2017 Award Winners
NORCO Inspirational Award: Kyle Stapleton
Outstanding Teacher: Pat Dixon
Outstanding Young Member: Tyler Johnson
Outstanding Program: Nampa High School
Outstanding Cooperation: Culver's Twin Falls
Outstanding Service Citation: Dr. Jim Connors
Teacher Turn the Key: Julie Smith
Lifetime Achievement: None
NORCO Inspirational Award
To recognize who the IATA members deams as an inspirational teachers.
Application Process: The recipient is determined by ballot on the first IATA meeting of summer in-service/conference and the winner of that vote will be presented at the following years Summer in-service/conference.
This award recognizes those IATA members who are at the top 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. One IATA member will be selected at the state level and will be submitted to compete at the regional level. Individuals may receive the regional award award only once.
Outstanding Young Member
As a means of encouraging young teachers to remain in the profession and to encourage and recognize participation in professional activities. IATA members who have completed at least 3 but not more than 5 years of teaching are eligible to apply for this award. One IATA member will be selected at the state level and will be submitted to compete at the regional level. Individuals may receive the regional award only once.
Outstanding Middle/Secondary Program
Agricultural education programs in middle schools and secondary schools are eligible to participate in the program. Previous regional winners may reapply for this award every five years if they choose.
Agriscience Teacher of the Year
The Agriscience Teacher of the Year award recognizes teachers who have inspired and enlightened their students through engaging and interactive lessons in the science of agriculture.
NAAE Teacher Mentor Award
Many state agricultural education associations have recognized the importance of positive relationships between beginning and experienced teachers by creating formal organizational structures to connect beginning and experienced teachers. This award program will provide additional incentives for experienced teachers to become mentors for beginning teachers, and it will provide beginning teachers a way to say thank you to the experienced teachers who have influenced them.
NAAE Teachers Turn the Key
Agricultural education is continually faced with a shortage of qualified teachers. Unless those who have been trained enter and remain in the profession for a period of several years, the shortage of qualified teachers will prevail. As a means of encouraging young teachers to remain in the profession and to encourage and recognize participation in professional activities, NAAE offers the Teachers Turn the Key Scholarship. Teachers in their second, third, or fourth year of teacher are eligible to apply for the Teachers Turn the Key Scholarship. Each state is allowed to forward two applications to the National level. Scholarships will fund the winner's trip to NAAE Convention and each recipient must agree to attend the whole Convention.
Application Process: Fill out the IATA Award Application and turn in to the IATA President: it must be postmarked by April 1st or handed in at SLC. The IATA Executive Board will select an IATA winner and the applicant will be notified to fill out the NAAE application by May 15th.
NAAE Outstanding Cooperation
Recognizes organizations, agribusiness companies, and others who have given outstanding support to agricultural education.
NAAE Outstanding Service Citation
Recognizes current and retired NAAE members who have made significant contributions to the agricultural education at the state, regional, and national levels.
Application Process: Fill out the NAAE application and turn in to the IVATA President, it must be postmakred by april 1st or handed in at SLC. The IVATA executive board will select a winner and forward on to NAAE by May.
This award is designed to give NAAE members an opportunity to exchange teaching ideas. The idea may be original or borrowed. Each application should specify how the idea was used by the applicant and how the idea could help others in their teaching. All active NAAE members, who are teaching agricultural education are eligible to enter this competition. The member must be an NAAE member for three years prior to applying.
Application Process: Fill out the NAAE application and turn the application in to the IVATA Awards committee at Summer In-Service. The winner will be forwarded on to Region I in the spring and the Region I winner will be forwarded to the NAAE Convention the following November.