A Cherokee County School District teacher has earned national recognition for her work in career education.

Creekview High School teacher Pauline Benton, who leads the school’s successful Career Pathway agriculture program, is the FFA National Teacher Ambassador for Georgia.

The Ambassador program offers the Nation’s top agriculture teachers the opportunity to receive additional professional development and share their best practices with fellow educators from across the country to further improve education for all students.

“Our Ambassadors play an important role for us – not only by sharing information out in the field, but also by sharing with us the challenges our teachers and advisors face every day,” Christine White, chief program officer for the National FFA Organization, said. “Through this program, we hope to equip teachers with the tools they need to be successful in not only developing future leaders, but also in telling their stories.”

Benton has grown the school’s program to expand into more fields of study, with construction now underway on a new building to house more classes and hands-on learning activities. Students learn skills in preparation for a wide range of agriculture careers, from large animal veterinary science to the mechanical and welding techniques needed to keep farm equipment operating, and can achieve certification in specific areas, such as egg candling.

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said career education plays an important part in ensuring that every CCSD student graduates from high school future ready.

“We’re so proud of Ms. Benton for this honor, which is a result of her tireless dedication to providing the best career education and preparation possible for her students,” he said. “Agriculture remains an important industry in Cherokee County and the region, and the skills she teaches her students give them greater opportunities for future success.”

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