EARLE IS NATIONAL FINALIST AS OUTSTANDING RURAL EDUCATOR
W. Pat Earle, Agricultural Education Instructor at McBee High School, has been named a finalist in the National Rural Educator Recognition Program for 2007, according to John W. Parris, state director of public affairs with the SC Agricultural Educators Association.
A graduate of Wingate College with an Associate Science Degree in Agriculture, Earle earned a BS Degree in Agricultural Education and an MS Degree in Animal Science at Clemson University. He began his teaching career in 1980 as an Agronomy Instructor at the Florence-Darlington Technical College where he served as head of the department from 1983-1987.
Earle was named the Agricultural Education Instructor at McBee High School in 1987 following his father, E.B. Earle, who had held that position for 41 years.
Recognized as one of the nation’s outstanding Agricultural Education Instructors, Pat Earle has established an enviable record of accomplishments as advisor of the McBee FFA Chapter. He has been recognized as the Outstanding Agricultural Educator in South Carolina and the Outstanding Young Agricultural Educator in the southern states. A recipient of the prestigious Honorary American FFA Degree, Mr. Earle has served as chairman of the SC FFA Association Board of Directors and president of the SC Agricultural Educators Association.
“As a national finalist, Mr. Earle is recognized as one of the top six rural educators in the nation,” Mr. Parris said. “This is a tremendous honor to come to McBee High School and the Agricultural Education program in South Carolina,” he added.
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