PIERRE – The South Dakota Association of Career and Technical Education has announced Jacob Englin, an agricultural educator who is in his first year of teaching at the Deubrook Area School District, as SDACTE New Teacher of the Year.
Englin just completed five years of teaching at Parkston High School. At the beginning of his teaching career there, he started its CTE program after a long hiatus.
Englin has been selected because he has made significant contributions toward innovative and unique programs in his area of career and technical education, the SDACTE reports.
In the summer of 2016, he was one of the 24 teachers from across the country to participate in the National Agriscience Teacher Ambassador Academy in Des Moines. He presented two workshops, developing lessons on the topic of veterinary urinalysis that he still uses in his advanced animal science class.
Englin was instrumental in researching and collecting data from other states to develop a proposal to reinstate the poultry evaluation contest at the state FFA convention. He developed a survey to seek approval from fellow ag instructors. He wrote rules, and a plan was approved to run the event this past spring.
The addition of a greenhouse to Parkston High School was started in the fall of 2017 under his direction. He served as the FFA adviser to students, many of whom placed at state competition. Students in the eighth-grade agriculture and introduction to agriculture, food and natural resources classes are required to complete a project for the agri-science fair. He partnered with the English teacher to do this project.
Englin now qualifies to compete for the Region V New Teacher of the Year. The Region V Conference will be held in Lake Tahoe, Nevada, on April 22-25, 2020.