"I hope that my efforts have made better people living in a better place," says John Frischie, who teaches agriculture mechanics and agribusiness management at South Newton Junior-Senior High School in Kentland. As curriculum committee chairman of the Indiana Vocational Agriculture Teachers Association, Mr. Frischie has played a key role in the development of his state's current agribusiness management curriculum. He has also been instrumental in the implementation of tech-prep and real-life learning in agriculture education programs. By emphasizing the integration of technology, as well as economics and business management in agriculture education, Mr. Frischie has helped prepare students for opportunities in emerging careers related to agriculture. In response to the professional needs of his own community, Mr. Frischie created the Agriculture, Business and Industry Advisory Committee, a program that relies on community input for students' career orientation and preparation. Mr. Frischie retired from South Newton in 2005 and worked from 2008-2010 as Team HOPE Project Leader with former U.S. Secretary of Education Dr. William Bennett. Team HOPE was a group of Milken Educators that developed an online curriculum and advanced the use of Dr. Bennett's American History books, America: The Last Best Hope, in schools across the country.
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