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Region IV Vice President
Deanna Thies
Missouri
(660) 882-5306, x 7210
dthies@bpsk12.net

Deanna teaches agriculture at Boonslick Technical Education Center in Boonville, MO. Her tenure as NAAE Region IV Vice President will last three years (2018-21).

Deanna is a native of Missouri. She grew up with an agriculture background, but not on a farm. She has been very driven in her promotion of agriculture and expanding her knowledge. At the age of 14, she developed her supervised agricultural experience program and it was this which drove her passion for agriculture, agricultural education, and FFA. Her SAE consisted of a fresh fruit and vegetable business where she sold produce at local farmers markets. Deanna is proud that the business she started at age 14 is still in operation and is now family owned. Her experiences in FFA and her ability to be recognized for awards gave her the passion to provide students with the same opportunities she was able to achieve.

Deanna is a 2003 graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia where she holds Bachelor's degrees in Agricultural Education and Plant Science and a Master's degree in Agricultural Education.

Deanna has been a leader in agricultural education on many levels, including both the NAAE and the Missouri Vocational Agriculture Teachers Association (MVATA). She's had the honor of serving MVATA for eight years on the area, district, and state levels, and for three years as the NAAE Region IV Secretary. Deanna's goals while serving the members of NAAE include to: inspire others to take a leadership role within the agricultural education profession; serve the membership of NAAE and Region IV as a strong and competent leader; promote and protect the future of agriculture and agricultural education; and help to continue to advance the profession of agricultural education through advocacy, committee work, and professional development.

Deanna resides in Columbia, Missouri and enjoys spending time with family and friends, helping to run the family produce business, and running half marathons and marathons.

 

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