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Teachers Share FFA and Agricultural Opportunities

INDIANAPOLIS (Wednesday, June 7, 2023/National FFA Organization) – Teachers around the country are sharing the word about agriculture and agricultural education. More than 70 agricultural education teachers are sharing the message of agriculture as part of the National Teacher Ambassadors for FFA program.

The program began in 2016 and provides teachers with the tools to share information about FFA and agricultural education with their communities. Teachers selected for the program receive intensive training in June and July to learn and collaborate on educational resources. Similar to last year, this year’s training will be virtual.

Throughout the year, the ambassadors will present workshops and work with teachers nationwide to brainstorm and share ideas. The ambassadors will also serve as a voice of the organization to teachers. They will, in turn, provide feedback from those in the educational field to the National FFA Organization. Eleven ambassadors have also been selected to serve as mentor ambassadors — providing support to others and feedback to the organization throughout the year.

“Through this program, we equip teachers with the tools they need to be successful in not only developing future leaders but also in telling their stories,” said Sarah Dickinson, senior educational consultant for the program and events division at National FFA. “Our ambassadors play a key role in communications for us. They share information in the field, and they let us know what challenges they face every day.”

Those selected to serve as teacher ambassadors include:

Alabama
Allison Heald
Allison Kincer
Ryan McNaughton
Arkansas
Jacob Marek
California
Jason Ferreira
Carla Parlato-Butler
Florida
Stacy Young
Shelby Ball
Georgia
Nancy Sell
April Davis
Illinois
Cassie Perrin
Indiana
Laura Crosby
Cameron Frazier
Iowa
Melanie Bloom
Kansas
Laura Miller
Kentucky
Brittany Elliott
Jacob Ball
Jourdan Palmeri
Magen Woods
Louisiana
Corey Alleman
Alyssa Stelly
Kalyn Yount
Maryland
Leasa Guddera
Michigan
Jennifer Woods
Victoria Yackle
Mississippi
Catherina Avent
Millie McKinney
Missouri
Tim Davis
New Hampshire
Carrie Hough
New Jersey
Robin McLean
Deanna Miller
New Mexico
Leslie Clark
New York
Tanya Nickerson
North Carolina
Brooke Clapp
Keonte Edmonds
Heather Smith
North Dakota
Bailey Hawbaker
Callahan Anderes Lemar
Ohio
Katie Black
Stephanie Jolliff
Lori Romie
Jeremy Ryan
Oregon
Madison Hynes
Pennsylvania
Melanie Berndtson
Puerto Rico
Kenneth Barbosa
South Carolina
Audrey Cathcart
Libby Templeton
Tennessee
Shana Boteler
Jessica Brown
Kyle Gehring
Jessica Ross
Texas
Leigh Ann Freeman
Cheryl Handy
Ashlee Lawson
Shannon Mulkey
Utah
McKayla Plewe
Virginia
Kaila Anglin
Emily Bucklew
Mackenah Roberts
Melissa Sease
West Virginia
Julie Sions
Allyson Lewis
Wisconsin
Jennifer Russell
Those selected to serve as regionally based mentor ambassadors include:

Alabama
Jeff McKinney
Arizona
Aleah Shook
Idaho
Katie Cooper
Iowa
Bridget Mahoney
Kansas
Kim Clark
Kentucky
Kristan Wright
Montana
James Pierce
New Jersey
Tiffany Morey
Texas
Charlotte Main
Kasey Naylor
Wisconsin
Emma Huber

The National FFA Organization is a school-based national youth leadership development organization of more than 850,000 student members as part of 8,995 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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