The Vocational Agriculture Teachers Association of Texas elected new leadership during the Professional Development Conference for Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources Cluster held July 28- Aug. 1 in Abilene.
Shane Crafton, agricultural science teacher at Henrietta School, was elected to serve as the VATAT secretary-treasurer for the 2014-15 school year. Crafton received a bachelor’s degree in agricultural education from Tarleton State University.
Throughout his 26-year teaching career, Crafton has trained numerous state competitive Career Development Event teams and Leadership Development Event teams, as well as served on multiple district, area and state level agriscience committees for more than 15 years.
In addition to his positions with VATAT and FFA, Crafton is also an active member of the First United Methodist Church of Henrietta and an avid volunteer of many Clay County community service events.
As secretary-treasurer, Crafton plans to work with fellow VATAT officers and board members to increase member benefits and opportunities and increase communication between the state association office and the members.
“The VATAT Board of Directors and VATAT Officers are comprised of agriculture science teachers who give freely of themselves without compensation to make sure the Association and agricultural education continues to be successful,” said Barney McClure, executive director of VATAT.
More than 1,600 agricultural science teachers in Texas are impacting more than 125,000 students enrolled in agricultural education classes at the secondary level. The VATAT is a professional organization for agricultural science teachers and supporters of agricultural science. The Association informs agriculture teachers about the latest agricultural education practices, encourages higher standards of teaching agriculture and provides agriculture education a unified voice in the state legislature. Celebrating 74 years, the VATAT is headquartered in Austin, and its mission is preparing educators to develop 21st Century leaders in agriculture through excellence in education, citizenship and cooperation. For more information, visit the VATAT online.