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May 4-8

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Region III Secretary
Shari Graffunder
(608) 588-2554 ext. 2109

Shari teaches agriculture, food, and natural resources at River Valley High School, in Spring Green, Wisconsin. Her tenure as regional secretary will last for one year, during which time she will assist the Region III vice president with duties and activities of the region.

She has been a leader in agricultural education on many levels, including both the National Association of Agricultural Educators and the Wisconsin Association of Agricultural Educators. As an NAAE member, she served on the National FFA Awards and Recognition Advisory Council for 2015-2018 and has been a member of the NAAE Policy and Bylaws Committee representing Region III for 2019-2022. In 2015, Shari participated in NAAE’s National Agriscience Teacher Ambassador Academy. She served as the WAAE president in 2013-2014, the co-chairperson of the Wisconsin Agriscience Inquiry Institute for 2016, the chairperson of the Wisconsin FFA Center Board of Directors in 2014-2015, and is currently on the Wisconsin FFA Board of Directors for 2015-2019.

"The ability to work with amazing individuals, who are passionate about the same interests motivates me to be a leader in the NAAE," said Shari. "I've enjoyed the opportunities of meeting other educators from other states and attending professional development conferences, so I would like to promote these insightful possibilities to other members."

Shari has been teaching for 23 years and has four main teaching objectives:
1. To prepare students to function as highly-skilled and competent citizens.
2. To foster critical thinking skills.
3. To facilitate the acquisition of lifelong learning skills.
4. To assist students as they develop inquiry and problem-solving skills.

She currently resides in Prairie Du Sac, Wisconsin with her husband, Kevin. She has a dog named Adrian, two cats named Nibbler and Rowan, and a school cat named McGyver.

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