Gillett teacher attends national convention

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Kellie Claflin, right, agriscience teacher at Gillett Secondary School, accepts the Teacher’s Turn the Key award from Farrah Johnson, of Florida, the National Association of Agricultural Educator president. Claflin attended the NAAE conference in early December.

Kellie Claflin, agriscience teacher at Gillett Secondary School, attended the National Association of Agricultural Educators conference Dec. 2-6 in Las Vegas. RAM Trucks sponsored the trip where Claflin was selected as one of 41 participants for the Teacher’s Turn the Key program.

Teacher’s Turn the Key is a professional development program focused specifically for early career teachers at the NAAE convention.

The attendees heard from Dr. Mark Taylor, the national expert on Generation NeXt, who gave them tips on how to teach today’s learners. Other special programming for participants was sharing of ideas and challenges, activities to incorporate in their classroom, advisory councils, and tips on how to manage time and balance.

Each program had take-aways to implement in the classroom.

Claflin also participated in NAAE regional meetings and workshops. She attended workshops on working with special needs students in the ag classroom, inquiry and the Next Generation Science Standards and hosting a chapter level agriscience fair.