National FFA Teacher Ambassador Program

In 2016, the first National Teacher Ambassador for FFA the training took place at the National FFA Center with 24 ambassadors. Now seven years in the making, the ambassador program has 71 teachers and mentors representing 38 states helping other agricultural educators.

Each year, a group of teachers is selected in the spring to serve in the program for 12 months, beginning in June. Ambassadors will answer questions from agricultural educators, provide training and communicate about the educational resources and experiences the National FFA Organization offers.

After being selected, ambassadors attend three intensive days of training where they learn and collaborate on educational resources. Throughout the year, ambassadors brainstorm and share ideas with teachers across the country, giving educational presentations and gathering feedback from attendees.

“Serving as a national teacher ambassador is one of the best parts of my job. I love sharing resources with teachers to help ease the burden of implementing new content in their classrooms. I also love the connections I have been able to make with teachers in my state as well as across the country,” said Emma Huber, National Teacher Ambassador for Wisconsin FFA.

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Last year, 100% of teacher ambassadors said the program improved their ability to develop professionally. Teachers reported gaining more knowledge about resources and how to share them with other teachers while networking.

“I never liked professional development, but this was the best thing I did to make myself a better age teacher. I applied so much of what I learned and I know it made me a better teacher,” said Amy Whitten, Virginia National Teacher Ambassador for FFA.

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