Teachers Turn the Key Awards


Agricultural education is continually faced with a shortage of qualified teachers. Unless those who have been trained enter and remain in the profession for a period of several years, the shortage of qualified teachers will prevail. As a means of encouraging young teachers to remain in the profession and to encourage and recognize participation in professional activities, the NAAE “Teachers Turn the Key” scholarship program is being sponsored by Dodge Division and DaimlerChrysler Corporation Fund as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.

NAAE members who have completed at least two but not more than four years of teaching are eligible to apply for this award; members who are currently in their fifth year of teaching are eligible to apply.

Teachers Turn the Key Award Winners

Region I

Jim D. Cant
Imbler High School
Imbler, OR

Charlie Vandehey
Forest Grove High School
Forest Grove, OR

Jeff Holmes
Ryegate Public Schools
Harlowton, MT

Richard Greenwell
Eromberg High School
Silesia, MT

Beth Hammerberg
Wenatchee High School
Wenatchee, WA

Danielle Jelinek
Wahluke School District
Mattawa, AZ

Michael D. Larsen
Parker High School
Parker, AZ

Danielle Cox
Laramie High School
Laramie, WY

Suzanne Hadfield
Davis High School
Lehi, UT

Lisa Hadfield
Willowcreek Middle School
Lehi, UT

Region II

Laurie Ledbetter
Guthrie Center
Houston, TX

Kendra Buckelew
La Plata Middle School
Silver City, NM

Holly Hawkins
Luther Public Schools
Harrah, OK

Julie Appel
Billings Public Schools
Perry, Oklahoma

Marty Cantrell
Choudrant High School
Ruston, LA

Jeff T. Hines
Paola High School
Centerville, KS

Brandon Barr
Central Heights
Lebo, KS

Charlie Vogel
Burlington High School
Burlington, CO

Region III

Gary J. Von Ruden
Brookwood High School
Ontario, WI

Adam Wehling
Evansville High School
Evansville, WI

Tim Willette
Lanesboro Public School
Lanesboro, MN

Christa Williamson
Kerkhoven, MN

Katie Lewis
Columbus Community High School
Ainsworth, IA

Josh Christiansen
Flandreau Public Schools
Flandreau, SD

Ross Hudson
Bon Homme
Tyndall, SD

Aaron Anderson
Turtle Lake-Mercer School
Turtle Lake, ND

Micah Weber
Rock Valley Community High School
Rock Valley, IA

Trisha Hunter
Sioux County High School
Ardmore, NE

Region IV

Megan Burgess
Springport High School
Onondaga, MI

Heather Obert
Dakota High School
Roscoe, IL

Jennifer Wherley
Monticello High School
Champaign, IL

Parker Bane
Pontiac Township High School
Pontiac, IL

Deanna Thies
Boonville R-1 School District
Columbia, MO

Suzie Hoop
Ridgewood High School
West Lafayette, OH

Nicki Jones
Campbell County High School
Berry, KY

Natalie Schilling
Eastern Hancock High School
Wilkinson, IN

Sarah Dyer
Ben Davis Career Center
Danville, IN

Region V

Deb Alwin
Braden River High School
Ruskin, FL

Jason Steward
Durant High School
Plant City, FL

Jeremy A. Brooks
Midland Valley High School
North Augusta, SC

Jason Kemp
Dresden High School
Dresden, TN

Andy Bishop
Westmoreleand High School
Westmoreland, TN

Jamie Stevens
Lee County Middle School
Leesburg, GA

Joshua Davenport
Booneville High School
Glen, MS

Kevin Bradley
CHASE High School
Forest City, NC

Region VI

Jeannie L. Layton
Giles High School
New Castle, VA

Erin Noble
Allentown High School
New Egypt, NJ

Michele Sutton
Southern Cayuga High School
Aurora, New York

Doreen S. Jamison
Myersdale Area School District
Berlin, PA

Katrina Ellis
Northern Adirondak Centre
Ellenburg Depot

Benjamin R. Mordan
Tyrone Area High School
State College, PA

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