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Penn State Professor Selected for Educator Award

Posted: December 2, 2016

Dr. Daniel Foster, Associate Professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education at The Pennsylvania State University in University Park, Pa., is one of only six individuals nationwide who received the National Association of Agricultural Educators Teacher Mentor Award, given at the NAAE annual convention in Las Vegas on December 1.
Regional Vice President Krista Pontius, CEV Media Sponsor Representative Gordon Davis and NAAE President Terry Rieckman are presenting the award.

Regional Vice President Krista Pontius, CEV Media Sponsor Representative Gordon Davis and NAAE President Terry Rieckman are presenting the award.

Dr. Daniel Foster has served as an agriscience instructor, a cooperating teacher for pre-service agricultural educators, and as a teacher educator at The Ohio State University and The Pennsylvania State University. His commitment to mentoring both teacher candidates and current educators has led him to his current role as a faculty member in Agricultural and Extension Education at Penn State, where he oversees student teachers and is the instructor for teaching methods courses. Additionally, he has conducted more than eighty professional development workshops for teachers in several states since 2009.

A NAAE member since 1997, Foster is active on the national level through his efforts as an affiliate professor and an executive board member for Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education, a professional development initiative which aims to provide agricultural educators with curriculum and materials to challenge their students with inquiry-based learning. He is also the chair of the Special Interest Group on Teacher Education for the American Association for Agricultural Education.

Foster also serves the National Teach Ag Campaign as a member of the advisory committee and was named a ‘Teach Ag Champion’ by the campaign for his work in recruiting and educating future agriculture teachers.

“Dr. Foster is always willing to share his skills, knowledge and expertise with his students,” said Krista Pontius, NAAE Region VI Vice-President. “He demonstrates a positive attitude and acts as a positive role model for his students and most importantly, he takes a personal interest in his mentoring responsibility. He is truly invested in his student’s success and knows how to empower his students to develop their strengths and attributes to become productive agents of change in their future classrooms.”

Each of the six regional Teacher Mentor Award winners was recognized at the NAAE convention in Las Vegas. CEV Multimedia sponsors the Teacher Mentor 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, Ky.