Local Agricultural Teacher honored as finalist for Ag Educator of the Year

Local Agricultural Teacher honored as finalist for Ag Educator of the YearDavid Steinfelt, agricultural teacher at Athens High School, was recently recognized as a finalist in Nationwide's Golden Owl Awards during a surprise school assembly. Pictured in the photo, from left, are Killiann George, PA FFA state treasurer; Mike Brammer, PA FFA state director; Craig Stage, Athens Area School District superintendent; Corey Mosher, Athens Area High School principal; David Steinfelt, award recipient – Agriculture Education teacher / FFA advisor; Sean Beirne, Nationwide representative; Sam Keiffer, PA Farm Bureau; and Timber Thebes, PA FFA state president. Provided photo.

David Steinfelt, an agricultural teacher at Athens High School in Athens, is one of four finalists in Pennsylvania for Ag Educator of the Year through Nationwide’s Golden Owl Award. This award recognizes the tremendous contributions of agricultural teachers in California, Illinois, Iowa, Ohio and Pennsylvania in preparing the next generation of young people for successful careers in agriculture.

Nominations for Steinfelt described his dedication to his students and the community, serving as a volunteer fire fighter outside of the classroom. He communicates career readiness in his courses while making learning fun by involving his students in FFA. Steinfelt has grown the agriculture program at Athens High School into the largest school organization, with one-third of the study body involved.

Across the five states, 32 finalists will be presented with a $500 cash prize and entered into a final selection stage for the chance to be selected as their state’s Ag Educator of the Year. In spring 2020, one finalist from each state will be chosen as the grand-prize winner and will receive the designation of Ag Educator of the Year, a $3,000 Nationwide-funded cash award designed to support continued education efforts, and the coveted Golden Owl Award trophy.

“Farming is in our roots at Nationwide and we’re proud to recognize teachers for their dedication to educating the next generation of agricultural leaders,” said Brad Liggett, president of Agribusiness at Nationwide. “These talented individuals have a tremendous impact on the students and communities they serve. The nominations highlight the passion and inspiration they impart on their students, fellow teachers and community members.”

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