From left to right: Lauren Corry, FFA; Wendi Mizer Stachler, honoree; Ryan McCoart, Assistant Dean of Instruction - Great Oaks; Ashley Rose, Ohio Farm Bureau; John Wilber, Wilber-Price Insurance Group; Harry Snyder, President and CEO - Great Oaks; Shawnda Vega, Nationwide; Robert Enochs, Miami Trace High School Principal.
Wendi Mizer Stachler, agricultural teacher at Great Oaks, Miami Trace High School, was recognized as a finalist in Nationwide's Golden Owl Awards during a surprise school assembly.
Wendi Mizer Stachler, an agricultural teacher at Great Oaks, Miami Trace High School FFA program in Washington Court House, is one of 10 finalists in Ohio for Ag Educator of the Year through Nationwide’s Golden Owl Award. This award recognizes the tremendous contributions of agricultural teachers in California, Illinois, Iowa, Ohio and Pennsylvania in preparing the next generation of young people for successful careers in agriculture.
Nominations for Mizer Stachler described her dedication to the growth and success of the agricultural education department in the school district. One nominator wrote that Mizer Stachler, "is always willing to help students from other schools and chapters, not just her own. She impacted me and motivated me to become an Agricultural Educator myself."
Across the five states, 32 finalists will be presented with a $500 cash prize and entered into a final selection stage for the chance to be selected as their state’s Ag Educator of the Year. In spring 2020, one finalist from each state will be chosen as the grand-prize winner and will receive the designation of Ag Educator of the Year, a $3,000 Nationwide-funded cash award designed to support continued education efforts, and the coveted Golden Owl Award trophy.