Teachers honored at conference

Submitted report, Alice Echo-News Journal

The Vocational Agriculture Teachers Association of Texas recognized more than 200 deserving teachers and supporters of agricultural science during the Professional Development Conference for Agricultural Science and Technology Teachers of Texas, July 31 to Aug. 3 in Arlington, Texas.

Orange Grove High School Agriculture teachers Gina Hale and Steven Atzenhoffer were two of 12 teachers from across the state of Texas to receive a VATAT Teacher's Newspaper Award.

The honor was presented at an awards ceremony held Wednesday, Aug. 1, at the Sheraton Hotel in Arlington. It is given to commend agricultural science teachers who publicize FFA and agriculture science programs through their local newspaper.

"The VATAT is very proud that since our inception we have always had a very extensive awards program and are very proud of this year's award winners," said Gerald Young, executive director of the VATAT in a press release.

Agricultural science teachers spent the week attending workshops, computer classes and educational tours, as well as visiting booths at the professional exhibit show. Agricultural science teachers attend the annual conference to enhance their current teaching methods and keep up with the latest curriculum developments in agricultural education and technology.

In Texas, there is an estimated 1,610 agricultural science and technology teachers impacting more than 90,000 students enrolled in agricultural education classes at the secondary level. The Vocational Agriculture Teachers Association of Texas is a professional organization for agricultural science teachers and supporters of agricultural education.

The VATAT is an organization dedicated to member services.

The Association informs agriculture teachers about the latest agricultural education practices, encourages higher standards of teaching agriculture and provides agriculture education a unified voice in the state legislature.