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ACTE Announces Kentucky Agriculture Teacher as National Award Finalist

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
October 11, 2016

Contact: Jarrod Nagurka 
jnagurka@acteonline.org, 703-683-9312 

 


ACTE Announces Kentucky Agriculture Teacher as National Award Finalist

ALEXANDRIA, VA—The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) announces Jacob Ball, an agriculture teacher at Nelson County High School in Bardstown, Kentucky, as the 2016 Region II New Teacher of the Year. This award recognizes CTE teachers with 3-5 years’ experience (at the middle, secondary or postsecondary level) who have made significant contributions toward innovative and unique career and technical education programs and shown a professional commitment early in their careers. 

“Mr. Ball stands out among his peers for a variety of reasons,” says Shelly Hendricks, Principal at Nelson County High School (NCHS) in Bardstown, Kentucky. During his four years as an agriculture teacher at NCHS, Jacob Ball has made numerous investments in professional development, technology, and equipment to improve learning opportunities for his students. At a time when proving the value of CTE programs is crucial, Ball has become dual certified in Agriculture and Biology to offer students the option to take an agribiology course that allows students to receive biology credit within the agriculture program. Ball has also become certified to teach Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE), which is rooted in inquiry-based and science curriculum and has greatly increased the science rigor in his courses. He has applied for and received over $10,000 in various grants to purchase Google Chromebooks for the Agriculture Program,that made his classroom the only full “one to one” technology classroom in the school. While at NCHS, Ball put in extra time serving as an advisor for the Nelson County FFA, leading the chapter to receive a Gold Rating every year at the state level and a National Three Star Chapter Rating in 2014. 

Outside of the classroom, Ball was committed to improving NCHS as a whole. He took an active role in Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) to help improve educational practices and is a leader on the Program Review Committee at NCHS. Ball helped streamlined the intensive, year-long process of gathering evidence across the school for program review by developing a school-wide sharing system through google docs, saving time and simplifying the process for fellow educators.This past summer, Ball took a new position as an agriculture teacher at Locust Trace Agriscience Center (LTAC) in Lexington, KY. At LTAC, he is piloting two middle school agriculture programs and leading the development of a new Food Science Career Pathway. Ball is active in Kentucky Association of Agricultural Educators, Kentucky ACTE, Kentucky Master Agriculture Teacher Seminar, and Kentucky Farm Bureau.  

Ball is one of five finalists for the 2017 national title. The national winner will be announced at the ACTE Awards Banquet, a dinner and award presentation recognizing the best CTE educators in the country. The event will take place on Wednesday evening, November 30, during ACTE’s CareerTech VISION 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Awards Banquet is sponsored by Express Employment Professionals, the US Army, CareerSafe, Certiport, Stratasys, and International Baccalaureate. For more information about the ACTE Excellence Awards, visit our webpage.  

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About ACTE 
The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) is the nation’s largest not-for-profit association committed to the advancement of education that prepares youth and adults for successful careers. ACTE represents the community of CTE professionals, including educators, administrators, researchers, guidance counselors and others at all levels of education. ACTE is committed to excellence in providing advocacy, public awareness and access to resources, professional development and leadership opportunities. 

 

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