Paul Heasley, 2011 Agriscience Award

Written by on September 15, 2011 in 2011, Agriscience Award, Educator

Paul Heasley

Paul Heasley

State College Area School District
State College, Pennsylvania

The Christopher Columbus Fellowship Foundation and the American Farm Bureau Federation are honored to have awarded the achievements of the 2011 $10,000 Agriscience Educator’s Award Columbus Scholar.

Mr. Paul Heasley has taught Agricultural Sciences in grades 9th – 12th for 30 years. The program’s courses are grouped in Career Paths including: Ag Mechanics, Animal Science, Natural Resources, and Plant Sciences. A senior year option includes a “Dual Enrollment” with The Pennsylvania State University’s (PSU) College of Agricultural Sciences and 18 different Agricultural Science courses provided on campus or through the World Campus. The program has active chapters in the FFA and Young Farmers.

Mr. Heasley also has instructed pre-service students in Agricultural and Extension Education for the past 14 years through the Professional and Personal Development Center at PSU. He has earned many teaching awards including national finalist in the National FFA Organization’s “Agricultural Science Teacher” of the year in 2009.

He and his students presented their biofuels project to the Association of Career and Technical Educators’ Congressional Caucus on “Growing Greener.” A Glycerin Whitetail Deer Feeding study with PSU’s Whitetail Deer research facility lead to a patent investigation and will conclude this summer.

The Christopher Columbus Fellowship Foundation is honored to have had the assistance of the following distinguished individuals serving on the 2011 Agriscience Awards Evaluation Committee:

  • Robert W. Clark, Ph.D.
    Professional Personnel Development Center
    Workforce Education & Development Program
    Penn State University
    University Park, Pennsylvania
  • Gary Matteson
    VP Young, Beginning, Small Farmer
    Programs and Outreach
    The Farm Credit Council
    Washington, D.C.
  • Meghan Mueseler
    Cargill, Inc.
    Wichita, Kansas
  • Pat Earle
    McBee High School
    McBee, South Carolina


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