WIU Agriculture Alumnus Named Nationwide Train Ag Champion
October 8, 2021
MACOMB, IL – Western Illinois College Faculty of Agriculture Alumnus Riley Hintzsche has been named a Nationwide Affiliation of Agricultural Educators (NAAE) Train Ag Champion.
Hintzsche, a Streator Township Excessive Faculty agriculture instructor, and FFA chapter advisor, graduated from WIU in 2014, with a level in agriculture training. He’s one in all three agriculture academics nationwide to win the consideration this 12 months. Lecturers have been chosen primarily based on their ardour and dedication to reworking agricultural training right into a extra inclusive and various occupation, whereas cultivating the subsequent era of leaders, downside solvers, entrepreneurs and agriculturalists.
“It is really excellent to being named a Nationwide Train Ag Champion by the Nationwide Affiliation of Agricultural Educators,” stated Hintzsche. “I began my profession at Streator Township Excessive Faculty, contemporary out of WIU. Once I began, there was lots I did not learn about myself and lots I used to be struggling to seek out. Streator embraced that wrestle, and allowed me to do what I may to seek out myself.”
Hintzsche stated as a part of the 2021 awards, the NAAE targeted on academics who’re inclusive and various within the classroom and the group.
“It is essential for all academics to grasp the place they’re within the steps of inclusion and variety, after which incorporate the suitable steps to personal that classroom that permits college students to really feel included,” he stated. “There is no such thing as a handbook, there is no such thing as a step-by-step process for everybody. It merely comes all the way down to being a great human and understanding that each scholar has a wrestle that we’ve got to embrace, identical to I used to be embraced after I got here to Streator.”
Hintzsche stated as a member of the LGBTQ group, and instructing agriculture, he was informed many occasions that he it might restrict him in reaching his instructing objectives.
“The unhappy factor is, I believed so many individuals,” he stated. “At this time, my aim is to offer that inclusive area for my college students so they do not reside by means of the identical struggles I did. You are able to do something, something in any respect, even if you happen to wrestle to get there. I usually inform my college students, ‘Be you, as a result of that’s highly effective.'”
Hintzsche stated he’s grateful for Streator Township Excessive Faculty, which he stated he now calls his house.
“They taught me to unapologetic for being me and that’s what has taught me have one of the best instructing area,” he stated. “With out the individuals and college students that I’ve been in a position to work with, I would not be me and I by no means would have discovered be extra inclusive.”
Along with this nationwide award, Hintzsche and the Streator Township Excessive Faculty FFA chapter have acquired different state and nationwide honors. The chapter’s Meals Science Group represented the state on the 2019 Nationwide FFA Conference in Indianapolis, IN.
The Streator FFA chapter was additionally named a three-star program, the best rating an FFA chapter can obtain from the Nationwide FFA Group.
In August, Hintzsche was named a finalist for the Excellent Early Profession Instructor Award by the NAAE.
For extra details about the WIU Faculty of Agriculture, go to wiu.edu/ag.