Mary Hoffmann, Sleepy Eye Ag. Teacher, attended the National Association Agricultural Educators (NAAE) Conference December 6-9, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. This four day professional development conference was attended by Agricultural Instructors from across nation. While in attendance, Hoffmann was able to attend the National Association of Career and Technical Education (ACTE) Conference as well.
Hoffmann served as the Region III NAAE Secretary this past year. While at the conference in Nashville, Hoffmann attended board meetings, awards lunches and dinners, committee meetings, and assisted in running the Region III meetings. Hoffmann also attended many professional development workshops and assisted with general sessions.
At the conference, Hoffmann was elected to the position of Region III Vice President. For this position on the NAAE Board, Hoffmann will represent all of the Region III Ag. Teachers in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, South Dakota, North Dakota, and Nebraska. She will also be the board consultant for the Policy & Bylaws Committee, run the Region III Conference meetings, and attend NAAE Board meetings and functions. There are six regions in the NAAE, each being made of up states grouped by geographic area.
“It is an honor to be chosen to lead and represent Region III Ag Teachers in the NAAE Organization. This organization is essential to Ag. Teachers and I am looking forward to my three years of service as Vice President. The profession of Agricultural Education is facing several challenges including a shortage of Ag. Teachers and burnout. It is my hope to come up with ways to improve teacher retention as well as a plan for recruiting more students to choose Ag. Education as a future career.” Hoffmann says.
“It is an excellent opportunity to attend a National Conference and learn from others in the same profession. It’s great to expand my network of Ag. connections and resources to teachers across the nation. I come back from a conference like this refreshed and with new ideas to implement into my classroom!” Hoffmann says.
Sleepy Eye lost a famous “son” last week with the passing of Ralph Jon Fritz who grew up in the community. On his famous WCCO-TV program “Out ‘N About with RJ Fritz” he visited the area to do a story called “Town Ball Memories”. VIEW VIDEO>>>
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Sleepy Eye St. Mary’s High School Class of 2002 held their 15 year class reunion on September 29, 2017, at the Railway Bar and Grill in Sleepy Eye. Pictured in the front row (left): Geri (Carr) Pelzel, Sleepy Eye; Shelley (Eckstein) Doyle, Edina; Allison (Braun) Hazuka, New Ulm; Jamie (Eickhoff) Schauman, Sleepy Eye; Ashley (Mathiowetz) Schieffert, Sleepy Eye; Rachel (Mathiowetz) Kucera, Sleepy Eye and Sarah (Haala) Hinderman, Sleepy Eye. Back row: Clint Mack, Jordan; Dustin Mangen, Sleepy Eye; Chad Armbruster, Sleepy Eye and Andrew Wagner, Sleepy Eye.
St. Mary’s Knights of Columbus rallied up a crew to help the Sellner Bros. harvest their beans on Thursday, October 19. Pictured here lending a helping hand are (front row left): Rick Mages, Mark Marti, Phil Sellner, Mike Sellner, Kevin Braulick, Randy Braulick, Sam Seidl, Suzanne Kral, Kyle Remus, Dave Haala, Gerald P. Sellner, Scott Peterson and Neil Mangen. Back row: Scott Haala, Matt Ibberson, Ken Lux, Dean Ibberson, Dave Remus and Brian Braun.
Sleepy Eye St. Mary’s Class of 1962 held their 55 year reunion on Saturday, September 30, 2017, at the Sleepy Eye Golf Club. Pictured in the front row (left): Elaine (Schueller) Berdan, Burnsville; Sr. Clara Marie Schotzko, Rochester; Donna Mae (Suess) Scofield, Backus; Bernadette (Riederer) Johnson, Montevideo; Phyllis (Thul) Heinrich, Elk River; Diane (Schroepfer) Heiderscheidt, Sleepy Eye; Marian (Boettger) Altmann, New Ulm; Phyllis (Helget) Sellner, Kasota; Marilyn (Hoffmann) Hulke, Courtland and Annette (Hillesheim) Helget, Hanska. Second row: Tom Haala, New Ulm; Marlene (Riederer) Johnson, New Ulm; Lois (Huiras) Hines, Alexandria; Karen (Klein) Huettl, North Mankato; Carol (Gulbrandson) Fischer, Rogers; Judy (Johnson) Goblirsch, Bloomington; John Krambeer, Richfield; Franklin Johnson, Waseca; Paul Hoffman, Hanska; Jerome Mathiowetz, Morgan and Alice (Huiras) Hillesheim, Sleepy Eye. Back row: Jerry Piehl, Sleepy Eye; Gerald Sellner, Sleepy Eye; Don Hirsch, Sleepy Eye; John Zschetzsche, Mountain Lake; Don Haala, Sleepy Eye; Ronald Krzmarzick, Maplewood; Anthony Krzmarzick, Coon Rapids; Don Mathiowetz, Springfield; Jim Ries, Jackson; Maurice Gent, Bowlus; Gary Goblirsch, Bloomington; Darrel Helget, Saint James; Robert Bruckbauer, Remer and Richard Zinniel, Sleepy Eye.