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Ashley Wehner, agriscience teacher at Switzerland County High School, has successfully completed the 17th annual National Agriscience Teach Ambassador Academy. Wehner joins the other 407 outstanding agriscience teachers from across the country who have earned that title.
The National Agriscience Teacher Ambassador Academy is a professional development institute sponsored by Corteva AgriScience and managed by the National Association of Agricultural Educators. The process and selection to becoming an agriscience ambassador is rigorous, with a limited number of openings each year to complete the process. Those selected become ambassador candidates, who attend the academy in Tulsa to learn about inquiry-based teaching methods as well as how to draw out the science that is already present in many agriculture topics. Those who successfully complete the academy will be designated as National Agriscience Teacher Ambassadors.
The academy’s hands-on approach is designed to energize teachers and make them comfortable enriching their classes when they return home. By emphasizing science, NATAA helps teachers create learning environments that prepare students for STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) careers, a field that is currently in high demand.
The National Association of Agricultural Educators was founded as the National Vocational Agricultural Teachers’ Association in 1948. Today, the NAAE has grown to become a federation of state agricultural educator associations, providing service to more than 8,000 members nationwide in advocacy for agricultural education as well as professional development for and recruitment and retention of agricultural educators.