Moore County High School teacher Tommy Beavers is one of only six individuals nationwide who received the 2014 National Association of Agricultural Educators Teacher Mentor Award at the NAAE annual convention in Nashville held Nov. 18-22.
Beavers is an agricultural educator at MCHS. The Teacher Mentor Award recognizes experienced agricultural educators who make the time to work with early career educators in an effort to help them become successful teachers. By building positive relationships between themselves and beginning teachers, mentors help teachers stay in the profession and build successful agricultural education programs.
“The thing about him winning that award really kind of signifies what he has meant to our community and all of the students who have passed through the high school,” said Director of Schools Chad Moorehead. “Him winning an award like that is really not a surprise to us because we have known of the impact that he has had on our students lives for a long time.
“I think it’s a great honor for our community for him to be recognized at that level.”
Beavers has taught agriculture for 33 years, the majority of which has been spent at Metro Moore County High School. He has shared the success of his own agriculture program with numerous other agriculture teachers by lending a hand when it comes to teaching strategies, lesson plans and FFA competitions.
Over the course of his career, Beavers has mentored 10 student teachers and has seen many of his own students choose to pursue careers in agricultural education after being in his classes. His connection to young teachers continues even once they have secured their own teaching jobs as he mentors them through the first difficult years of their careers and longer.
“Above all else, Mr. Beavers cares about the education of students whether they are his own students or not,” said Danice Shout, agriculture teacher in Fayetteville. “I truly believe that his inspiring desire to improve students’ education, in and out of the classroom, and his unwavering support has made me a better teacher.”
Beavers said if it weren’t for the support of his family, he wouldn’t be able to pursue the career that he enjoys so much, one that often takes him away from home.
“(My) wife Denise, and children Shea and Josh, (they) dealt with my absence from home and events in their youth during my teaching career,” said Beavers. “Being gone from home for an average of a month during a year was never held against me.”
Each of the six regional Teacher Mentor Award winners was recognized at the NAAE convention in Nashville. CEV Multimedia sponsors the Teacher Mentor Award.
NAAE is the professional organization in the United States for agricultural educators. It provides its nearly 8,000 members with professional networking and development opportunities, professional liability coverage, and extensive awards and recognition programs.
The mission of NAAE is “professionals providing agricultural education for the global community through visionary leadership, advocacy and service.” The NAAE headquarters are in Lexington, Ky.