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Goldendale High School Agriculture Teachers Selected for National Educator Award


December 20, 2017

Mrs. Randi Krieg and Mr. Joshua Krieg, agricultural educators at Goldendale High School in Goldendale, Washington, are two of only seven individuals nationwide who received the National Association of Agricultural Educators Ideas Unlimited Award at the NAAE annual convention in Nashville on December 9.

The Ideas Unlimited Award gives NAAE members an opportunity to exchange teaching ideas. Winning ideas are selected by members' peers at NAAE regional conferences.

In 2016 Randi and Joshua faced a statistic they were determined to change; enrollment in their program's agricultural mechanics courses included only two female students. They designed two workshops, Guys in Floral and Women in Welding, that engaged students with industry professionals to explore courses and career fields.

Goldendale alumni who work in the agricultural mechanics profession taught female students how to create metal rose designs. Students used a grinder, MIG welder, plasma cutter and hydro-painting techniques to complete their project.

Debbie and Ken Clark, owners of the local flower shop Clark's Floral, helped with the Guys in Floral workshop, teaching design principles. Students created their own floral arrangement using glassware, floral knives, pruners, and floral mediums.

Randi and Joshua used these events as an opportunity to break social norms about career fields that tend to be dominated by one gender. They include science, technology, engineering and mathematics principles in the workshops. For example, science is addressed in flower preservation, technology by machinery use, engineering is drawn out when students design their projects, and mathematics is evident when students determine measurements.

"By providing students of non-traditional genders the opportunity to practice skills with others of their own gender, the factor of success linked to a dominant gender within a trade was eliminated," said the Kriegs in their application. "Participants learned new skills and found they had interest in agricultural subjects that were offered to them through the agricultural program that they might not have even tried due to gender bias."

Each of the Ideas Unlimited winners was recognized at the NAAE convention in Nashville. National Geographic Learning | Cengage Learning sponsors the Ideas Unlimited Award. 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, Kentucky.


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