Agri­cul­ture teach­ers from across the State at­tend GVATA con­fer­ence

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Beth Galloway, Ca­t­rina Pol­lard, Mar­cus Pol­lard and Melissa Sny­der, agri­cul­tural ed­u­ca­tors in New­ton County Schools in Cov­ing­ton, Ge­or­gia, are four of the 405 teach­ers from across the state who at­tended the an­nual Ge­or­gia Vo­ca­tional Agri­cul­tural Teach­ers As­so­ci­a­tion (GVATA) Sum­mer Lead­er­ship Con­fer­ence held July 6-9, 2014 in Jekyll Is­land, Ge­or­gia.

Dur­ing the GVATA Sum­mer Lead­er­ship Con­fer­ence ed­u­ca­tors con­duct an an­nual busi­ness meet­ing, par­tic­i­pate in pro­fes­sional learn­ing break­out ses­sions, award mem­bers for out­stand­ing ser­vice and elect new rep­re­sen­ta­tives to serve on the GVATA Ex­ec­u­tive Board. This meet­ing also al­lows ed­u­ca­tors the op­por­tu­nity to com­mu­ni­cate and col­lab­o­rate with other agri­cul­ture teach­ers from across the state.

Many spe­cial guests at­tended this year’s an­nual meet­ing in­clud­ing State School Su­per­in­ten­dent Dr. John Barge, who ad­dressed the agri­cul­tural ed­u­ca­tors dur­ing the open­ing ses­sion. Other key­note speak­ers in­cluded three of the four cur­rent State School Su­per­in­ten­dant can­di­dates for the 2014 elec­tion: Dr. Mike Buck, Mr. Richard Woods and Rep. Alisha Mor­gan.

GVATA mem­bers rec­og­nized for their out­stand­ing achieve­ment in agri­cul­tural ed­u­ca­tion were: Out­stand­ing Young Mem­ber, Clay Walker of Vet­er­ans High School; Out­stand­ing Teacher, Richard Gill of Brant­ley County High School; Out­stand­ing Agri­cul­tural Ed­u­ca­tion Pro­gram, Madi­son County High School; Out­stand­ing Adult Ed­u­ca­tion Pro­gram, Gor­don County Young Farm­ers, Ad­vi­sor Tr­ish Wil­liams; Ideas Un­lim­ited, Chansi Cole­man of Ea­gles Land­ing High School; Life­time Achieve­ment, Mr. Gary Min­yard of Franklin County; Teach­ers Turn the Key, Micheal Lee Barnes of Lowndes High School and Josh White of Madi­son County High School.

New mem­bers elected to serve on the GVATA Ex­ec­u­tive Board were: Area 1 Di­rec­tor, Lauren Jar­rett of Sum­merville Mid­dle School; Area 4 Di­rec­tor, Han­nah King of Effingham County High School; Area 6 Di­rec­tor, Michael Kirk­land of Wayne County High School; and Brittany Bear­den of Hahira Mid­dle School to serve as Pres­i­dent-Elect.

GVATA is the pro­fes­sional as­so­ci­a­tion for agri­cul­tural ed­u­ca­tors in Ge­or­gia and is an af­fil­i­ate of the Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Agri­cul­tural Ed­u­ca­tors (NAAE). The mis­sion of NAAE is to “pro­vide agri­cul­tural ed­u­ca­tion for the global com­mu­nity through vi­sion­ary lead­er­ship, ad­vo­cacy, and ser­vice.” It is the aim of GVATA mem­bers to carry out this mis­sion in Ge­or­gia.

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