Last fall, Jeff Perry, lecturer in Ithaca College’s department of education, received the New York Association of Agriculture Education Outstanding Post-Secondary Award.
The win was based on what Perry submitted about what he—and the department—had been doing in its master's degree in agriculture education program, a 36-credit master's degree that offers students a K–12 teaching certification through hands-on learning and training in the field.
“This [award] highlighted the amount of growth the Ithaca College program has had in terms of creating and developing certified teachers,” he said. “I act as a connecting bridge to prepare the students for their delivery as teachers. I give them the skill sets and push them just a bit to become better at the craft of teaching. I’ve got a strong enough connection back to the industry that I can prepare them for a smooth on-ramp.”
Perry, who teaches the pedagogy and practice for the courses in science and agriculture, also supports youth organizations and leadership development and is involved in program planning. He feels that being recognized for this student-to-faculty connection is one of the most redeeming parts of the honor.