Ken Couture, 2011-12 NAAE president, presented a Teachers Turn the Key Award to Crane Union High School agricultural educator Bibiana Gifft (right) at the National Association of Agricultural Educators annual convention in Atlanta Dec. 1. (Submitted photo)

Gifft receives NAAE Teachers Turn the Key award

Bibiana Gifft, agricultural educator at Crane Union High School (CUHS) in Crane, is one of 39 individuals nationwide who received the Teachers Turn the Key Award, given Dec. 1 at the National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE) annual convention in Atlanta.

The Teachers Turn the Key (TTTK) Award program is a scholarship to allow early career agricultural educators to attend the annual NAAE convention, giving them an opportunity to become involved with their professional association on a national level. TTTK participants take part in programming geared toward agricultural educators in the early stages of their careers.

Gifft has been the agriculture teacher at CUHS since 2010. Since she came to CUHS, enrollment has grown to nearly 58 percent of the student population. Gifft’s program has a strong animal science focus. Recently, Gifft’s students were given the opportunity to dissect the internal organs of three beef cattle from a local rancher in order to gain a better understanding of each organ’s function within the body. Students have also worked with the same rancher to assist with pregnancy checks, ultrasounds and recording data through EID tags.

“The reason that Bibiana is such an influential teacher is because she has the personal ambition to make the educational programs better,” said Angie Ketscher, CUHS FFA Alumni president. “This quality is the reason I believe that she will remain a great teacher and advisor for any student that is lucky enough to have her as an instructor.”

Each of the TTTK winners received a plaque and a scholarship to cover convention registration, travel expenses and housing during the NAAE convention. RAM Trucks sponsors the TTTK program as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.

NAAE is the professional organization in the United States for agricultural educators. It provides its nearly 8,000 members with professional networking and development opportunities, professional liability coverage and extensive awards and recognition programs. The mission of NAAE is “professionals providing agricultural education for the global community through visionary leadership, advocacy and service.” The NAAE headquarters are in Lexington, Ky.

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