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Mary Hoffmann, Sleepy Eye Ag. Teacher, attended the Minnesota Association of Agricultural Educators (MAAE) Conference July 9-12, 2012. This four day professional development conference was attended by 183 Agricultural Instructors from across the state of Minnesota and included teachers at the high school, post-secondary, and farm business management levels.
While at the conference, Hoffmann attended several professional development workshops including: Agriculture Education Tracker (AET- a new record keeping system that has been made available to all Ag. Programs in the State of Minnesota for 2012-13), Careers Information Systems, and Nursery Landscape.
Hoffmann finished her term as the Region VI Director of MAAE and was recognized at the conference for her year of service and dedication to the MAAE. Throughout the year she held the Region MAAE Meetings and was the Region’s voice to the State Leadership Team. She also is the Committee Chair of the State SAE (Supervised Agricultural Experience) Committee, which held one of its meetings during the conference.
At this year’s 2012 MAAE Conference, Hoffmann was elected to serve as the MAAE Vice President. As MAAE Vice President, some of Hoffmann’s duties will include: being an officer on the State Leadership Team, being the liaison between the MAAE and all committees (Supervised Agricultural Experience, Career Development Events, and Farm Business Management), serving as the MAAE representative on the Minnesota Association of Career & Technical Education and FFA Alumni Boards, and attending the National Ag. Teacher Conference.
Hoffmann states, “It is a privilege to be selected to the State MAAE Leadership Board. One should give back to an organization that gives so much to Agricultural Education. The profession of Agricultural Education is facing one huge challenge – a shortage of Ag. Education instructors! It is my hope to come up with ways to keep more ag. teachers in the profession as well as a plan for recruiting more students to choose Ag. Education as a future career.”THIS POST COURTESY: Sleepy Eye Chamber of Commerce, Edward Jones, Stark Farmers Insurance, Dairy Queen, Borth Memorials, Spaeth Ford, Sleepy Eye Medical Center, Riverside Interiors, Sleepy Eye Curves, Randy’s Electric, First Security Agency, Seams to Fit & Tuxes 2, Sturm Funeral Home, Goettig and Ruddy Accounting, Miller Sellner, Cenex/River Region, Culligan, Arneson’s Distributing, Sleepy Eye Off-Sale, Sleepy Eye Chiropractic, Pisoma Kitchen, Southpoint Federal Credit Union, Lisa Ann’s Healing Hands, American Family Insurance, NAPA Auto Part, Sids Signs on Broadway - www.sleepyeyeonline.com