August 14, 2013

Ag still lives in the classroom

By Michael Johnson, Editor

From house plants to hogs, students at Washburn School have been learning leadership skills encased in agricultural classes with the help of their ag teacher Mike Kamrath. His focus on student success in the last 25 years helped earn him a major distinction recently. Kamrath has been selected as the 2013 North Dakota winner of the Outstanding Agricultural Education Teacher award given by the National Association of Agricultural Educators. Outstanding Agricultural Education Teacher award winners are agricultural educators who are at the pinnacle of their careers, conducting the highest quality agricultural education programs.  The award recognizes leadership in civic, community, and professional activities.  Award winners are innovators and catalysts for student success in agriculture. Kamrath teaches eighth through 12th grade students in classes like animal science, horticulture, plant science, small engine repair, welding, plumbing and carpentry. Through the Corps of Discovery program, he also offers robotics, CNC machining, laser engraving and a host of ever-changing opportunities.

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