Brad Taylor, a teacher in the Agriculture Department at Roland-Story High School, attended the 2017 Iowa Association of Agricultural Educators Conference held June 26-28 at the FFA Enrichment Center in Ankeny. The conference was attended by secondary and post-secondary agricultural educators.

The conference included award presentations recognizing outstanding agricultural educators for the work they have done for Iowa agriculture students. Taylor was recognized by the IAAE as the “2017 Iowa Agriculture Science Teacher of the Year.”

This award program distinguishes teachers who emphasize science concepts, principles and applications in their curricula. The award recognizes leadership in agriscience, community, agriculture/agribusiness and professional activities. Outstanding agriscience educators are innovators and catalysts for student success in agriscience education.

The conference was an opportunity for the state’s agricultural educators to interact with colleagues and participate in professional development activities centered on the attainment of career development skills for student successes.

Workshops and educational seminars were offered to assist educators in delivering technical assessment skills to students. Taylor serves on the Administration Committee and was also a presenter in one of the workshops.

Speakers who presented were: Mike Gaul of the ISU College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, who spoke about the placement rates for ISU graduates, and Mark Core, chief marketing officer for the Vermeer Corporation, who spoke about career readiness skills.