2015 Conservation Farmer of the Year

Pat Earle

Pat Earle was recognized as the 2015 Conservationist of the Year for his committment to mentoring agriculture students at McBee High School.
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Pat Earle is recognized as the 2015 Conservationist of the Year

Pat Earle is a graduate of McBee High School and has been the sole agricultural educator there for almost 30 years. He has been a member of South Carolina Association of Agricultural Educators and NAAE since 1987. During this time he served as a regional vice president for NAAE and as president of SCAAE.
 As the South Carolina Legislative Liaison for agricultural education, Earle launched a bill to fund renovations to the South Carolina FFA Leadership Center. He has been awarded SCAAE Outstanding Teacher five times since 1993, and has also been recognized as SCAAE Distinguished Teacher of the Year. The successes of his students are a credit to his outstanding work in the classroom – his FFA chapter earned the South Carolina FFA Governor's Citation, recognizing the Chapter as one of the top three in SC, sixteen times in the last 20 years.

He has also had 14 students serve as one of six South Carolina State FFA Officers elected each year.

His lifetime dedication to education led to Earle being one of five teachers selected for the National Teacher’s Hall of Fame in Emporia, Kan. in 2011. He was only the second teacher from South Carolina, and the first agricultural educator to receive the honor. Earle was included in the book “American Teacher; Heroes in the Classroom” and gave the only agricultural educator’s perspective out of 50 teachers interviewed.

This award is one more recognition of his life’s work as an educator and an advocate for agricultural education.