Mary Hoffmann, Sleepy Eye Ag. Teacher, attended the National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE) Convention in Atlanta, Ga. Nov. 27 to Dec. 1. Hoffmann is the vice president of the Minnesota Association of Agricultural Educators (MAAE) Organization and was a Minnesota voting delegate at the convention.
While attending the NAAE Convention, Hoffmann was able to attend the National Association of Career and Technical Education (ACTE) Conference and Career Show as well. At this conference, Hoffmann was reminded of the focus of career readiness and hands on learning for students in Agricultural Education classes and the importance of CTE classes for all students.
While at the NAAE Convention, Hoffmann attended several professional development workshops focusing on Learning by Inquiry and how to support the Reading Standards in the Agriculture Classroom. She also attended Region III meetings in which the Minnesota Delegation is a part of.
Hoffmann was also a member of the Professional Development Committee while at the NAAE Convention.
Through her committee work, Hoffmann helped to define NAAE Award Areas as well as contributed in a brainstorming session that focused on the importance of the Supervised Agricultural Experience Project to the Ag. Program.
“After attending a conference such as this, I am always renewed! Ag. teachers are always great resources to each other, and share materials and ideas as much as possible. Being able to network with other Ag. Teachers from across the nation was an awesome experience.” Hoffmann stated.