Hoffmann will represent all Region III Ag teachers in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, South Dakota, North Dakota and Nebraska on the National Association of Ag Educators board.

Mary Hoffmann, Agriculture instructor at Sleepy Eye High School, attended the National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE) Conference, Dec. 6 to 9 in Nashville, Tenn. This four-day professional development conference was attended by Agricultural instructors from across the nation. While there, Hoffmann was able to attend the National Association of Career and Technical Education (ACTE) Conference as well.

Hoffmann served as the Region III NAAE Secretary this past year. While at the conference in Nashville, Hoffmann attended board meetings, awards lunches and dinners and committee meetings, and assisting in running the Region III meetings. Hoffmann also attended many professional development workshops and assisted with general sessions.

At the conference, Hoffmann was elected to the position of Region III Vice President. In this position on the NAAE Board, Hoffmann will represent all Region III Ag teachers in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, South Dakota, North Dakota and Nebraska. She will also be the board consultant for the Policy & Bylaws Committee, run the Region III Conference meetings, and attend NAAE Board meetings and functions. There are six regions in the NAAE, each being made up of states grouped by geographic area.

“It is an honor to be chosen to lead and represent Region III Ag teachers in the NAAE organization,” said Hoffmann. “This organization is essential to Ag teachers and I am looking forward to my three years of service as Vice President. The profession of Agricultural Education is facing several challenges, including a shortage of Ag teachers and teacher burnout. It is my hope to come up with ways to improve teacher retention, as well as a plan for recruiting more students to choose Ag. Education as a future career.”

“It is an excellent opportunity to attend a national conference and learn from others in the same profession. It’s great to expand my network of Ag connections and resources to teachers across the nation,” added Hoffmann. “I come back from a conference like this refreshed and with new ideas to implement into my classroom!”