Toyota Motor Sales Inc. awarded a new 2013 Toyota Tundra to Mondovi High School agriculture teacher Adam Wehling. Wehling earned the truck and a two-year lease with unlimited miles as part of the 2012 Outstanding Agricultural Education Teacher Award from the National Association of Agricultural Educators.
Wehling was awarded the truck on April 21 at Mondovi's annual FFA banquet and dinner at the high school. Chuck Seyforth, sales professional, Markquart Toyota in Chippewa Falls was on hand to present Wehling the keys to the 2013 Toyota Tundra.
"I am really honored to receive this award but it's really a big team effort," Wehling says. "This is the community supporting the ag program."
This award distinguishes NAAE members who are conducting the highest quality agricultural education programs. The award recognizes leadership in civic, community, agriculture/agribusiness and professional activities. Outstanding agricultural educators are innovators and catalysts for student success in agricultural education throughout the U.S.
Wehling is one of only six ag teachers from across the country to win this award.
"There are six regions and one winner from each region," he explains. "I am the winner for the region that includes Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota and North Dakota."
Wehling grew up on a dairy farm near Fall Creek in Eau Claire County. He is a former FFA member, and was Wisconsin FFA parliamentarian in 2000-2001. He graduated from University of Wisconsin-River Falls in 2003. For the first four years of his career, he taught agriculture at Evansville High School in Rock County before being hired at Mondovi in 2007. In 2009, he received his master's degree from UW-River Falls in agriculture education with an emphasis in science.
Mondovi's agriculture program includes 70 seventh graders and 130 high school students in a high school of 300 students. Wehling advises between 75 and 100 FFA members.
"I love teaching and I really enjoy working with my students," he says. "They're a great group of kids."
The ag education program at Mondovi High School is a science-based curriculum focused on developing supervised agricultural experience and career skills.
"The Mondovi FFA is an active agricultural youth leadership organization that strives to make Mondovi a stronger community," Wehling says. "The Mondovi Agriculture Education Program prepares students for successful careers and a lifetime of informed choices in the global agriculture, food, fiber and natural resource systems."