By Eryka Lepper
Atwater FFA Reporter
Merced Union High School District and Atwater High School’s agriculture instructor and FFA advisor Kayvlyn Davenport was recognized by the California Agricultural Teachers’ Association (CATA) with the “2019 Outstanding Young Teacher” award during a recent conference and awards ceremony held at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.
The award recognizes an outstanding young teacher (5-7 years of service) for their participation and leadership in civic, community, agriculture. agribusiness, and professional activities.
Kaylyn Davenport’s father Phil Schiber was a former Atwater High School agriculture instructor when Kaylyn was a child. She grew up influenced by his passion for the job and his working with students. This inspired her at a young age to follow in his footsteps. She attended Atwater High School as a student and was a very involved agriculture and FFA student. As an agriculture teacher at Atwater High School, Kaylyn has focused on building and expanding the school’s floral program. She has coached three state champion FFA judging teams including a national championship.
Kaylyn’s future goals are to expand student Supervised Agriculture Experience (SAE’s) opportunities which is a component of the agriculture education 3-circle model of classroom/lab, leadership, and hands-on application of skills (SAE’s) in an agriculture skill areas.
Kaylyn’s advice to new teachers is to “ask questions”! She appreciates the California Agriculture Teachers’ Association for their encouragement towards collaboration and mentoring among colleagues. “Utilizing the experience and wisdom of experienced teachers creates a culture of growth,” says Davenport. “I enjoy the opportunity to work with my coworkers and create a culture of making a positive impact on our students.”
For more information on the Atwater High School Agriculture Department and Atwater FFA, please log on the website www.AtwaterFFA.org