The Golden Owl Award® recognizes outstanding agricultural educators in several states, including Ohio.

Nominate your favorite agricultural educator

Presented by Nationwide®, the Ohio FFA and the Ohio Farm Bureau®, the Golden Owl Award recognizes agricultural educators across Ohio for their tremendous contributions to helping the next generation of agricultural leaders. Students, fellow teachers and other supporters can nominate their favorite agricultural teacher and summarize what makes him or her the best in the state.

Nominees have an opportunity to win great cash prizes and the distinction of being Ohio's Agricultural Educator of the Year. Prizes include:

  • $500 and an engraved plaque for each of the ten honorees
  • $3,000 for the Golden Owl Award winner (Ohio Agricultural Educator of the Year)
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Nominate an outstanding agricultural educator July 1 through November 16, 2019.

Here's a look at Ohio's Golden Owl Award winners and honorees.

Ohio’s Agricultural Educator of the Year

John Poulson

For his work as an agricultural teacher at Pettisville High School in Fulton County, Ohio, John Poulson was honored as the 2018-2019 Ohio Agricultural Educator of the Year. Poulson has mentored fellow agricultural professionals and made life-long impacts on his students during his 38 years in the profession. Read more »

Presented by Nationwide®, the Ohio FFA and the Ohio Farm Bureau®.

Ohio’s honorees

Stephanie Conway
Ag Teacher and FFA Advisor
District 1
Bowling Green High School
Bowling Green, Ohio
Randy Eisenhauer
Ag Teacher and FFA Advisor
District 2
Shelby High School
Shelby, Ohio

Tom Holton
Ag Teacher and FFA Advisor
District 7
East Knox Jr./Sr. High School
Howard, Ohio

Holly Jennings
Ag Teacher and FFA Advisor
District 9
Felicity-Franklin High School
Felicity, Ohio
Dave Stiles
Ag Teacher and FFA Advisor
District 8
Indian Valley High School
Gnadenhutten, Ohio
John Poulson
Ag Teacher and FFA Advisor
District 1
Pettisville High School
Pettisville, Ohio
Michael Spahr
Ag Teacher and FFA Advisor
District 9
Greene County Career Center
Xenia, Ohio
Shelby Faulkner
Ag Teacher and FFA Advisor
District 6
Ridgemont High School
Mt. Victory, Ohio
Katrina Swinehart
Ag Teacher and FFA Advisor
District 9
Central State University
Wilberforce, Ohio
Erin Wollett
Ag Teacher and FFA Advisor
District 6
Cardington-Lincoln High School
Cardington, Ohio
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For more information, see our award rules.
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