Micheal Strohschein has been named as the 2010 State recipient of the Young Teacher of the Year award from the Kansas Association for Career and Technical Education (K-ACTE). The awards ceremony took place during the Summer Conference of the K-ACTE on Monday, August 2 at 6 p.m. in Overland Park, Kan.
Strohschein has been teaching for eight years. He taught one year in Tilton, NH, one year in Kansas City, Kan., and is in his sixth year of teaching agriculture education in Spring Hill, Kan.
At Spring Hill High School, Strohschein teaches Animal Science, Horticulture I, Horticulture II, Introduction to Agriculture, Veterinarian Science, Natural Resources, Agriculture Business and Technology, and Equine Science. He also guides students in advanced agricultural studies that include Veterinarian Medicine II and III, Leadership, and Communications/Web page design. Strohschein also serves as the FFA advisor, which includes training students in career development event areas and participating in community and leadershiStrohschein contributes his success in the classroom to his ability to find innovative ways to motivate and encourage his students. He believes that an individualized student approach must be taken with each student enrolled in agriculture education courses. This individualized approach is what led him to receive the 2006 Coca-Cola Joseph B. Whitehead Educator of Distinction Award for exemplary dedication to the field of education, three nominations for Spring Hill Teacher of the Year, and the 2009 ACTE National Finalist in Teacher in Community Service.
Strohschein is originally from South Dakota and graduated from South Dakota State University with a BS in Agriculture Education in 2002. He received his M.Ed in Education Leadership from Mid America Nazarene University in 2005. Strohschein is currently working on his Doctorate in Education from Walden University.
Strohschein resides in Edwardsville, Kan. with his wife Lesley and their sons, Noah and Miles.
Strohschein was nominated for this award by the Kansas Association of Agricultural Educators (KAAE), an affiliate association of K-ACTE. As a state winner, Strohschein will now be nominated for the national award from the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE).
The purpose of the Young Teacher of the Year award is to recognize teachers between their sixth to 10th year of teaching who are providing outstanding career and technical education programs for youth and/or adults in their respective fields and communities. Recipients of this award must have made significant contributions toward innovative, unique and novel programs that are serving to improve and promote career and technical education.