September 26, 2021

Teacher ambassadors share info on FFA, ag education

INDIANAPOLIS — This spring has looked a little different this year for teachers across the country. That hasn’t stopped them from doing their jobs and continuing to advocate for their students and the subjects they believe in.

This summer, more than 50 agricultural education teachers are taking their passion for agriculture and sharing their story to local communities and beyond — as part of the National Teacher Ambassadors for FFA program.

The program, which began in 2016, 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 to learn and collaborate on educational resources. This year’s training will be online.

Throughout the year, the ambassadors will present multiple workshops and work with teachers from across the country to brainstorm and share ideas. Through the year, the ambassadors will serve as a voice of the organization to teachers across the country.

They will, in turn, provide feedback from those in the educational field to the National FFA Organization. In addition, four past teacher ambassadors will be serving as mentors and providing support for this year’s teacher ambassadors.

“Our ambassadors play an important role for us — not only by sharing information out in the field, but also by sharing with us the challenges our teachers and advisers face every day,” said Christine White, chief program officer for the National FFA Organization. “Through this program, we hope to equip teachers with the tools they need to be successful in not only developing future leaders but also in telling their stories.”

FFA Teacher Ambassadors

Selected to serve on the FFA Teacher Ambassador program are:

Alabama — Emily Hammett and Jeff McKinney

Arkansas — Jacob Marek

Arizona — Aleah Shook

California — Nicole Borba, Jordana Faria and Jason Ferreira

Connecticut — Pebbles Lacross

Florida — Shelby Ball

Georgia — Pauline Benton and Nancy Sell

Idaho — Samuel Hoffman and Cody Sanders

Illinois — Stephanie Thoms

Indiana — Carlee Dittemore and Shelby Lee

Iowa — Bridget Mahoney

Kansas — Kim Clark and KaCee James

Kentucky — Jacob Ball and Kristan Wright

Maryland — Leasa Gudderra

Michigan — Jennifer Glombowski

Minnesota — Jennifer McCauley

Mississippi — Millie Chism

Missouri — Jackie Carlson, Avery Deevers and Sarah Ray

Montana — J.R. Pierce

New Hampshire — Debora Stevens

Nevada — Tamra Herschbach

New York — Tina Miner-James

North Carolina — Jillian Ford, Amie Mabe and Amber Nead

North Dakota — Breanna Bregel and Nikki Fideldy-Doll

Ohio — Hannah Everetts

Oklahoma — Cody Dawson

Oregon — Abby Chase

Pennsylvania — Melanie Berndtson and Darla Romberger

Puerto Rico — Kenneth Barbosa

South Carolina — Kelsey McLean

Tennessee — Brittany Davi, Hailey Gates and Ryan Inman

Texas — Kasey Naylor, Tyler Price and Lily West

Utah — Kaylee Liddiard

Virginia — Paryce Black

West Virginia — Brianne McCauley

Wisconsin — Sandra Dee Naas and Emma Huber

These individuals have been selected to serve as mentors for the teacher ambassadors:

Idaho — Katie Cooper

Missouri — Josh Bondy

Ohio — Abby Readshaw

Texas — Charlotte Main