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Each Year the GVATA encourages members to nominate their fellow teachers to participate in the GVATA / NAAE Awards Program.  Below is the list of past winners. These outstanding members will represent our State at the NAAE Convention as they compete for the National awards.

The reality is that we have a lot of great things going on in our profession in Georgia and this is a way to recognize our peers for those accomplishments. You can nominate yourself or others. Nominations are anonymous.  Area Directors will use the nominations to contact those who are nominated and encourage them to complete the applications.

Applications are due by April 1st. Winners will be announced to all of the GVATA members via email by April 23rd. State winners will move on to the Region V competition, which is June 19th-23rd in Orange Beach, AL. State winners will be able to modify their applications prior to resubmitting them to NAAE by May 15th.

We’re collecting the awards applications via a Google Form. Applications will need to be in a pdf format. If you have any issues, please reach out to your GVATA Area Directors. Please use the following links to submit your finished applications prior to April 1st:

Teachers Turn the Key

Ideas Unlimited

Teacher Mentor Award

Outstanding Agricultural Education Teacher Award

Outstanding Early Career Teacher Award

Outstanding Middle/Secondary Program Award

Outstanding Postsecondary Agriculture Program Award


2022 GVATA / NAAE Award Winners      

Congratulations to the 2022 GVATA / NAAE State award winners!

Ideas Unlimited Nancy Sell
Outstanding Agricultural Program Franklin County Middle School, Anna Watkins
Outstanding Early Career Teacher Lucas Brock
Outstanding Agricultural Teacher Jay Borden
Outstanding Postsecondary Ag Program Tift County Young Farmers, Carl Nichols
Teachers Turn the Key Sarah Beth Hammond
Outstanding Cooperation Award Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College
Outstanding Ag Ed State Staff Member Melissa Riley

*Denotes NAAE Region V winner.


2021 GVATA / NAAE Awards      

Congratulations to the 2021 GVATA / NAAE State award winners!

Ideas Unlimited Dr. Catrina Pollard
Outstanding Agricultural Program Creekview High School*
Outstanding Early Career Teacher Alex Holman
Outstanding Agricultural Teacher Dr. Cecily Gunter
Outstanding Postsecondary Ag Program Chattooga County Young Farmers
Teachers Turn the Key Lucas Brock
Outstanding Service Citation Ben Lastly
Outstanding Cooperation Award Georgia FFA-FCCLA Center
Outstanding Ag Ed State Staff Member Sidney Bell

*Denotes NAAE Region V winner.


2020 GVATA / NAAE Awards      
Congratulations to the 2020 GVATA / NAAE State award winners!  These members will be recognized at our Summer Conference and represent Georgia as they compete at the NAAE Region V level later this year.

Ideas Unlimited April Davis*
Outstanding Agricultural Program Newton County College & Career Academy*
Outstanding Early Career Teacher Ryan Smith
Outstanding Agricultural Teacher Shelby Corbett Conley
Outstanding Adult Ag Ed Newton County Young Farmers
Teachers Turn the Key Hannah Smith
Lifetime Achievement Award Gary Farmer*
Outstanding Service Citation Dr. James Woodard
Outstanding Cooperation Award Georgia Forestry Commission*
Teacher Mentor Award Dr. Curtis Borne
Outstanding Ag Ed State Staff Member Shawn Collins

*Denotes NAAE Region V winner.


2019 GVATA / NAAE Awards      
Congratulations to the 2019 GVATA Award Winners. These individuals also recognized GVATA as NAAE Award Finalists.

Outstanding Young Member Chelsea Begnaud, Oconee Co High
Outstanding Teacher Jessica Bowden, LaGrange High
Outstanding Ag Program Southeast Bulloch High
Outstanding Adult Ag Ed Laurens County Young Farmers
Teachers Turn the Key Hope Carter, West Laurens Middle
Ideas Unlimited April Davis, Commerce Middle
Outstanding State Staff Member Stan Mitchell, North Region Ag Ed
Outstanding Cooperation Award  Sunbelt Ag Expo*
Outstanding Service Citation Dr. D.J. Sheppard, Recruitment & Retention*
Lifetime Achievement Award Mrs. Cindy Greene
Teacher Mentor Dr. Frank Flanders, ABAC*

*Denotes NAAE Region V winner.


2018 GVATA / NAAE Awards      
Congratulations to the 2018 GVATA Award Winners. These individuals also recognized GVATA as NAAE Award Finalists. 

Outstanding Middle School/Secondary Program  Bagley Middle School*
Outstanding Teacher  Adrienne Smith, Colquitt County High School
Outstanding Post-Secondary Program  Wayne County Young Farmer*
Outstanding Early Career Teacher  Kalie Hall, Madison County High School
Teachers Turn the Key  Callie Kendrick, Byron Middle School
Ideas Unlimited  Brandi Baade, Pike County High School*
Outstanding State Staff Member  Chris Corzine, Central Region Director
Outstanding Cooperation Award  Georgia FFA Foundation*
Outstanding Service Citation  Representative Terry England
 Lifetime Achievement Award   Dr. Argene Claxton

*Denotes NAAE Region V winner.


2017 GVATA / NAAE Awards      
Congratulations to the following GVATA Award Winners. These individuals and programs will be recognized at the 2017 GVATA Summer Leadership Conference and move on to regional judging at NAAE.

Outstanding Teacher Kasey Jackson, West Laurens High School
Outstanding Secondary Program ECI (Emanuel County Institute), Tori Meadows
Outstanding Post-Secondary Program Toombs County Young Farmers, Joey Montford*
Outstanding Young Member Sarah Nerswick, Cambridge High School*
Teachers Turn the Key Brandi Baade, Pike County High School
Ideas Unlimited Jonathan Hardeman*
Outstanding State Staff Member Christa Steinkamp
Outstanding Cooperation Award Georgia EMCs
Outstanding Service Citation Senator John Wilkinson*
Lifetime Achievement Award Dr. DJ Sheppard

*Denotes NAAE Region V winner.


2016 GVATA Award Winners      
Congratulations to the following GVATA Award Winners. These individuals and programs will be recognized at the 2016 GVATA Summer Leadership Conference and move on to regional judging at NAAE.

Outstanding Teacher Nelson McCracken, Bagley Middle School*
Outstanding Secondary Program Miller County High School, Kitty Bodiford
Outstanding Post-Secondary Program Murray County Young Farmer*
Outstanding Young Member Adrienne Smith, Colquitt High School*
Ideas Unlimited Myria Shipman, Islands High School
Teachers Turn the Key Hannah Elrick, Effingham County High School

*NAAE Region V Winner.


2015 GVATA Award Winners      
Congratulations to the following GVATA Award Winners. These individuals and programs will now move on to regional judging at NAAE. Visit the Georgia AG Ed Photo Gallery to see pictures of the 2015 GVATA Award winners and to see snapshots of the 2015 GVATA Summer Conference.  

Outstanding Teacher Bryant Oliver, Wheeler County High School
Outstanding Young Member Brandon Ray - LaFayette High School
Teachers Turn the Key Adrienne Smith - Colquitt County High School
Ideas Unlimited Nancy Sell - Screven County High*
Outstanding Agriculture Program Veterans High - Clay Walker & Jeff Wilson
Outstanding Post Secondary Program Miller County Young Farmers*
Outstanding State Staff Member Dr. Lynn Barber, South Region Director

*NAAE Region V Winner.


2014 GVATA / NAAE Award Winners      
Congratulations to the following GVATA Award Winners. These individuals and programs will be recognized at the 2014 GVATA Summer Leadership Conference and move on to regional judging at NAAE.

Outstanding Young Member Clay Walker
Outstanding Teacher Richard Gill
Teacher Mentor Richard Gill
Teachers Turn the Key Michael Barnes & Josh White
Outstanding Agriculture Program Madison County High School*
Ideas Unlimited Chansi Coleman
Outsanding Post Secondary Program Gordon County Young Farmers
Oustanding State Staff Member Katrina Jones
Lifetime Achievement Award Gary Minard*

*NAAE Region V Winner.


2013 GVATA Award Winners      
Outstanding Teacher Dr. Sara Clark 
Outstanding Young Member  Michael Gardner 
Teachers Turn the Key  Amanda Keener
Tim Griffeth
Ideas Unlimited Taylor Brown*
Outstanding Agriculture Program Northside High  
Outstanding Post Secondary Program Johnson Co. Young Farmers* 
Outstanding State Staff Member  Ms. Martha White 

*NAAE Region V winner.


2012 GVATA / NAAE Awards      
Congratulations to the following GVATA Award Winners. These individuals and programs will be recognized at the 2012 GVATA Summer Leadership Conference and move on to regional judging at NAAE.

Outstanding Teacher Bill Waldrep, Mary Persons High School*
Outstanding Secondary Program Bleckley County High, Mr. Doyle Floyd and Mr. Walt Parks
Outstanding Post-Secondary Program Effingham County Young Farmer*
Outstanding Young Member Meredith Arrington, Effingham County High School
Ideas Unlimited Taylor Ginn, East Jackson High School
Teachers Turn the Key Brittany Bearden, Hahira Middle School
Outstanding State Staff Member John "Chip" Bridges

*NAAE Region V Winner.


2011 GVATA Award Winners      
Outstanding Young Member Taylor Ginn
Outstanding Teacher Kitty Simmons
Outstanding Agriculture Program Southeast Bulloch
Outstanding Adult Ag Ed Program Houston County Young Farmers*
Ideas Unlimited Joe Green*
Teachers Turn the Key Meredith Arrington
Allen Nasworthy
Outstanding State Staff Member Ben Lastly

*NAAE Region V Winner.


2010 GVATA / NAAE Awards      
Outstanding Middle/Secondary Program 
Outstanding Teacher
Outstanding Post Secondary/Adult Program  
Ideas Unlimited
Turn the Key Trisha Lastly
Outstanding Young Member

2009 GVATA Award Winners      
Outstanding Middle/Secondary Program    Gary Minyard
Cale Watkins
Owen Thomason 
Outstanding Teacher   Gary Minyard
Outstanding Post Secondary/Adult Program   Dr. Freddie Waltz 
Ideas Unlimited   Joe Green
Turn the Key   Trisha Lastly
Outstanding Young Member   Brittany Neff

   
 
  GVATA Awards  
   
Please use the following instruction sheets to apply for GVATA Awards.  Only GVATA finalists will use the NAAE online application.  Please do not complete your awards applications on NAAE until asked to do so from our GVATA board.  
Ideas Unlimited Award
Outstanding Ag Teacher
Outstanding Early Career Teacher
Outstanding Postsecondary Ag Program
Outstanding Program
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