Claflin Attends Professional Development Conference

Kellie Claflin, agriculture teacher at Gillett Secondary School, attended the 95th annual Wisconsin Association of Agricultural Educators (WAAE) Professional Development Conference, June 25-28, 2012 in Green Bay. The theme of the conference was “Agricultural Education – Our Privilege, Our Passion, Our Purpose, Our Responsibility.”

The conference brings over 275 agricultural educators from both the secondary and post-secondary levels together to network with colleagues, individuals from business and industry and gain tools to assist them in strengthening local agriculture programs.

“Secondary and post-secondary agricultural education programs are vital components to development of a quality workforce for the industry that will provide food, fiber and fuel for the world”, said David Kruse, WAAE President.  “Our conference is a great opportunity for the members to network with other teachers as well as business and industry to get ideas to bring back to their programs.”

Claflin was recognized at the conference for completing her first year of teaching.

Claflin attended workshops on a statewide leadership certificate, vegetable production, turfgrass management at Lambeau Field and updating forestry curriculum. She served on the statewide public relations committee and was nominated by Section 8 for the Teachers Turn the Key scholarship.

WAAE is the professional association for agricultural educators in Wisconsin.  Members include 295 middle school, high school, technical college and university educators. The focus of the association is to provide professional development, legislative support, and educational resources for teachers to enhance their local agriculture education programs.

For more information about your local agriculture education program and to find out how you can support agriculture in your community please contact your local agriculture education instructor or call WAAE at 262-224-7553.

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