Pictured left to right: Josh Remington (IA FFA Foundation), Darrick Parsons (English Insurance Agency), Marcel Kielkucki (school principal), Dawn Mausser (honoree), Tim English (English Insurance Agency) and Steve Ferreira (Nationwide)
Beckman Catholic Ag Teacher Dawn Mausser is one of seven finalists in Iowa for “Ag Educator of the Year” sponsored by Nationwide Insurance. The award recognizes the tremendous contributions of agricultural teachers in California, Illinois, Iowa, Ohio and Pennsylvania in preparing the next generation of young people for successful careers in agriculture.
Across the five states, 32 finalists will be presented with a $500 cash prize and entered into a final selection stage for the chance to be selected as their state’s Ag Educator of the Year. This spring, one finalist from each state will be chosen as the grand-prize winner and will receive the designation of Ag Educator of the Year, a $3,000 Nationwide-funded cash award designed to support continued education efforts, and the coveted Golden Owl Award trophy.
The award was created to bring attention to the growing need for agricultural teachers in the country. Brad Liggett, President of Agribusiness at Nationwide, said that following the inaugural Golden Owl Award, the Iowa Ag Educator of the Year saw a 30-student increase in his agricultural shop class.