Hamilton Central School agriculture teacher Johanna Bossard’s courses embrace enjoyable actions like drone flying and automobile racing.
She is the faculty’s FFA adviser, guiding her members to grow to be the leaders of the future. And she is an ardent advocate – or “agvocate” – of farmers all through the State of New York.
Her tireless efforts had been saluted Jan. 21 as Bossard was honored with Nationwide’s Golden Owl Award, naming her a finalist as 2021-22 Ag Educator of the Year. The annual award acknowledges extraordinary lecturers and helps their future academic efforts. Bossard was one of solely 11 finalists throughout the state.
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Bossard admitted she was shocked by the award presentation – which interrupted her seventh-grade class and their ultimate day of studying to program and fly drones – and she or he felt humbled by the honor.
The secret to her success is admittedly no secret in any respect.
“I simply love what I do,” she defined.
Leading the ceremony, held in Bossard’s personal HCS ag classroom, had been New York FFA Director Derek Hill, state FFA Vice-President Paige Warren, Keith Peavey of the Tanner Insurance Agency in Madison representing Nationwide and John Wagner, New York Farm Bureau’s director of county farm bureau relations and improvement. School district officers included Superintendent Bill Dowsland and Board of Education President Michelle Jacobsen.
“Johanna brings to her college students a dedication and fervour that actually helps them to construct a greater understanding of the world of agriculture,” Hill complimented.
“She simply does a lot to offer alternatives and enrich the experiences of our college students right here,” Dowsland added.
He identified that one pupil in the candidate suggestions had stated how Bossard is sort of a second mother and supplies them love and nurturing. She units excessive expectations, Dowsland stated, and pushes the college students to do issues the proper means, with respect, management and compassion.
“That embodies every little thing she brings to the faculty,” Dowsland stated. “We are lucky and blessed to have her right here.”
Many of her college students attended the ceremony, filling the classroom.
“She is at all times tremendous supportive and actually listens to her college students and makes use of their enter in the classroom,” stated HCS junior McKinley Craven.
Wagner informed the college students that they know her as their teacher, however he knew Bossard as a pal and fixed proponent of agriculture. He famous that Bossard additionally led the Madison County Farm Bureau Takeover fundraiser for six years in her “free time,” elevating cash for the hungry.
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Bossard was introduced with a $500 money prize and a plaque and now goes on for the probability to be topped New York’s Ag Educator of the Year in May. That honor comes with a prize of $3,000 to assist fund future academic efforts.
Bossard lives in Fabius with husband, Bret, and their daughters Brynley and Raegan, who additionally attended the award presentation. They are co-owners of Barbland and White Eagle Dairy. She has been the ag teacher and FFA adviser at HCS since 2010, presently educating seventh-grade agriculture, eighth-grade know-how, horticulture, ag mechanics, environmental science and pre-vet science.
Bret complimented his spouse for being an inspiring instance to not solely her college students however everybody round her.
“She actually places her coronary heart and soul into every little thing she does,” he stated. “She is at all times going and the relaxation of us simply attempt to sustain along with her.”
Mike Jaquays is the neighborhood information reporter for the Mid-York Weekly. Email him at [email protected].
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