California Department of Education Update: June 2021

By: Charles Parker, California Department of Education, State FFA Advisor

I wish to extend a big thank you to the 2020-2021 State FFA Officers (Dean, Emma, Mia, Reese, Taylor and Maico) for electing to spend a year serving the FFA in California. Their dedication and commitment to providing quality experiences to FFA members was heartwarming. With every challenge, they created opportunities. At every opportunity, they ensured that the focus was on the local members. At every event, they worked hard to provide meaningful experiences. I believe that we are placed in positions for a purpose and this team is no exception. They were the right individuals and the right team to lead California FFA during the Pandemic. These six young men and women will be missed. But, I know they are headed off to college where they will find new passions and new ways to demonstrate their servant leadership. Best of luck to each of them.

In addition to the work of the officers, a special thank you goes out to Mr. Dane White. Dane is a resilient individual who provided the leadership needed during a difficult time. His ability to focus on the local members is what allowed students to find opportunities for success. I am proud that Mr. White is part of our team. 

The entire staff of Jill, JessaLee, Shay, Greg, Jackie, Hugh and Dane are to be commended for the commitment they have for agricultural education. Each day they rise with the desire to be helpful. It is through their determination that opportunities existed for teachers. I am lucky to be able to work with such an outstanding group of individuals.

I raise my glass of water in a toast to the end of 2020-2021 and the beginning of 2021-2022. May we remember what we have learned over the past year so that we do not allow history to repeat itself. And, may we elect to move forward with a new hope and excitement.

Additional Announcements:

New CEO of National FFA and National FFA Foundation Named

Scott Stump was chosen as the next CEO of the National FFA Organization and National FFA Foundation. Scott is no stranger to FFA or Agricultural Education. He was an agriculture teacher, worked with National FFA and served as the State Supervisor in Colorado. In addition, he was the COO of Vivayic, Inc. and most recently served as the Assistant Secretary of Career, Technical and Adult Education for the U. S. Department of Education. Scott will begin his duties at FFA beginning June 21.

National FFA Convention

Convention Town Hall webinars are scheduled for early June to help teachers/advisors prepare for the upcoming National FFA Convention & Expo. The webinars will be hosted by Mandy Hazlett, National FFA Associate Director of Conventions & Events, along with other events team members. A town hall for teachers/advisors will be held on Thursday, June 10 at either 9 a.m. EDT or 7:30 p.m. EDT. The town halls will be recorded and shared for those who are unable to attend. Details on how to register and submit questions will be released the first week of June.

Awards and Recognition

For the latest information on awards and recognition, visit Use this page for an overview of event timelines, including when finalists will be announced and when event-specific orientation packets will become available. This page also includes updates for: 

  • Agricultural Proficiency Awards
  • Agriscience Fair
  • American FFA Degree
  • American Star Awards
  • Career and Leadership Development Events
  • Honorary Awards
  • National Chapter Awards

Should any questions arise, do not hesitate to reach out to a Regional Supervisor, Mr. White or myself. If we do not have an answer, we will find the individual who does.

Enjoy your summer!

For more information about the California Agricultural Teachers’ Association, visit

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s