Bradley McKinney, agriculture teacher at Rowan County Senior High School, was recently named the Kentucky Agriculture Teacher of the Year during a special ceremony at the 90th annual State FFA Convention in Lexington, Kentucky. The award is a joint project of the Kentucky FFA Foundation and the Kentucky Association of Agricultural Educators. It is sponsored by Ken and Brenda Reed.
Each region is eligible to nominate one teacher for this award. A committee chooses the Teacher of the Year recipient from these regional winners. All regional and state winners receive cash prizes and are recognized at the State FFA Convention.
Before coming to Rowan County Senior High School, Brad McKinney worked as agriculture teacher at Todd Central High School. During his years as a teacher, he has worked to provide high-quality classroom instruction, relevant hands-on learning opportunities, and the skills needed by students to succeed in life. His students have developed leadership and teamwork skills through the FFA and have been able to explore careers through work-based learning projects.
In addition to his work locally, McKinney been a leader the Kentucky Association of Agricultural Educators. He has served as a Regional Teacher Chair and is currently serving as State President-Elect. He has served as a teacher mentor for new agriculture education teachers and has supervised several student teachers.
According to State FFA Advisor Brandon K. Davis, “Bradley McKinney has been a leader both inside his classroom and across the state of Kentucky. He has been a great resource for both pre-service and beginning teachers. We appreciate his leadership and congratulate him on this achievement.”
McKinney will now represent Kentucky in the Outstanding Member Contest of the National Association of Agricultural Educators.