Mary Hoffmann, Sleepy Eye Ag. teacher, attended the Minnesota Association of Agricultural Educators (MAAE) Ag. Technology Conference in St. Cloud Jan. 17-18.
This two-day conference included attending professional development workshops and several state committee meetings. Hoffmann is the chair of the SAE (Supervised Agricultural Experience) Committee, as well as President Elect of MAAE.
While at the conference, Hoffmann was presented with a plaque for being nominated the Region VI Outstanding Ag. Education Teacher for 2014. This is a great honor because Hoffmann was nominated by her fellow Region VI instructors for this award. Now it is up to Hoffmann to complete the National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE) Award Form in order to compete for the Minnesota State Winning Ag. Ed. Program. The Outstanding Agricultural Education Teacher Award distinguishes NAAE members who are at the pinnacle of their profession—those who are conducting the highest quality agricultural education programs. The award recognizes leadership in civic, community, agriculture/agribusiness and professional activities. Outstanding agricultural educators are innovators and catalysts for student success in agricultural education.
Hoffmann was also named the state winner for the Ideas Unlimited Contest. Hoffmann entered the Sleepy Eye Member of the Month, Summer All-Star, and Teach Ag. Programs under the Program Promotions Category. Next, Hoffmann will compete at the Region III NAAE Conference which will be held in Madison, WI in June.
Hoffmann continues to serve MAAE as President Elect. This has allowed her to get involved with the organization on a different level. At the end of January, Hoffmann will be attending the National Ag. Ed. Summit in Indianapolis, representing the Ag. Teachers of Minnesota. In July, she will be installed as President of the Minnesota Association of Agricultural Educators.
Kelsey Brandt, Ag. teacher and assistant Sleepy Eye FFA Advisor, also attended the Ag. Tech. Conference as an Ag. educator and member of the Teacher Induction Program (TIP). Brandt is continuing her professional development and involvement in the TIP program through attendance at this and other conferences, meetings and events throughout her first year of teaching.