Washington Association of Agricultural Educators


December 13, 2012

Dear Washington State Agriculture Teachers,

On behalf of District 5 teachers, I would like to invite you to join us in Spokane Valley for this year’s WAAE Summer Conference, which will be held June 23 -27. We are excited about hosting this year’s conference and are busy arranging an interesting array of professional development opportunities for our members.

We are very fortunate to have a wonderful keynote speaker from the Gonzaga Girl’s Basketball Coaching Staff, Coach Kelly Graves. He will speak about his views of inspiring our next generation of leaders. We are excited to have him kick off this year’s summer conference.

District 5, and the other outlining districts, are banding together to make the 2013 year conference a fun and interesting time. Everyone’s hard work and dedication to our profession is greatly appreciated. Over the five-day conference, WAAE members will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of workshops designed to build knowledge and skills in the classroom and as an FFA advisor. We will also be offering numerous Quick Projects to add new ideas to your classroom lesson plans. In addition, this year’s conference organizers have arranged numerous tours of local agriculture-based industries that will provide a wealth of information.

I would like to encourage you to plan ahead by sending in your registration forms and securing your reservations at the Mirabeau Park Hotel and Conference Center by calling (866)584-4674 or (509)924-9000 at your earliest opportunity. It is important to indicate that you are with the WAAE conference to receive your $95 room rate. Room rates will increase after May 22nd. With our conference schedule this year, be sure to reserve your room until June 27, since we will end our conference with the banquet that evening. WSU once again be offering another workshop prior to the summer conference and it will be held in Pullman. Rod building Class will be offered this year, but only during Wednesday, as a tour option. The cost of the class will be $150. There will be more information sent out on these workshops at a later date. The conference flyer, preliminary agenda, and the registration forms are available on this website for your convenience.

Again, we look forward to having everyone join us in Spokane Valley this summer!

Becky Strite
WAAE President
Colville High School Ag. Instructor

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New member of the WSU Ag Ed Program announced!

Dear WAAE Members and WSU Agricultural Education Students,

It is with great pleasure that we announce Mr. John D. (‘JD’) Baser has been selected to join the Agricultural Education program in the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences, College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences at Washington State University. Mr. Baser is a graduate of the WSU Ag Ed (1994 BS) and Education (2005 MS) programs. He has extensive experience as an Agriculture Educator at Pomeroy and Mount Baker High Schools, as well as administrative experience at Pomeroy and Whitman (Lewiston, ID) schools. Mr. Baser bring a unique background and perspective as a former student and practicing teacher in WA to the WSU Ag Ed program. We are excited about this opportunity and look forward to working with Mr. Baser in his new role as a mentor and trainer of Ag Ed teachers at WSU.

Mr. Baser will officially begin his appointment on August 16, 2011. He will be attending the WAAE conference beginning June 26. When you see him please congratulate and help us welcome JD to the program.


Rich Koenig, Department Chair

Crop and Soil Sciences

Kim Kidwell, Associate Dean
College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences

What We Do

The WAAE seeks to advance agricultural education and promote the professional interests and growth of agriculture teachers as well as recruit and prepare students who have a desire to teach agriculture.

The organization is dedicated to developing professional pride, to nourishing a spirit of unity among classroom teachers and to recognizing members for conducting outstanding programs.

It monitors governmental affairs affecting agricultural education and assists in the development of priorities and strategies to effect federal legislation and appropriations.

Agricultural Educator Creed

I am an agricultural educator by choice and not by chance.

I believe in American agriculture; I dedicate my life to its development and the advancement of its people.

I will strive to set before my students by my deeds and actions the highest standards of citizenship for the community, state and nation.

I will endeavor to develop professionally through study, travel and exploration.

I will not knowingly wrong my fellow teachers. I will defend them as far as honesty will permit.

I will work for the advancement of agricultural education and I will defend it in my community, state and nation.

I realize that I am a part of the public school system. I will work in harmony with school authorities and other teachers of the school.

My love for youth will spur me on to impart something from my life that will help make for each of my students a full and happy future.

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