Mary Hoffmann, Sleepy Eye Ag. teacher, attended the Minnesota Association of Agricultural Educators (MAAE) conference July 8-11.
Mary Hoffmann, Sleepy Eye Ag. teacher, attended the Minnesota Association of Agricultural Educators (MAAE) conference July 8-11. This four day professional development conference was attended by 172 agricultural instructors from across the state of Minnesota and included teachers at the high school, post-secondary, and farm business management levels.
While at the conference, Hoffmann attended professional development workshops including programs and lessons from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR), as well as received updates from the Ag. Experience Tracker, Minnesota Pork Board, Minnesota DNR, and others.
Hoffmann was recognized at the conference for her year of service and dedication to the MAAE for serving as vice president of MAAE for the past year. Throughout the year, she was an officer on the State Leadership Team, was the liaison between the MAAE and all committees, served as the MAAE representative on the Minnesota Association of Career & Technical Education and FFA Alumni Boards, and attended the National Ag. Teacher Conference.
Hoffmann also served as the Committee Chair of the State SAE (Supervised Agricultural Experience) committee, which held one of its meetings during the conference.
At this year’s conference, Hoffmann was elected to serve as the MAAE President Elect. As MAAE President Elect, some of Hoffmann’s duties will include being an officer on the state leadership team, serving as the MAAE representative on the Minnesota Agricultural Education Leadership Council (MAELC), taking care of the MAAE board logistics for the National Association of Ag. Educators (NAAE) Conference, and attending the NAAE Conference this fall.
“It is a privilege to serve on the State MAAE Leadership Board. It is important to give back to an organization that provides so much to Agricultural Education,” Hoffmann said. “The profession of Agricultural Education is facing one huge challenge –a shortage of Ag. Education instructors. It is my hope to come up with ways to keep more ag. teachers in the profession, as well as a plan for recruiting more students to choose Ag. Education as a future career.”