In a recent ceremony at Deer Park High School, science/agriculture teacher and FFA advisor Erica Whitmore was presented with the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) 2017 Teacher of the Year award. The VFW Teacher of the Year award recognizes exceptional teachers for their outstanding commitment to their profession, but also for their efforts to foster a sense of Americanism and patriotism in their students. Each year, an elementary, middle school, and high school teacher are chosen for this award and honored for their work with kids; the local honorees are considered for a national award presented to three teachers teach spring. Congratulations Mrs. Whitmore!

Mrs. Whitmore completed her Bachelors of Science degree at Washington State University and went on to get her Masters of Agriculture Science in 2013, also from WSU. After beginning her teaching career in Kendrick, Idaho, she returned to Washington, teaching in for Odessa 6 years, finally landing in Deer Park in 2014. Her work at Deer Park High School has included teaching horticulture (CASE Plant Science), agriculture leadership, floral design, agriculture biology and physical science. Mrs. Whitmore spends countless hours outside the school day performing her duties as Deer Park’s FFA advisor and is a strong and capable voice for agriculture education in our state and nation.

FFA, the acronym for Future Farmers of America, is an organization that takes on a broad educational focus around agriculture businesses, plant science, and industry-related technology. In accordance with its federal charter, the National FFA Organization oversees a three-pronged, school-based agricultural education program that relies on FFA advisors to prepare high school students for more than 300 careers with the country’s largest job-generating industry.

We are incredibly proud of the work to Mrs. Whitmore does with kids here Deer Park and know that she is so very deserving of this award!




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