The 75th annual meeting of the Wisconsin Association of Agriculture Educators (WAAE) “Twenty Year Club” will be held on June 27 at the Hyatt on Main, in Green Bay.
The noon luncheon will be held in conjunction with the WAAE Professional Development Conference.
“High school and technical college agriculture teachers who have dedicated at least 20 years to the profession will gather to reminisce, renew old friendships and inspire young teachers,” explains David Laatsch, president of the group.
WAAE, formerly the Wisconsin Association Vocational Agriculture Instructors (WAVAI) was organized in 1917 as the professional organization for agriculture educators in the state. The mid-summer conference, held in Madison until 2011, provides workshops and programs to improve teaching strategies and agricultural skills.
In 1937, teachers who had taught two decades were recognized and organized their own club within the organization. Retired and active members have been meeting ever since.
Four teachers have reached the 20-year tenure mark this year and will be recognized. The new members include Brad Markhardt, Black River Falls High School; Steve Stomberg, Shawano High School; Rob Selzler, Slinger High School and Kim Pruss, Ripon High School.
“This unique group bridges many generations of teaching experience. Teachers who retired from education in the 1970s provide insight into methods, objectives and practices that are very different from those who are teaching today,” Laatsch noted.“The camaraderie that is displayed by agriculture teachers is a characteristic of the dedication and commitment that is necessary to be successful.”
Laatsch, who retired from teaching at Beaver Dam High School is pleased to have his former student, Brad Markhardt, Wisconsin’s 2011-12 Teacher of the Year, inducted into the group this year.
Anyone who has taught agriculture for more than twenty years is invited to attend. Spouses are also invited. For more information, contact Laatsch at 920-386-3790 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Reservations may be made by contacting Bridgette Neu, WAAE Executive Secretary at 262-224-7553 or at bridgett@WAAE.com.