Roger Teeple of Black Mountain, N.C., is one of only six individuals nationwide who received the National Association of Agricultural Educators Outstanding Service Citation on November 30 at the NAAE annual convention in Atlanta.
Teeple recently retired as an agriculture teacher at Charles D. Owen High School. His motto is, “It is about the students.” In his time at Charles D. Owen, he has had numerous State and American FFA Degree recipients. The agriculture program has had 17 consecutive years of 100 percent FFA membership. This year there was a 10 percent increase in agriculture enrollment.
“Teeple is not one to seek the honor himself. He strongly believes in honoring students before himself,” said Tim Pasour, Teeple’s nominator.
Over the course of his career, Teeple has done many things to help support the professional development of agriculture teachers in his state and nationally. He has given countless professional development workshops on a variety of topics, and isn’t shy about demonstrating his enthusiastic teaching techniques.
Teeple is one of only two teachers to have served as the North Carolina Agriculture Teachers Association President twice. He has also served as the NAAE Region V Vice President and the NAAE President, leading agriculture teachers nationwide and helping set the vision for agricultural education in the United States.
Each of the six regional Outstanding Service Citation Award winners received a plaque at the NAAE convention in Atlanta. Monsanto sponsors the Outstanding Service Citation Award as a special project of the National FFA Foundation. NAAE is the professional association for agricultural educators. Its mission is “professionals providing agricultural education for the global community through visionary leadership, advocacy and service.” The NAAE office is located in Lexington, Ky.