The National Teach Ag Day webcast took place on Thursday, September 16 and featured special appearances by leaders in agricultural education, current and future agriculture teachers, with a variety of features and engaging discussion throughout the day to celebrate the positive and vast impact agriculture teachers make in and out of their classrooms and encourage others to consider a career teaching agriculture.
Students from Simms High School celebrated Teach Ag Day by watching the National Broadcast, learning about what it takes to be a teacher, playing “Are You Smarter Than Your Ag Teacher”, and more. Students were identified by the current Ag Teacher, Jodi Koterba as potential future Ag Teachers. The identified students were given Teach Ag swag and encouraged to research teaching as a career. The students who were”Tagged to Teach Ag” have exhibited characteristics of leadership in the classroom. They are helpful to other students and capable of breaking tasks down for other kids. The 2021 “Tagged” Simms High School students were: Alexis Baranko, Kaleb Bean, Morgan Feist, Baylee Herman, Brooklyn Kirby, Alexis Morris, and Colby South.
“I LOVE my job” said ag teacher Jodi Koterba. “Every day, every hour, is a new adventure. I have known since I was in kindergarten I wanted to be a teacher. Over time, I have considered teaching theater, English, chemistry, and finally I realized by teaching Ag, I can do them all.
As an Ag Teacher I get to teach all kinds of academic subjects in the context of real world application. I also LOVE the field of Agriculture, I mean really, who doesn’t love to eat! It concerns me that we have a national teacher shortage in all areas but especially in Agriculture. Career and Technical Education is important because there are a lot of careers that don’t require a four year college degree but keep our communities functioning. Less than 2% of the US population is production farmers but over 40% of the population is employed in an agriculture support industry.”
National Teach Ag Day is a nationwide celebration that encourages others to consider a career teaching agriculture, while recognizing the contributions that over 13,000 agriculture teachers make in our schools and communities. Agriculture teachers cultivate the next generation of leaders, problem solvers, entrepreneurs and agriculturalists who will fill the agriculture industry pipeline.
“The success of more than 1 million students annually is made possible by agriculture teachers,” said Ellen Thompson Poeschl, National Association of Agricultural Educators, National Teach Ag Campaign Project Director, “Great leaders start with great teachers and our agriculture teachers have been cultivating the next generation of leaders since 1917, and there’s always room for more. That’s what National Teach Ag Day is all about.”
In addition to viewing the webcast and social media spotlights, the National Teach Ag Campaign would like to invite everyone to celebrate and recognize all of the achievements of agriculture teachers across the nation and share it on social media using the hashtag #Tagged21.