Two area ag instructors feted for achievements

Gillespie presents the Community Service Award to Sonya Roberts, Hillsboro High School agriculture instructor, during the KAAE annual symposium in Lawrence Jan. 27.
Gillespie presents the Community Service Award to Sonya Roberts, Hillsboro High School agriculture instructor, during the KAAE annual symposium in Lawrence Jan. 27.
Two agriculture teachers from Marion County received achievement awards during the Kansas Association of Agricultural Educators Jan. 27 during the organization’s annual symposium in Lawrence, Jan. 27.

◼ Mark Meyer, agriculture teacher at Marion High School, was named the “Agriscience Teacher of the Year” and the “K-ACTE Teacher of the Year” during the Kansas Association of Agricultural Educators annual symposium in Lawrence, Jan. 27.

“Mark has become proficient at organizing activities for classes,” said Tod Gor­don, Marion High School principal. “He has provided activity-based curriculum that engages students and allows them to facilitate their own learning.”

He has been trained in the CASE curriculum which is more inquiry-based and allows students to organize knowledge and data into useful information, Gordon added.

“Admiration for Mark’s quiet, encouraging and supportive teaching style comes easily, but my appreciation for the way he cultivates confidence and pride in each and every one of his students for their unique talents and abilities has caught my attention in recent years,” Gordon said.

Kimberly Harms, of Harms Plainview Ranch, said, “Many students who come through his program have no idea what they will do post-graduation. Mark makes the extra effort to help these students develop skills they can develop into careers.”

Agriculture programs prepare students for high-demand careers in cutting edge industries like biotechnology, renewable energies, engineering, food production, and more. They also teach students how to be leaders and prepare them to take on the challenges of the next generation.

◼ Sonya Roberts, agriculture teacher at Hillsboro High School, received the Community Service Award from the Kansas Associa­tion of Agricultural Educa­tors.

“The current mission of the Hillsboro FFA chapter is to give back to the Hillsboro community,” Roberts said. “The past years, I feel like our members have challenged themselves to assist with programs in our area.”

Chapter activities included donating school bags with supplies and shoes to Main Street Ministries, providing food baskets for less fortunate families at Thanksgiving, holding a Red Cross Blood Drive, shopping for Christmas Angels and the Silver Angel Tree, collecting jeans for a homeless shelter, sponsoring the school’s recycling program and working in a soup kitchen in Kansas City.

Agriculture programs prepare students for high-demand careers in cutting edge industries like biotechnology, renewable energies, engineering, food production, and more. They also teach students how to be leaders and prepare them to take on the challenges of the next generation.

 Jeff Gillespie, president of the Kansas Association of Agricultural Educators, presents the “K-ACTE Teacher of the Year Award” to Mark Meyer, Marion High School ag teachers
Jeff Gillespie, president of the Kansas Association of Agricultural Educators, presents the “K-ACTE Teacher of the Year Award” to Mark Meyer, Marion High School ag teachers