John Poulson, agriculture education teacher at Pettisville High School, has won the Golden Owl award, recognizing him as the Ohio Ag Educator of the Year.
The award includes a $500 cash prize to award finalists, plus $3,000 for the Pettisville ag education program. It was presented last month.
The award is designed to shed light on the importance of agricultural education and the contributions of teachers.
In a press release, company officials said Poulson has mentored fellow agriculture professionals and made lifelong impacts on his students during his 38 years in the profession.
He challenges his students to try something new, which has guided some to become agriculture educators themselves.
He also was 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… the efforts of all the agriculture teachers across Ohio (are recognized).”