Emille Kuhn at Purdue University has been named one of 12 Teach Ag ambassadors for the 2012-2013 academic year. The National Teach Ag Campaign is an initiative of the National Council for Agricultural Education led by the National Association of Agricultural Educators. It is funded by the CHS Foundation and Landmark Nurseries as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.
It is designed to raise an awareness of the career opportunities in agricultural education, encourage others to consider a career as an agriculture teacher and celebrate the positive contributions that agriculture teachers make in their school and communities.
Twelve future agriculture teachers, including Kuhn, will spend the next year promoting the agricultural education profession as part of the National Teach Ag Campaign ambassador program. The students were selected from a nationwide pool of applicants. The main task of the Teach Ag Ambassadors will be running the Teach Ag booth at the 2012 National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Oct. 24-26. In addition the Teach Ag Ambassadors will be preparing and presenting agriculture lessons to middle school students while they are in Indianapolis for the convention.
The ambassadors program is a component of the National Teach Ag Campaign, an initiative designed to raise an awareness of the need for more agriculture teachers. The Teach Ag ambassador program allows future agriculture teachers the opportunity to share their passion for agriculture, build their professional network, and develop valuable communication and leadership skills.
"The Teach Ag ambassadors are the best and the brightest of the next generation of agriculture teachers," said Ellen Thompson, National Teach Ag Campaign Coordinator. "Their enthusiasm and dedication for agricultural education is infectious. This experience will be a great foundation for their career as an agriculture teacher."
The Teach Ag ambassadors will be given promotional materials to take back to their college campuses and communities to spread the Teach Ag message even further. Their connection to local schools and groups is important to ensuring an adequate supply of quality agriculture teachers across the country.
"There is a critical shortage across the US right now for quality, certified agriculture teachers," said Thompson. "The ambassador program creates a grass roots network that helps us spread our message much more effectively than we ever could alone."
For more information about the National Teach Ag Campaign, visit http://www.naae.org/teachag.