Jacob Ball, a teacher at Locust Trace AgriScience Center (Fayette County), has successfully completed the annual National Agriscience Teachers Ambassador Academy in Phoenix. He joins 369 other teachers from across the country who have earned the distinction of Agriscience Teacher Ambassador after the highly competitive process.
The academy is a professional development institute managed by the National Association of Agricultural Educators. This summer, Ball learned more about inquiry-based teaching methods and how to draw out the science already present in many agriculture topics. The academy is designed to energize teachers and make them comfortable enriching their classes when they return home.
Ball, who is dually certified in agriculture and biology, teaches food science and animal science courses and advises the Future Farmers of America chapter at Locust Trace. He is also active in the Kentucky Association of Agricultural Educators, Kentucky Association for Career and Technical Education, Kentucky Master Agriculture Teacher Seminar and Kentucky Farm Bureau. Last fall, he was selected by the Association for Career and Technical Education as its national New Teacher of the Year.