KDE staff member honored as outstanding agriculture education staff member

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Curt Lucas, an agriculture program consultant and state FFA advisor in the Kentucky Department of Education’s (KDE’s) Career- and College-Readiness Branch, has been named Outstanding National Association of Supervisors of Agricultural Education (NASAE) Member.

The award was presented Oct. 19 at the NASAE Annual Conference in Indianapolis.

NASAE annually recognizes a member who has made outstanding contributions over the years to agricultural education state supervision. The purpose of the award is to recognize and encourage superior contributions to the field of supervision in agricultural education.

Nominations may be made by any active member of the association, and eligible nominees include all current NASAE members who have maintained consistent membership in the association.

Lucas was nominated by Pete Dreisbach and Matt Chaliff, fellow agriculture program consultants in the Career and College Readiness Branch at KDE. In the nomination, Dreisbach and Chaliff noted Lucas’ many contributions to the field of agriculture education.

“Because of a lifetime career of achievement and distinction and dedication to agricultural education, and specifically in his work as a supervisor of Agricultural Education, Mr. C. Curt Lucas is certainly more than worthy of the recognition provided by the Outstanding NASAE Member Award,” wrote Dreisbach and Chaliff. “He has, for years, provided leadership for academic programs such as the KDE Virtual Learning Team, School to Work efforts, High Schools That Work, teaching and learning conferences, and more.”

Lucas, a resident of Liberty in Casey County, has been employed by KDE since 1982. Prior to his employment at KDE, he was an agriculture education teacher at Boone County High School. He is a National FFA Board of Directors member and trustee representing the NASAE Eastern Region; a career member of NASAE; a member of the Kentucky Farm Bureau Board of Directors; and a member of the Kentucky Association of Agricultural Education, among other affiliations.

The National Association of Supervisors of Agricultural Education is a professional organization established to provide members with information essential for planning and conducting high-quality agricultural education programs. NASAE members are professionally engaged in the administration and/or supervision of career education in agriculture on the district, area, state and national levels.

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