Two local teachers were among 200 recognized at the Vocational Agriculture Teachers Association of Texas (VATAT) professional development conference July 28-Aug. 1 in Abilene.
Brent Williams, Poolville High School agricultural science teacher, who lives in Decatur, received his 40-year tenure award during the opening general session July 29, and Jim Allsup, Decatur High School agricultural science teacher, received his 25-year tenure award during the closing general session Aug. 1.
Tenure awards are a benefit of the VATAT and are given in five-year increments to agricultural science teachers and associate members of the association who have dedicated themselves to teaching and supporting agricultural science.
Agricultural science teachers spent the week attending professional development workshops, training classes and general sessions with motivational speakers to enhance their current teaching methods and keep up with the latest curriculum developments in agricultural education and technology.
More than 1,600 agricultural science teachers in Texas are impacting more than 135,000 students enrolled in agricultural education classes at the secondary level.