Mary Hoffmann, agriculture teacher at Sleepy Eye High School attended the 70th annual convention of the National Association of Agricultural Educators, Nov. 27 to Dec. 1 in San Antonio, Tex.

Mary Hoffmann, agriculture teacher at Sleepy Eye High School attended the 70th annual convention of the National Association of Agricultural Educators, Nov. 27 to Dec. 1 in San Antonio, Tex.

At the NAAE Convention, Hoffmann joined more than 750 agricultural educators in determining the direction of the national association for the upcoming year. Attendees participated in committee meetings and general sessions to learn about the current state of agricultural education.

Hoffmann also participated in continuing education workshops developed by peers and agricultural education leaders that brought attendees up-to-date on current teaching practices and innovations in agricultural education. While in attendance, Hoffmann was able to attend the National Association of Career and Technical Education (ACTE) Conference as well.

Hoffmann just finished her first year of service as the Region III NAAE Vice President. While at the conference in San Antonio, Hoffmann attended the Ag. Ed. Summit, board meetings, awards lunches and dinners, committee meetings, and ran the Region III meetings.

For Hoffmann’s position on the NAAE Board, that she will serve for two more years, she will represent all of the Region III Ag teachers in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, South Dakota, North Dakota, and Nebraska. She is also the board consultant for the Policy & Bylaws Committee, will run the Region III Conference meetings, and attend NAAE Board meetings and functions. There are six regions in the NAAE, each being made of up states grouped by geographic area.

“It is an honor to continue to lead and represent Region III Ag teachers in the NAAE Organization. This organization is essential to Ag teachers and I am looking forward to my years of service as Vice President. The profession of Agricultural Education is facing several challenges including a shortage of Ag. Teachers and burnout,” said Hoffmann. “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.”

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