UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Every year, the National Teach Ag Campaign selects individuals and organizations that diligently serve the agricultural education profession as National Teach Ag Champions.
The campaign, an initiative of the National Association of Agricultural Educators, honors those who have gone above and beyond to recruit and retain high-quality and diverse agriculture teachers, while fostering positive classroom environments. That recognition encourages students from all backgrounds to become involved in agriculture.
Earlier this year, Krista Pontius, who earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in agricultural and extension education from Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, was named one of three 2020 National Teach Ag Champions.
Pontius, who teaches agriculture at Greenwood High School in Millerstown, credited her time at Penn State with laying the groundwork for her success.
“The preparation received at Penn State to become an agriculture teacher is world class,” she said. “The personal network that is created in preparation for one’s future career is second to none, and I am forever grateful for my education at Penn State.”