By ROBERT S. MERRILL
Preston High School’s Larin Crossley has received a nationwide Outstanding Teacher Award for his efforts as an agricultural instructor and will get to drive a new Toyota Tundra for two years as part of the recognition.
Crossley is one of only six individuals nationwide who received the National Association of Agricultural Educators Outstanding Teacher Award. It was presented to him and his wife, Becky, on Nov. 28 at the NAAE annual convention in Atlanta.
Crossley has been teaching agriculture for 20 years. Since he has been teaching at Preston High School, the program has seen increased student enrollment, added another full-time agriculture instructor and moved into a new facility. The program also added courses in greenhouse and horticulture.
In 1993 local school district officials were thinking about eliminating agriculture courses in Preston, according to Crossley.
“Jim Summers, my mentor and a long-time ag instructor at West Side School District in Dayton, and a state FFA supervisor discussed with the school board the importance of continuing the program here,” Crossley said. “They agreed and obviously I’m glad they did.”
“Since that time we’ve increased our enrollment from 75 students to 330. We’ve increased our enrollment in FFA from 35 to 110. Five years ago we hired Josh Evans as a part-time instructor. Two years ago he was hired full time.”
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