs a year and has experienced a 15% increase in agricultural education enrollment and an 8% increase in FFA membership during his time as the Agricultural Education Program Consultant.

In a time when agricultural education faced cuts in funding, Gass worked very closelywith the TVATA legislative efforts to secure 12 month agricultural education programs in Tennessee.

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Region VI
Dan Swafford
Retired
Christiansburg, Virginia

Swafford began his career as an agricultural educator in 1974 and the contributions he has made to agricultural education are imeasuranle. Twenty years later, Swafford developed and introduced a small animal car curriculum for teachers in Virginia. Today, the program is taught in 24 schools.

Swafford has not only been an influence on his high school students, he has also provided full time and part-time in-service education to his peers. With Swafford's instruction, teachers in Virginia have been able to expand their knowledge of computer applications and robotics in agriculture by participating in these sessions.

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