John Poulson, agriculture teacher at Pettisville High School, is the 2018-19 Golden Owl Award grand-prize winner and is recognized as the Ohio Ag Educator of the Year.
The award recognizes Poulson’s substantial contributions on future industry leaders of agriculture education. He has mentored fellow agriculture professionals and made lifelong impacts on his students during his 38 years in the profession.
He was also recognized this year by the Ohio Association of Agricultural Educators with the Teacher Mentor Award.
“This award represents the entire Pettisville community because it takes a team effort to teach our students,” Poulson said. “It’s very positive for our future that Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau recognize the efforts of all the agriculture teachers across Ohio.”
The award was presented during the Recognition Luncheon of the Ohio Future Farmers of America (FFA) State Convention. Nationwide established the Golden Owl Award to honor teachers and support them with additional resources to assist their continued educational efforts. Alongside the trophy, Poulson will receive $3,000 to further develop programs to provide optimal student learning.
“We’re proud to recognize and support outstanding teachers like John Poulson for their dedication to agriculture education,” said Brad Liggett, president of agribusiness for Nationwide. “Throughout his career, John has inspired the next generation of agriculture leaders and we are honored to award his nearly four decades of service.”
Nine other finalists received a $500 cash prize to support their continued education efforts.