Agricultural educator Corinne Wengelewski is one of 41 individuals nationwide who received the Teachers Turn the Key Award, given Dec. 7 at the National Association of Agricultural Educators annual convention in Las Vegas.
The Teachers Turn the Key award program brings together agricultural educators with four or fewer years of experience and immerses them in three days of professional development that addresses issues specific to the early years of a teaching career. Participants also have the opportunity to become involved in NAAE leadership and network with other NAAE convention attendees. TTTK awardees come away from the experience with a long-lasting peer cohort and tools that will help them have successful careers as agricultural educators.
Wengelewski has been teaching since 2001, and in that short time she has received the Safety and Community Development Grant from Alliance Pipeline and the Illinois FFA Foundation, and the $10,000 Improving Your Agriculture Education Program Grant from the Illinois Facilitating Coordination in Agricultural Education (FCAE). She used the grants to purchase 30 classroom laptops for her previous school, Indian Creek High. She now teaches at Manteno High School.
“[Wengelewski] is passionate to students of all needs and backgrounds, she is very caring towards all people within our community, and she has done a wonderful job shaping our programming to meet our students’ needs while maintaining focus on the current trends in agriculture,” Sarah Montgomery, Indian Creek High School principal, said in a news release.
Each of the TTTK winners received a scholarship to cover convention registration and travel, participated in a specially designed professional development track, and were recognized at a general session. RAM Trucks sponsors the TTTK program as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.
NAAE is the professional organization in the United States for agricultural educators. It provides its nearly 8,000 members with professional networking and development opportunities, professional liability coverage, and extensive awards and recognition programs.