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October 12, 2018
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(TRENTON) – New Jersey Department of Agriculture education leader Nancy Trivette was one of four National Teach Ag Champions honored recently by the National Association for Agricultural Educators as part of the Ninth Annual National Teach Ag Day. Trivette has been a part of the NJDA’s Ag Education program for 23 years and currently is the leader of the state program for Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Education and is the State FFA Advisor.
“Nancy’s passion and dedication for Ag Education has benefitted countless students and FFA members in New Jersey and nationally over the years,” NJDA Secretary Douglas Fisher said. “Her selfless approach has positively influenced those she regularly interacts with. Nancy is very deserving to be honored as a National Teach Ag Champion.”
Every year the National Teach Ag Campaign selects individuals and organizations who have contributed in significant ways to the Teach Ag mission of ensuring a quality and diverse supply of agriculture teachers. Trivette was on hand at the National Teach Ag Ceremonies that took place at the Corteva Agriscience Agriculture Division of DowDuPont headquarters in Johnston, Iowa.
She was selected as a Teach Ag Champion because of her instrumental role in planning and implementing Teach Ag promotional activities in New Jersey. Trivette is a mentor to numerous current and future agriculture teachers in New Jersey and promotes the agricultural education profession as a wonderful career choice at every opportunity. She also serves as a member of the National Teach Ag Advisory Board and as the New Jersey State Teach Ag Results (STAR) state contact.
“It’s extremely humbling to be selected for this honor and I thank all of the leaders, staff and students who have supported me throughout my career,” Trivette said. “I owe all of my success to those who have worked with me and continue to inspire me.”
Trivette has been working in Ag Education and has been the State FFA Advisor since 1983, first with Rutgers University, then at the New Jersey Department of Education and with the NJDA since 1995. She is currently president-elect of the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) and has been the President of the National Council for Agricultural Education, the President of the National Association Supervisors of Agricultural Education, the ACTE Region I Vice President and is currently the National FFA Treasurer.
Under Trivette’s leadership, New Jersey currently has more than 2,500 FFA members who engage in personal, career and leadership development activities that challenge them to excel as they develop agricultural skills and competencies for the future. She has also been a leader in assisting schools to develop CASE, the Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education. CASE is an instructional system that provides intense teacher professional development and curriculum that is changing the culture of agriculture programs. Learn more about FFA, CASE and New Jersey Agriculture Education at http://www.jerseyageducation.nj.gov.
National Teach Ag Day is designed to encourage others to teach school-based agriculture and recognize the important role that agriculture teachers play in our schools and communities. Currently, there is a national shortage of agriculture teachers in the United States, and National Teach Ag Day is part of a campaign to raise awareness of the career. For more about National Teach Ag Day and the National Teach Ag campaign, visit www.naae.org/teachag.
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