Two local students have signed letters of intent to become agriculture teachers at a Teach Ag Signing Day event at the Kentucky FFA State Convention in June.
According to a release former Caldwell County High School students Madison Crider, of Dawson Springs, and Madison Mason, of Princeton, signed letters of intent to become teachers with their respective universities. The release states that Crider plans to attend the Murray State University while Mason plans to attend Hopkinsville Community College this fall.
Crider stated that she wished to pursue a career in agriculture education to teach others the importance of agriculture. Mason added that she has always enjoyed learning from her teachers and her hope is to teach those who were not as fortunate as she was with having great advisors.
The release indicates that agricultural educators teach students a wide variety of skills such as science, math, communications, leadership, management and technology, and uses a three-circle model of instruction, which includes classroom and laboratory instruction, leadership development, and experiential learning. The successful integration of each of these three components results in a strong program that produces well rounded individuals who are prepared to be leaders in agriculture, business, and industry.
The Teach Ag Signing Day event was a component of the National Teach Ag Campaign, an initiative of the National Council for Agricultural Education, led by the National Association of Agricultural Educators. The National Teach Ag Campaign raises awareness of the need to recruit and retain quality and diverse agriculture teachers, encourages others to consider a career in teaching agriculture, and celebrates the positive contributions that agriculture teachers make in their schools and communities. For more information about the National Teach Ag Campaign, you can visit www.naae.org/teachag.