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National Ag Teacher Day

first_imgJason Peake was destined to teach agriculture. It’s in his DNA.Peake, an associate professor of agricultural education at the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences in Tifton, has a family full of ag teachers. His younger brother (Justin Michael Peake) and sister-in-law (Tiphanie) are also ag teachers, and Peake’s uncle (Howard Peake) was an ag teacher in central Kentucky, where Peake grew up. “My uncle Howard was an honest man who worked hard and tried to do the right thing,” Peake said. “I always held him up as a role model and decided I wanted to be like him. He’s the one that inspired me to become an ag teacher.”That inspiration has led to a 17-year teaching career for Peake.“It is the greatest job in the world,” Peake said. “It’s high-impact with a smaller group of students. It is one of the most impactful positions that you can have to influence young people and turn their lives around. You can reach those young people while they are still malleable. You can have a hand in molding them and that makes a real difference in that student’s life.”Peake began teaching high school agriculture classes in 1997 in Lakeland, Fla. He moved to UGA in February, 2004. During Peake’s teaching tenure, he has had a direct impact in the development of agriculture teachers across the Southeast. Those students include UGA graduates like Michael Barnes. “I can easily say that 100 percent of what he taught is definitely applicable and effective in the classroom,” said Barnes, a UGA CAES Tifton campus graduate who is now a second-year ag teacher at Lowndes High School in Valdosta. In his 10 years at UGA, Peake has taught some 90 undergraduate students with 65 to 70 of those eventually becoming ag teachers. “It’s a good feeling. It’s very flattering and humbling that someone thought enough of what you do to follow in your footsteps and choose the same career path as you,” Peake said. Not all of Peake’s students pursue a career in teaching agriculture. Though there is a high demand for ag teachers around the state, geography plays a key role in students finding a job. Many are faced with the dilemma of having to move, which is not a viable option for some.As a result, many of Peake’s students take a science teaching position at a local school, and that is just fine with Peake. “I still consider those students a success because they’re carrying the message of agriculture, the importance of it, into the science classroom or the math classroom and still pushing that message across. I am happy to see my students enter the world of education and promote agricultural literacy,” he said.Peake is also happy to assist his former pupils in whatever ag-related activity they’re working on. He recently helped former students Brittaney Schwing, an ag teacher at Northeast Campus of Tifton County High School in Tifton, and Adrien Gentry, an ag teacher at Colquitt County High School, with their respective FFA officer elections. Even though Peake is almost two decades removed from teaching high school, he keeps in touch with many of his former students, including six that are now ag teachers.“I’m very close with my former students. I stay active in the Georgia ag education conferences, so that twice a year I am able to reconnect with my former students in person,” Peake said.For more information about UGA Tifton’s academic program, visit students.caes.last_img read more

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Cincinnati man charged following police pursuit, crash

first_imgBright, In. — A warrant has been issued for a Cincinnati man by Dearborn/Ohio County prosecutor Lynn Deddens following a pursuit involving a motorcycle that reached speeds of 100-miles-per-hour.On Friday police say Richard Sherill began fleeing in Ohio on U.S. 50. The pursuit continued into the Bright area where Indiana State Police joined. Sherill forced other motorists off the road before crashing into a yard.Sherill complained of pain and was treated at a local hospital. He is charged with resisting law enforcement, criminal mischief, reckless driving, possession of marijuana with a prior conviction and criminal recklessness.last_img

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Elleval seeks Meld honours

first_img The Meydan veteran has won nearly £500,000 in prize money but this will be the first time he has run three consecutive races in Ireland for two years. After disappointing runs at York and the Curragh earlier this season, he bounced back to form when a close fourth in a valuable handicap last week and steps back up in class. David Marnane hopes the Meld Stakes does not come too soon for stable star Elleval at Leopardstown on Thursday evening. “I don’t think Navan really suited him as it’s a bit up and down and has a long straight,” said Marnane. “That race had been moved from Leopardstown which I know he really likes as he was second to Free Eagle and The United States in the same Group Three two years in a row. “Leopardstown is a bit like Meydan, which we know he loves. “I thought that was basically his first competitive race of the season last week as he didn’t get involved in his first two. “It might be coming a bit quick, but he has backed up before and run well so I’m hoping he’ll do so again. “It’s a tough race but the horses are running well.” Dermot Weld, who won the race three years in a row with Famous Name, runs the filly Carla Bianca, beaten by Irish Oaks hopeful Words last time out. Aidan O’Brien is represented by Battle Of Marathon while David Wachman’s Queen Nefertiti also runs for the Coolmore team. Ger Lyons is double-handed with Brendan Bracken, who will be having his first run for new connections, and Piri Wango. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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