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Strom Thurmond Career Center Agriculture Teacher Selected for Educator
web posted December 1, 2011
ST LOUIS – Darla Steele,
educator at Strom Thurmond Career Center (STCC) in Johnston, S.C., is
one of 36 individuals nationwide who received the Teachers Turn the Key
Award, given November 19 at the National Association of Agricultural
Educators (NAAE) annual convention in St. Louis.
The Teachers Turn the Key Award program (TTTK) is a scholarship to
allow early career agricultural educators to attend the annual NAAE
convention, giving them an opportunity to become involved with their
professional association on a national level. TTTK participants
take part in special programming geared toward agricultural educators
in the early stages of their careers.
Steele has been part of the two-teacher agriculture program at STCC
since 2009. Johnston S.C. is a small rural community who shares
great partnership with the agriculture program at STCC. There are
eight courses offered to the 160 students enrolled in the
program. Steele uses different teaching methods to reach this
diverse group of students. These include hands-on activities,
lectures, audio, group assignments, research, and projects. This
past year the STCC program received funds from the Natural Resources
and Conservation Services (NRCS) local district to enhance three
outdoor classrooms, a wetlands lab, and wildlife trail.
“Darla has a wonderful rapport with people of all ages, especially
teenagers,” said Willie Green, Director, of Strom Thurmond Career
Each of the TTTK winners received a plaque and a scholarship to cover
convention registration, travel expenses, and housing during the NAAE
convention in St. Louis. RAM Truck Brand sponsors the TTTK program as a
special project of the National FFA Foundation.
NAAE is the professional association for agricultural educators.
The mission of NAAE is “professionals providing agricultural education
for the global community through visionary leadership, advocacy, and
service.” The NAAE office is located in Lexington, Ky.
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