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Q and A An Interview with Tony Brannon Tony Brannon was named Outstanding Career and Technical Educator at ACTE's CareerTech VISION 2013. Brannon is the dean of the Hutson School of Agriculture at Murray State University (MSU) in Kentucky. Photo courtesy of Las Vegas Photo and Video ACTE: Congratulations on your award. How does it feel? TB: When I was younger, my theory was that they just gave these types of awards to someone who had been around a long time who they wished would retire. As I received this award, I guess that proved that theory. Seriously, I am extremely humbled to be honored by my peers, and especially so since it comes from the Ag Ed and CTE professions. As I said in my acceptance speech, this award makes me feel like a turtle on top of a fence post: I'm glad to be where I am, but I realize that I didn't get there by myself. I owe so much to so many who have helped me through the years. ACTE: Tell us about your background. TB: I was born and raised on a diversiTennessee, and served as a state FFA of- four of the best years of my life teaching high school vocational agriculture (Ag Ed) nessee. I was blessed to be able to return department chair, academic coordinator 14 Techniques February 2014 and now dean (since 2004). ACTE: You lead by the motto: "Academic education isn't education unless it is vocational, and vocational education isn't education unless it is academic." Please explain. TB: Sec. of Education Arne Duncan use my quote in his speech at the awards banquet. "vocational" program was-like so many other vocational/CTE programs-in a building "out back," and the connotation was that there wasn't much "academic" education going on back there. When we would have in-service, they would separate the vocational teachers from the academic teachers. Frankly, there wasn't a great understanding of or appreciation for vocational education between the teachers and administrators. One day while I was teaching landmeasuring calculations to my sophomore class by using geometric-area calculation formulas, one of the students had the ultimate "come apart" in his seat. He was so excited his desk was bouncing up or something, and I asked him what was wrong. He replied, "This geometry ... it makes sense now!" You see, I had for the

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of ACTE Techniques February 2014

Leading Edge
Classroom Connection
Leadership Matters
Capitol View
Q and A
Celebrating CTE's Successes
Celebrating One of CTE's Strongest Advocates
Hell Hath No Fury Like a Tornado Spawned
Rebuilding With Education
Making CTE Work Through CTSOs
The Power of CTSOs
A Recap of ACTE's CareerTech Vision 2013
Using Tests to Improve Student Achievement
Ground Source Heat Pumps: From Green to Gold
Inside ACTE
Career Curve

ACTE Techniques February 2014