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Idaho Vocational Agriculture Teachers Association

IVATA is the professional organization for agriculture and natural resource instructors in the state of Idaho. Contact an IVATA leader by selecting their name to generate an email Email below.

2013-2014 IVATA Officer TeamIVATA Officers 12-13

President, Val Johnson, Madison

President-Elect, Joe Blackstock, Kuna

Secretary, Trent VanLeuven, Meridian

Secretary-Elect, Nicole Lebsack, Jerome

Executive Treasurer, Alan Heikkila, Meridian
Contact Mr. Heikkila for all membership information

Legislative Liaison, Shawn Dygert, Kuna

CTEI Representative, Amy Nichols, Parma

Past-President, Pat Dixon, Nampa

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Trent Van Leuven, Alan Heikkila, Val Johnson, Nicole Lebsack, Pat Dixon,
Nathan Low, and Shawn Dygert (unavilable for photo: Amy Nichols)

 

Directors from each of the nine FFA Districts in Idaho work with the IVATA officers as the executive board for the association. District Directors are elected on three year renewable terms by the teachers in each district.

District
Director School
Term Started
Term Expiration
Terms Served
North Idaho
Adam Ineck Bonners Ferry
2013
2015
1
Western Idaho
Kevin Barker New Plymouth
2010
2013
1
Boise Valley
Jack Blattner Meridian
2005
2015
4
North Magic Valley
Holly Church Wendell
2009
2015
2
South Magic Valley
Brian Wolf Filer
2009
2015
2
East Magic Valley
Marc Beitia American Falls
2008
2014
2
North Upper Snake River
Jason Bair Madison
2011
2014
1
South Upper Snake River
Cody Park Aberdeen
2009
2015
2
Southeast Idaho
Kevin Wells Bear Lake
2011
2014
1

Past officers of the IVATA (1947-Present)

Past national officers of the NVATA/NAAE

Idaho IVATA Award Winners at the National Level

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2002

Distinguished State Award

Outstanding Cooperation Award - Rick Waitley, President AMG

Upper Division Scholarship - Elizabeth Popheau and Erica Stelljes, University of Idaho

Future Teacher Scholarship - Shane Stevenson, Meridian

Lifetime Achievement Award - Fred Faulks, 1961-1996, Parma (retired)

 

2003

Distinguished State Award

Teachers Turn the Key Award - Erica Whitmore, Kendrick

Lifetime Achievement Award - Keith Hyatt, 1968-1975, Kuna and 1976-2002, Payette (retired)

 

2004

Distinguished State Award

Teachers Turn the Key Award - Jessica Stapleman, Aberdeen

Outstanding Cooperation Award - Ron Shopbell, College of Southern Idaho

 

2005

Distinguished State Award

Teachers Turn the Key Award - Justin Patten, Snake River

100% membership for pre-service teachers, University of Idaho

 

2006

Distinguished State Award

Outstanding Young Member Award - Justin Patten, Snake River

100% membership for pre-service teachers, University of Idaho

 

2007

Distinguished State Award

Teachers Turn the Key Award - Jesse Miller, Declo

Outstanding Cooperation Award - Idaho Rangeland Resource Commission

10% Award - Growth of over 10% in NAAE membership from the year prior

100% membership for pre-service teachers, University of Idaho

 

2008

Distinguished State Award

Teachers Turn the Key Award - Cami Schumann, Raft River

Upper Division Scholarship - Jaysa Fillmore, University of Idaho

Lifetime Achievement Award - Larry Church, 1968-1995 Vallivue and 1995-2003, Fruitland (retired)

 

2009

Professional State Award

Teachers Turn the Key Award - Travis Edwards, Kuna and Cody Park, Aberdeen

Outstanding Cooperation Award - NORCO, Boise

Ideas Unlimited Award - Janna Volkers, Nampa

100% membership for pre-service teachers, University of Idaho

Lifetime Achievement Award - Dr. John Mundt, 1967-1980, Meridian, 1980-1986, State Supervisor of Ag Education, and 1986-2002, University of Idaho (retired)

 

2010

Distinguished State Award

Teachers Turn the Key Award - Josh Evans, Preston

Outstanding Teacher Mentor Award - Sue Poland, Cambridge

 

2011

Professional State Award

 

2012

Outstanding Agriculture Education Teacher - Larin Crossley, Preston

Ideas Unlimited Award - Trent Van Leuven - Meridian

Professional State Award

 

 

Current State Level IVATA Award Winners

  • Outstanding Program - Meridian
  • Outstanding Teacher - Larin Crossley, Preston High School
  • Outstanding Young Teacher - Josh Evans, Preston High School
  • NORCO Inspirational Award - Jason Tindall, Notus High School
  • Ideas Unlimited Award - Trent Van Leuven, Meridian School District

Supporting and partner organizations of the IVATA

AAAEAmerican Association for Agricultural Education

CTEICareer and Technical Educators of Idaho

ACTEAssociation for Career and Technical Education

NAAENational Association of Agricultural Educators

Meetings and minutes of the IVATA