FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 25, 2017
Contact: Jarrod Nagurka
ACTE Announces Missouri Agricultural Educator and FFA Advisor as National Award Finalist
ALEXANDRIA, VA—Today, the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) announced Tiffany Kauffman, Agricultural Educator and FFA Advisor of Seymour R-II School in Seymour, Missouri, as the recipient of the 2017 ACTE Region III Carl Perkins Community Service Award. This award recognizes individuals who have used CTE to make a significant impact on their community and demonstrated leadership in programs and activities that promote student involvement in community service.
Over the last 15 years, Tiffany Kauffman has brought her passion for agricultural advocacy and community service to four schools across different counties in Missouri. At each of these schools, she launched a myriad of service projects such as: adopt-a-family programs, trash pick-up along highways, food pantry volunteering, canned food drives, recycling programs, pulling weeds for the elderly, cleaning the town museum, and Friends Against Hunger food-packing sessions. Currently, Kauffman teaches agricultural education and advises the FFA chapter at Seymour R-II School, where her chapter members each have the opportunity to volunteer over 50 hours a year, often in partnership with other career and technical student organizations. Seymour’s FFA chapter organizes the annual Consignment Sale, an auction for traditional farm and horse-drawn equipment which attracts over 1,000 attendees each year including large segments of the local Amish population. The chapter also hosts various games, sales, and educational activities at Seymour’s Apple Festival. Under Kauffman’s leadership, Seymour’s FFA chapter activities have garnered them recognition as a Model of Innovation in the Chapter Division, Gold Emblem chapter recognition in Missouri, and 3-Star chapter recognition at the national level.
Kauffman has served on various statewide committees and as an officer for the Missouri Vocational Agriculture Teachers Association, presented at various conferences, and won numerous awards for her educational leadership and innovations. Kauffman has stepped up as a resource for her peers by mentoring new teachers, planning annual and regular social events for teachers, and actively recruiting female agricultural education instructors to balance the primarily male-dominated discipline. She has taken on service projects of her own from running charity drives to maintaining community landscapes to volunteering for various fair boards in planning and hosting livestock shows. Michael Kyle, a small business-owner in Seymour, says Kauffman “loves people, works hard, and always tries to lift the spirits of those around her.”
Kauffman is one of five finalists for the 2018 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, December 6, during ACTE’s CareerTech VISION 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. The Awards Banquet is sponsored by Express Employment Professionals, the US Army, CareerSafe, Stratasys, and International Baccalaureate. For more information about the ACTE Excellence Awards, visit our webpage.
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, school counselors, guidance and career development professionals 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.