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Glenn Perryman began the first urban agriculture program in the heart of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Never before had anyone developed an agricultural education program in a major city in that state.
"It was my greatest challenge, and is my greatest accomplishment as a teacher," Perryman said.
Perryman knew he wanted to be a teacher at a young age, but he thought history was his calling. After many conversations with his FFA advisor, Perryman realized he would probably be happier as a teacher with a program designed to motivate students "to learn by doing."
"I still love history," he said. "But nothing beats sharing my knowledge with students in the classroom."
He has shared that knowledge through teaching many subjects including Agri-science applications, Horticulture, Natural Resources, Environmental Studies and Animal Science.
Perryman has also won numerous awards for his teaching. He has been awarded an Honorary American FFA Degree, Honorary State FFA Degree, Governor's Award for North Carolina Wildlife Federation State Safety Instructor of the Year and he was a two-time Teacher of the Year at R.J Reynolds High School, where he taught for 32 years.
"I enjoyed seeing students develop an identity with agricultural education and FFA," Perryman said when talking about his favorite part of teaching. "It was like they found a home away from home. Their sense of purpose in agricultural education and FFA carried over into their performance in their academic courses."
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Prior to serving 10 years as the CTE coordinator for Botetourt County Public Schools in Fincastle, Virginia, Lisa Barnett was a business teacher at both Salem High School and Lord Botetourt High School for a total of 20 years. Influenced by her experience as both an educator and administrator, she decided to join the CEV Multimedia team as a CTE Curriculum Consultant because, as she puts it, “This resource is amazing! I wish I’d have known about it when I was a teacher and coordinator.”
Through the years, Barnett taught numerous subjects including, Keyboarding, Business Law, Economics and Personal Finance, Computer Applications and Desktop Publishing. In her supervisory role over CTE, she assisted CTE teachers with purchasing curriculum resources and state equipment in order to make learning experiences for students more engaging and life-long.
“I’m very grateful that I had the opportunity to meet and serve as many people as I did throughout my career,” Barnett said. “An educator has an opportunity to meet so many more people than the average person, and all you can pray for is that you made a positive impact through your service.”