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Friday, June 20, 2014

Excellent FFA Programs Begin with Excellent Agriculture Teachers

KyCorn Supports New Kentucky Master Ag Teacher Program

If you ask anyone who had a life shaping FFA experience, most all of them will credit their agriculture teachers. Ag teachers introduce students to agriculture and FFA, they are truly the ones raising up the next generation of KY Agriculturalists. That's why the Kentucky FFA Foundation is partnering with KyCorn to make an investment in our teachers called Kentucky Master Ag Teacher Program (KMAT).

KMAT is a new program designed for teachers with 5-10 years experience in the classroom. Teachers will have quarterly meetings for two years.

"KMAT is the next step in relevant professional learning in agricultural education," says Kentucky FFA Advisor Brandon Davis. "This is more than just talking about best practices in the classroom. While we will help participants develop their classroom effectiveness, we are also focusing on effective advocacy, becoming leaders in their school/community/profession, and acting as a mentor to other teachers. By engaging teachers in these kinds of programs we can ensure Ag-Ed will continue to be the premier career and technical education option in the state."

This new and exciting program is made possible by KyCorn, which has made a $10,000 annual commitment to ensure the program's success.

"KyCorn is excited with the opportunity to support the future of agriculture education through the Kentucky FFA," said Russel Schwenke, president of KyCorn. "We realize the importance of not only providing education programs to our farm youth, but providing leadership training to our farm educators to strengthen Ag education programs."

The program just announced its first class of 15 teachers, who will be in the program through the summer 2015:

Daniel Bustle, Locust Trace
Lindsey Davie, Henry County
Dustin Estridge, North Laurel
John Hammond, Thomas Nelson
Jarrod Hankins, Webster County
Miles Hargrove, Carlisle County
Krista Hayslip, Rowan County
Ed Hendrick, Warren Central
Bradley McKinney, Todd Central
Janella Miller, Pulaski County
Tracy Probst, Woodford County
Nathan Sewell, Scott County
Matthew Simpson, Jessamine County

"Our hope is that this program will turn good Ag teachers into great Ag teachers who have the knowledge and skills needed to impact the lives of their students and the agriculture industry in their community," said Matt Chaliff, KY FFA Executive Secretary.

The Kentucky FFA Foundation is proud of Kentucky agriculture teachers and we are thankful for the support of KyCorn as they champion this cause.

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