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Goldendale Ag teachers recognized for innovation and achievement



LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT: Terry Nickels, former ag teacher at Goldendale was recognized by state association.

Terry Nickels, former Goldendale High School Agriculture Teacher, was announced as the winner of the WAAE Lifetime Achievement Award in Pasco, on June 30. The award recognizes retired agriculture teachers who have made significant contributions to agricultural education at the state, regional, and national levels. Nickels was selected by his peers across the state of Washington to receive this award.

Nickels worked as the Goldendale Agriculture Teacher for 34 years, where he impacted many students and his community through his agricultural classroom and FFA chapter. Beyond the local level, Nickels served as a mentor to numerous agriculture teachers, served a four-year term as a State Officer of the WAAE Association, worked with legislation to support Career and Technical Education, supported FFA career development events and members around the state, and much more.


CREATIVE TEACHING: Josh and Randi Kreig were selected by the state association of agricultural educators for their "Ideas Unlimited" approach to education at Goldendale.

Nickels continues to have impact through one of his former students, and daughter, Randi, who along with her husband Joshua Krieg was awarded the Ideas Unlimited Award for the state of Washington. The Ideas Unlimited contest is designed to give members an opportunity to exchange classroom, SAE, leadership, and other teaching ideas. The Kriegs, who succeeded Nickels as agricultural educators in Goldendale, were cited for their non-traditional career nights: Guys in Floral and Women in Welding. During Guys in Floral, 25 males arranged flowers and discussed floriculture careers with local industry professionals. During Women in Welding, 25 females worked with industry professionals to fabricate metal roses and discuss career opportunities. Josh and Randi Krieg have qualified to compete at the Regional National Association of Agricultural Education Conference in Wyoming this April.


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