New Richmond High School Agriculture Instructor Rachel Sauvola honored for outstanding dedication, innovation and engagement in the classroom
Eau Claire, Wis. (December 9, 2019) – New Richmond High School Agriculture Instructor Rachel Sauvola has been named 2019 CTE Champion by Realityworks, Inc. She was presented with the award at the National Association for Agriculture Educators’ 2019 convention in Anaheim, California on December 6.
“A CTE Champion is someone who is leading CTE in the right direction, engaging students and helping to create brighter futures for our workforce,” said Realityworks Product Manager Jamey McIntosh, who presented Sauvola with the award on December 6. “Having visited her classroom and spoken to her students and her administrators, it’s clear that Rachel demonstrates all of these qualities.”
This is not the first time Sauvola has been recognized for the remarkable ways in which she engages students in agriculture programs and helps them develop in-demand job skills. She is a 2014 National Association of Agriculture Educators Teacher of the Year Award Recipient, and her Western Wisconsin agriculture program is nationally recognized. In the almost two decades that she has taught in New Richmond, she has guided students in hatching shark eggs in the school’s aquaculture lab as an SAE project, growing and planting more than 40,000 native prairie plants into local prairie beds, developing a 20-acre Student Opportunities with Agricultural Resources Educational Center that offers hands-on learning opportunities in all aspects of farming, and establishing a self-sustaining greenhouse that aids in the production of farm-to-table fare Sauvola sells into the school lunch program.
These opportunities have resulted in a 350% increase in large and small animal class enrollment in the last 5 years alone, and annually increasing enrollment numbers in every agriculture course offered at the high school.
“If you can’t get kids fired up about what you’re teaching, then there won’t be any kids in your classes – and after a while, there won’t be any classes,” said Sauvola, who was presented with a plaque and a $2,000 Realityworks product voucher. “I am honored to be thought of as a leader in CTE, and I know my students and I will spend this award wisely on our wish list items.”
Realityworks’ CTE Champion award is awarded to educators in programs related to Welding & Trade Skills, Family & Consumer Sciences, Agriculture and Health Science.
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