(Pavillion, Wyo.) – Matt Frazier, agriculture educator and FFA advisor for Wind River High School in Pavillion was recently awarded the Outstanding Young Member award by the National Association of Agriculture Educators for Wyoming.
Outstanding Young Member award winners are agricultural educators who have been teaching for no more than six years and who have demonstrated significant progress toward establishing a successful agricultural education program. Applicants are judged on a variety of criteria, including teaching philosophy, effective classroom and experiential instruction, development of partnerships, and professional growth.
Mr. Frazier moved to Wyoming to teach after graduating from Montana State University. He was motivated to make a difference in a young person’s life by combining professional teaching methods with his practical knowledge gained from raising cattle. His basic philosophy has always been to support his students in achieving their goals after high school, while instilling the importance of responsibility and accountability. Over the last six years, Mr. Frazier has added a greenhouse, instituted an eighth-grade Ag program, and most recently partnered with CWC to launch an entrepreneurship metal art program. The students are now running this metal art program as a business, and are responsible for purchasing, fabrication, finishing work, and sales.
The Outstanding Young Member award was created to encourage early career agriculture teachers to both remain in the profession and become active members in their professional association. Frazier will go on to compete against other award winners from surrounding states in the hopes of capturing the regional title. If successful, he will compete against five additional regional winners this December in Las Vegas for national recognition.
The NAAE Outstanding Young Member award program is sponsored by John Deere as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.
NAAE is the professional organization in the United States for agricultural educators.
(Photo by Melinda Frazier)