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Meet NAAE Agricultural Educators, Our Sept. 22, 2017, #FarmingFridays Feature
While National Teach Ag Day is on Sept. 21, we’re keeping the celebration of ag education going with our next installment of #FarmingFridays. On Friday, Sept. 22, teachers who belong to the National Association of Agricultural Educators will join us and share a peek at a day in their lives. They will share their photos and videos on Culver’s Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat.
Meet the ag teachers:
1. Scott Faulkner, North Pole, Alaska
Scott teaches art and agriculture to homeschooled students in sixth through 12th grade and is also the advisor for a local FFA chapter of homeschooled students. After a career in the ag industry, Scott turned to teaching about ag and has been doing so for the past four years. “Teaching agriculture allows me to continue to learn,” Scott said. “But more importantly, I love to see students learn and apply their knowledge in practical situations.” Scott says it’s important for students to learn about agriculture, so that they can understand “the who, what, why and how of our food, fiber and natural resources.” When Scott isn’t teaching, he spends his time drawing, raising service dogs and working on his family’s small hobby farm.
2. Jamie Propson, Mishicot, Wisconsin
Jamie teaches agriscience to seventh through 12th grade students at Mishicot School District. What Jamie has loved most about teaching ag for the past six years is the variety that exists in the curriculum. “I love teaching agriculture because each day is different, and I can constantly see students make connections between our curriculum and their lives,” said Jamie. She believes that it’s important to learn about agriculture because it is the backbone of the country and supports every other industry. Outside of teaching, Jamie is a mom to a young son, who loves helping care for the family’s four goats.
3. Jessie Lumpkins, Nashville, Tennessee
Jessie is an FFA advisor and teaches animal science to 10th through 12th grade students at McGavock High School. Even after teaching for nine years, Jessie is never bored. “I might take a field trip to the zoo on Monday, take students to a competition on Tuesday and have an animal give birth in the barn on Wednesday,” she said. “There is just the right amount of excitement and purpose mixed together.” Jessie gets most excited about teaching labs that allow students to have hands-on experience with the tools that they’ll need in their future careers. As an FFA advisor, she loves facilitating her officer team’s yearly retreat, where they get to know more about each other and plan for the coming year. When she’s not teaching ag, Jessie enjoys traveling, attending concerts and researching her family tree.
4. Lacey Short, Bourbon County, Kentucky
Lacey teaches about agriculture, greenhouses, floral design and landscape design at Bourbon County High School. In addition to the excitement of teaching a variety of classes and students, Lacey loves being an FFA advisor. “Being an FFA advisor is the cherry on top,” she said. “I enjoy seeing students succeed in contest areas and growing as leaders outside the classroom.” Lacey feels that it’s important to teach students about agriculture because they are our country’s future. “We have to get the youth excited about it and fuel their desire to continue in this industry,” she said. Outside of teaching, Lacey spends time with her husband and young son and raises cattle, sheep and goats.
5. Noelle Coronado, Chicago, Illinois
Noelle teaches agricultural finance and economics to juniors and seniors at Chicago High School for the Agricultural Sciences, which is also where she attended high school. She enjoys teaching agriculture because it teaches students real lessons. “The projects that my students are responsible for, such as the operating the school’s farm stand, helps them develop skills, like money management, business ethics and customer service, that they will undoubtedly use for years to come,” said Noelle. When she’s not teaching students the ins and outs of the ag business, Noelle spends time with her husband and son, creatively gardening on their urban Chicago condo’s balcony.
Interested in learning more about Culver’s support of agricultural education and FFA? Check out our Thank You Farmers page.