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
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:
* Agriculture Pioneer: Stanley Jones - Belle Brook Farms (Sponsor:
Heritage Land Bank);
* Agribusiness of the Year: EasTex Veterinarian Clinic - Dr. James
(Sponsor: First Bank & Trust East Texas);
* Ag Educator of the Year: Ted Thompson - Ag. Teacher, Central Heights
(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