Ted Thompson named Ag Educator of the Year
Posted 03 - 19 - 2014


 Pictured is Nacogdoches County Agriculture Educator of the

Year Ted Thompson.



 



Ted Thompson named Ag Educator of the Year



By Carolyn Whitney



Ted Thompson, agricultural science teacher at Central Heights I.S.D., will

be honored as the 2014 Ag Educator of the Year at this year's 14th Annual

Agriculture Appreciation and Awareness Banquet. Larry Poe, a member of the

Nacogdoches County Agribusiness Committee, nominated Thompson for his

outstanding performance as an agriculture educator through the years.



Thompson was born in Nacogdoches to Albert and Gay Thompson. He said that

his main influence to teach agriculture was his high school teacher, Mr.

Poe. When Thompson graduated Nacogdoches high school, he entered the

agriculture program at Stephen F. Austin State University in 1976. In July

of 1984, Thompson began his career as an ag teacher at Splendora High School

in Houston. He taught at Overton High School in Rusk and then Nacogdoches

High School before moving to Central Heights High School, where he has

taught for the last 12 years.



Poe worked alongside Thompson for 10 years. "Ted takes his teaching very

seriously," Poe said. "He has trained a lot of kids, particularly in the

wildlife and forestry area, and he is very good at what he does. He is very

deserving of the award and the recognition he has received."



Thompson has also been named Teacher of the Year by the State Forestry

Association, and his forestry and wildlife teams have placed in several

state contests. In 2011 they placed third in the National Forestry contest,

one of their highest scoring accomplishments. His teams have gone to

nationals in the Southern Regency Forestry contest every year, and they have

made it to the Top 10 in both judging and leadership categories.



Thompson learned he would be the 2014 Ag Educator when he received a phone

call from Larry Poe a month ago. "I feel very honored to be selected as the

Ag Educator of the year," he said, "and feel honored to have my name

included with some of the people that have been past representatives of this

award."



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About the Agriculture Appreciation and Awareness Banquet

The 14th annual Nacogdoches County Agriculture Appreciation and Awareness

Banquet is Monday, March 31 at the Nacogdoches County Exposition & Civic

Center . A social hour begins at  6 p.m., and the program starts at 7 p.m.

The public is encouraged to attend.





Keynote speaker is Leroy Shafer, Chief Operating Officer,  Houston Livestock

Show & Rodeo.



Four awards will be presented:



*     Farm Family of the Year:  Peggy & Campbell Cox, Sr. Family  (Sponsor:

Tipton Ford);



*     Agriculture Pioneer:  Stanley Jones - Belle Brook Farms  (Sponsor:

Heritage Land Bank);



*     Agribusiness of the Year:  EasTex Veterinarian Clinic - Dr. James

Weatherly



(Sponsor: First Bank & Trust East Texas);



*     Ag Educator of the Year:  Ted Thompson  - Ag. Teacher, Central Heights

HS



(Sponsor:  Citizens 1st Bank).



Banquet tickets are $28 each or $300 per table of eight and are available

now at the Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce, 2516 North St., or call

936-560-5533, or go to www.nacogdoches.org.



The Nacogdoches Agribusiness committee consists of representatives from

Nacogdoches County Farm Bureau, Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce,

Nacogdoches Convention and Visitors Bureau, Nacogdoches Economic Development

Corp., Texas AgriLife Extension Service, Cooperative Extension Program,

Pineywoods RC&D, Stephen F. Austin State University - Agriculture Department

and the Texas Forest Service.



The group has organized farm tours of the county for media and business

representatives on Friday, April 4. Contact Jamie Sugg at 560-7711 for tour

information.


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