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Stories Added - August 2009
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Local Teacher Recognized for Commitment to Agricultural Science
Houston County Courier -  August 2009
CROCKETT - Jeff Eichman of Crockett High School was among the more than 200 deserving teachers and supporters of agricultural science recognized by The Agriculture Teachers Association of Texas (VATAT) during the Professional Development Conference for Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources Cluster, held July 27 – 31 in Lubbock,.
VATAT members from across Texas were honored with tenure awards during the conference.
Tenure Awards are given in five-year increments to agricultural science teachers and associate members of the association who have dedicated themselves to teaching and/or supporting agricultural science.
Five, 10 and 15-year VATAT tenure recipients are honored with a commemorative certificate and lapel pin.
Eichman was recognized for his 10 years of service.
“The VATAT is proud to recognize the achievements of our members and the dedication of our supporters,” commented Gerald Young, executive director of the VATAT.
Agricultural science teachers spent the week attending professional development workshops, educational tours and general sessions with motivational speakers.
Agricultural science teachers attend the annual conference to enhance their current teaching methods and keep up with the latest curriculum developments in agricultural education and technology.
Teachers who attended the VATAT Professional Development Conference earned Continuing Professional Education (CPE) hours towards their teaching certificate.
Teachers in Texas are required to earn 150 CPE clock hours every five years in order to keep their teaching certificate current.
There are more than 1,600 agricultural science and technology teachers in Texas impacting more than 100,000 students enrolled in agricultural education classes at the secondary level.
The Vocational Agriculture Teachers Association of Texas is a professional organization for agricultural science teachers and supporters of agricultural education.
The VATAT is an organization dedicated to member services.
The Association informs agriculture teachers about the latest agricultural education practices, encourages higher standards of teaching agriculture and provides agriculture education a unified voice in the state legislature.
For more information about the VATAT visit www.vatat.org.




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