A Pratt Community College agriculture instructor was honored in July with an award from the National Association of Agriculture Educators (NAAE). The award was presented at the Kansas Association for Career and Technical Education conference in Wichita. K-ACTE is a professional association of educators, administrators and supporters in many different fields of career and technical education.
Bill Hunter, who has taught at PCC for 20 years, received the "Teacher of Teachers" Gold Award, which is given to agriculture teachers who have five or more former students who went on to become teachers of agriculture themselves.
In addition to teaching, Hunter also has a background in curriculum development in agricultural economics and rural economic development.
"As a veteran teacher, I recognize the importance of passing on my passion for agriculture to the next generation, and how important it is to mentor our future educators while they are still students," said Hunter.
Hunter's former students who went on to become teachers of agriculture are Jennifer Engelland who taught at Jewell High School, Jessica Wesley who taught at Hope High School, Skylar Myrick who teaches at LaCrosse High School, Kelly Stephens Powell who taught at Fredonia High School and Jessica Chegwidden who teaches at Alva High School.
Hunter has served as the president of the Kansas Association of Agriculture Educators (KAAE) in the past and held the office of regional vice president of the NAAE from 2003–2006.