ACTE Techniques March 2014 - (Page 14)
Q and A
An Interview With Tara Berescik,
the 2014 ACTE Teacher of the Year
Photo courtesy of Las Vegas Photo and Video
Tara Berescik was named the 2014 ACTE Teacher of the Year at ACTE's
CareerTech VISION 2013. Tara is an agriculture teacher and FFA adviser
at Tri-Valley Central School District in Grahamsville, New York.
ACTE: How did agriculture
become your passion? Tell us a bit
about your background.
TB: Growing up I wanted to be a
veterinarian, and I focused my efforts
and energy on that goal. In high school I
began working for a veterinarian to get my
hours and develop needed skills. I graduated from high school with honors and was
accepted to Virginia Tech to study animal
science in the College of Agriculture and
In college I volunteered at the Virginia
Tech Beef Barn, learning how to break
and train their Angus cattle for shows. The
major turning point, though, was getting
involved in Sigma Alpha Sorority at Tech.
The members loved agriculture and I
listened to them talk about their histories.
Their passion was contagious. I began to
volunteer at local schools and worked with
the Agriculture in the Classroom program,
where I had my first taste of teaching. I
was hooked. I graduated in the fall of 1998
with my Bachelor's in Animal and Poultry
Science and immediately began a Master's
in Vocational and Technical Education at
Tech. Fast forward two years to June 2000
when I found out about a job at Tri-Valley.
I applied and was hired and have been
there ever since! My passion is so great
because I know that there is nothing that
someone who wants to work hard cannot
accomplish with CTE!
ACTE: You are a mentor to many
of your students, both present and
past. Who were your mentors?
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of ACTE Techniques March 2014
Q and A
Advocacy: A Dedicated Task
Actions Inspired by Words
Advocacy Saves the Day
Advocacy: The Gift That Keeps on Giving
Backyard Advocacy: How Local Business Partners Can Help
Top Five Local Advocacy Tips for Success
Solving the STEM Education Puzzle One Piece at a Time
ACTE Techniques March 2014