Minnesota Agricultural Educator a Finalist for Teacher of the Year Award
October 9, 2013
ALEXANDRIA, VA—The Association for Career and Technical Education announces Michael Miron of Forest Lake, Minnesota, is a finalist for the ACTE Teacher of the Year award. Miron is an agricultural educator at Forest Lake Area Schools. As the Region III winner of ACTE's Teacher of the Year award, Miron is one of five finalists competing for the national title of 2014 Teacher of the Year, which recognizes educators who have made significant contributions toward innovative, unique and novel programs that are serving to improve and promote career and technical education. The ACTE Teacher of the Year award is sponsored by Cisco.
The winner will be announced at the ACTE Awards Banquet, a dinner and award presentation recognizing the best CTE educators in the country, which will take place on Wednesday evening, Dec. 4, 2013 at CareerTech VISION 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
In his ninth year as an agriculture instructor and FFA adviser at Forest Area Lake High School, Mike Miron is a lead innovator in his department. Work with such partners as the Mayo Clinic and Minnesota Council of Economic Education has enabled Miron to successfully integrate core academics into the agriculture, food and natural resources curriculum. His students receive science credits for studying genetically modified organisms, bacterial transformation and the chemistry of biodiesel. Miron brought a literacy focus into the classroom by having students read The Hunger Games and participate in a school service project to drive home the importance of agriculture and widen student perspectives on global food problems. Students learn about trade, productivity, and supply and demand in the Agriculture Economics class pioneered by Miron. After integrating state academic standards into two agriculture classes, at-risk students in need of an intervention course can now take a CTE class for math credit.
Miron describes himself as a facilitator of learning rather than a disseminator of information. His lessons are technology-infused and hands-on, and they promote engaged, self-directed learning. The Supervised Agriculture Education Experience program places students in real-world working environments. His FFA team is well-rounded in leadership skills, and his senior agriculture students are required to make planning for their futures a priority to succeed in their capstone class. Miron's ideal outcome is "not only an engaged and successful learner, but the development of the 'complete person' with the intrinsic motivation to achieve and serve others."
The ACTE Awards Banquet is sponsored by Cisco, Kuder Inc., Stratasys, CEV Multimedia Ltd. and Certiport. For more information about the Awards Banquet at CareerTech VISION 2013: www.acteonline.org/vision_banquet
For more information about the Awards Program: www.acteonline.org/awards
The Association for Career and Technical Education is the nation's largest not-for-profit education association dedicated to the advancement of education that prepares youth and adults for successful careers. Founded in 1926, ACTE has more than 25,000 members; career and technical educators, administrators, researchers, guidance counselors and others involved in planning and conducting career and technical education programs at the secondary, postsecondary and adult levels. ACTE provides advocacy, public awareness and access to information on career and technical education, professional development and tools that enable members to be successful and effective leaders.
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