Awards

Outstanding Service Awards

Monsanto 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.

All Outstanding Service Citation photos from 2013 NAAE Convention
(For news releases, see individual entries below)

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Region I
Mike Wallace
Brookland High School Ag. Instructor
Quincy, Washington

news release

Wallace has taught high school agricultural education for over 20 years. He is heavily involved with developing curriculum and resources at the state level, and with his own widely-diversified program, he serves as a quality resource and mentor when fellow educators need help developing curriculum in the areas of natural resources, animal science and mechanics. He is heavily involved in agricultural education professional organizations, serving in multiple leadership roles from 2003-2007, including president of the Washington Association of Agricultural Educators (WAAE).

During his service as the national chairman of the Membership Service committee for NAAE, Wallace created the National Agriculture Relief Fund, which makes money available to NAAE members who have suffered a personal hardship. Complimenting his many years of service to his profession, Wallace has received many educator awards, including the WAAE State Teacher of the Year award in 2001, 2006, 2008 and 2012, and the University of Idaho's 2010 Award for Service in Teacher Preparation.

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Region II
Homer Lenderman
Arkansas House of Representatives
Brookland, Arkansas

news release

Lenderman taught high school agriculture for 30 years at Brookland High School before he was elected to his current position in the Arkansas House of Representatives in 2010. During his years as an educator, Lenderman also served in various positions on his local and state FFA and youth livestock organizations and boards. He also hosted workshops on various topics such as forestry and poultry evaluation, where FFA advisors and members would be invited to learn applicable knowledge and skills from industry professionals.

Lenderman currently serves on the Public Retirement, Education, Joint Audit and Agriculture, Forestry and Economic Development committees in the Arkansas state legislature. In his position as State Representative, Lenderman has been very active in working with his state department of education in the passage of legislation to benefit Arkansas' students and schools. Lenderman has been the previous recipient of several educator awards, including being named as Arkansas State University's Outstanding State Representative for the 88th General Assembly in 2011.

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Region III
Gerlald Lamers
Retired Ag. Instructor
Earlham, Iowa

news release

Lamers retired from agricultural education after 42 years in 2006. In January 1971, Lamers left the classroom to serve as an agricultural education consultant for the Iowa Department of Education. He served in that role for 35 1/2 years until his retirement in August 2006. In 1978, Lamers led the establishment of the Agricultural Career Training of Iowa program, a state organization which provides two-year postsecondary agriculture students with leadership training opportunities.

Lamers continued this support for postsecondary agriculture students when he served on the national taskforce in 1979 that explored the need for a national organization for postsecondary student leadership. This taskforce led to the establishment of the National Postsecondary Agricultural Students Organization (NPASO). Lamers continues his involvement in NPASO, serving as the Interim Executive Director for Iowa PAS and participating in the PAS officer leadership training program hosted by the Minnesota PAS this past summer. A longtime supporter of agricultural education at all levels, Lamers has previously received numerous educator honors, including earning the NPASO Distinguished Service Award in 2012.

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Region IV
Thomas Kremer
Kremer Equipment and Supply
Anna, Ohio

news release

Kremer retired from teaching agriculture education after 31 years. After retiring, he went to work for Wells Brothers, commercial and residential electrical contracting company as a sales representative. After two years with Wells Brothers, Kremer began his own business, Kremer Equipment and Supply. Since he began Kremer Equipment and Supply, Kremer makes it a priority to spend time with agriculture teachers all over the state discuss supplies and equipment, and help them figure out what might work best in their own classrooms. His background in agricultural education allows him to give helpful advice on things that have proven to be successful in other programs.

As a teacher, Kremer was very active at the local, state and national levels through the Ohio Association of Agricultural Educators and the NAAE. Even now he remains a staunch supporter of OAAE, and has donated a percentage of earnings from purchases made by agriculture teachers back to the OAAE to help fund professional development opportunities. He continues to encourage new teachers to take advantage of professional development opportunities and organizations.

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Region V
Dr. R. Kirby Barrick
Agricultural education professor, high school teacher
Gainesville, Florida

news release

Over the course of his career, Barrick has served the agricultural education profession as a high school agriculture teacher, state agricultural education supervisor, and faculty at The Ohio State University. He has also been associate dean of the College of Agriculture, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. After his time at UI at Urbana-Champaign, he became the dean of the College of Agricultural and Life Science at the University of Florida. After five years as dean, Barrick moved to his current position as full professor in the department of Agricultural Education and Communication at UF.

Barrick was nominated by Florida agricultural educators Charlotte Emerson and Andrew Thoron, Ph.D., who describe his leadership and support of agricultural education as "second to none" and an example to follow. Barrick continues to provide professional development to agriculture teachers within the state of Florida through workshops, and has been instrumental in implementing scholarships for state and national FFA officers to attend college.

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Region VI
Andrew Seibel
Virgina FFA
Blacksburg, Virginia

news release

Over the course of his career, Seibel has served the agricultural education profession as a high school agriculture teacher, Virginia FFA executive secretary for 12 years, and now as the Virginia FFA state specialist. While with the Virginia FFA Association and Foundation, he developed the idea of endowing FFA contest plaques, and has grown the program to 180 permanently sponsored plaques today. He has also served in numerous roles in the National FFA Organization including serving on the Middle School Task Force, consultant to the National FFA Board and numerous judging appointments on the national level.

A 28-year member of the NAAE and the Virginia Association of Agricultural Educators, Seibel has attended numerous conventions, served on various committees, and presented professional development workshops to agriculture teachers. He has gained recognition for his involvement in these organizations including numerous teaching awards.

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