Daniel Bustle, an agriculture teacher at Locust Trace AgriScience Center (Fayette County), is among 21 individuals nationwide selected to participate in the 2018-2019 XLR8 Institute – a professional learning program that began at the National Association of Agricultural Educators annual convention in San Antonio.
The XLR8 program helps those in their seventh to 15th years of teaching to deal with common issues that lead to them leaving the profession, such as burnout, work/life balance and stagnant professional growth. The goal is to accelerate their careers through year-long professional learning via virtual experiences, online collaboration and social media tools.
“XLR8 is designed for mid-career agriculture teachers to help them mentor younger teachers and become active in their professional associations,” Bustle said. “Through my participation, I hope that I can become a better teacher leader and continue to develop my passion for teaching youth in our nation’s largest industry.”
Bustle has 10 years of experience, including six at Locust Trace, where he teaches floral design, greenhouse, agriscience and introduction to agriculture classes.