Curtis North, Eagle Point High School vocational agriculture instructor and FFA advisor, was named Oregon Ag Teacher of the Year at a recent conference in LaGrande.
The award is given by the Oregon Vocational Agriculture Teachers Association. Each of the 12 districts in the state nominate a teacher from their district. From that list a committee reviews the nominees and makes the selection. Southern Oregon FFA district is the largest in Oregon with 13 chapters.
“Personally this is a great honor and a real surprise because there are so many really great ag teachers in Oregon,” said North. “It is a particular honor because I was picked by some of those great teachers. It’s not just a reflection on me, it is a reflection on the Eagle Point ag program as well as the ag community.” Curtis was treasurer of the statewide organization two years ago.
“This group (ag teachers) probably has the best network group in the state,” said North.
The criteria for the award includes community connections and partnerships. “The Eagle Point ag community is one of the most supportive of their program in the state,” said North.
North will compete in Region I in May. The regional group includes the states of Montana, Wyoming, Washington, California, Nevada, Arizona, Idaho and Utah. The winner at the regional level wins the use of a a Toyota truck for two years.
North has been an ag teacher for 15 years. The first 12 were at Rogue River. He received a bachelor of science degree from Colorado State and a masters degree from Oregon State University.
North and his wife, Lisa, who is a second grade teacher in Medford, have three children; Clinton, a senior at EPHS, Sutton who will be a freshman, and Josie, who will be three years old.
By Nancy Leonard
Of the Independent