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NAAE Past President
Jason Kemp
Tennessee
(731) 364-5154
kempj3@k12tn.net

Jason teaches agriculture and serves as the FFA advisor at Dresden High School in Dresden, Tenn.

Kemp is currently in his 17th year of teaching at one of the last high school production farms in the state of Tennessee. His program produces cattle, swine, row crops, and hay. As an agriculture teacher, Kemp has helped to mentor over 60 agricultural education majors and 12 student teachers from the University of Tennessee at Martin, his alma mater. He also serves as a mentor for newly-hired agriculture teachers within his county.

There is currently a national demand for agriculture teachers and Kemp has worked over the last several years as NAAE Region V Vice President and along with the NAAE Member Services Committee to address this issue. As president, he wants to continue his efforts in developing recruitment and retention strategies for the agricultural education profession.

“I believe our organization is one of the strongest in the education sector, and that we provide the best professional development for our members,” said Kemp. “When we combine our strengths together, then our adversities can be taken in stride.”

Jason has been a state and national leader in agricultural education for several years, most recently as the 2017 NAAE Region V Vice President, 2012 President of the Tennessee Association of Agricultural Educators, and the NAAE Region V Secretary in 2014.

He lives, farms and teaches in Dresden, Tenn. with his wife, who also holds a degree in education. They have two sons and a daughter.

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