Nebraska Agricultural Educators Association

The Nebraska Agricultural Educators Association…the professional choice!  The NAEA is the state affiliate of the National Association of Agricultural Educators, or the NAAE.  Professional development, lobbying support, social networking, and field advancement are all benefits provided by the NAEA to its members.  Check out the links to the left for more information about the NAEA and its programming.

Contact us to get more information about NAEA or to join!

Colin Kubik
NAEA Executive Director
25211 South 68th
Firth, NE 68358


Agricultural educators who had formed state associations for agricultural educators organized the National Vocational Agricultural Teachers’ Association (NVATA) in 1948 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In 1997 at the annual NVATA convention in Las Vegas, Nevada, the name of the organization was changed to the National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE). The NAAE is a federation of 50 state agricultural educators associations. The governing body of the organization consists of a board of directors with a president, president elect, and six regional vice presidents. Today, more than 7,600 agricultural educators are members of the NAAE.


“Professionals providing agricultural education for the global community
through visionary leadership, advocacy and service.”

NAAE seeks to advance agricultural education and promote the professional interests and growth of agriculture teachers as well as recruit and prepare students who have a desire to teach agriculture.

The organization is dedicated to developing professional pride, to nourishing a spirit of unity among classroom teachers and to recognizing members for conducting outstanding programs.

It monitors governmental affairs affecting agricultural education and assists in the development of priorities and strategies to effect federal legislation and appropriations (from NAAE website).



The basic purposes of the Nebraska Agricultural Educators Association is to provide professional support for the everyday agricultural educator!  Specifically, NAEA purposes, as defined by the NAEA Bylaws, are:

  1. To assume and maintain an active leadership in the promotion and furtherance of Agricultural Education,
  2. To bring together all of the agricultural instructors through membership in a state association devoted exclusively to their interests,
  3. To provide an opportunity for agricultural instructors to discuss all problems effecting Agricultural Education on the state level,
  4. To serve local Associations of agricultural instructors in the solution of any problems, which they may have,
  5. To cooperate with the National Association of Agricultural Educators, Inc. (NAAE), the Association for Career and Technical Education of Nebraska (ACTEN) and the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) in furthering the cause of all Vocational Education,
  6. To communicate and cooperate with those organizations and individuals having as their objective the improvement of the status of the Agricultural Education Instructors and to enlist their aid in the furtherance of these purposes,
  7. To inform by publication of the needs in the field of Agricultural Education and the possibilities of progress to be made therein,
  8. To receive property by devise or bequest, and otherwise acquire and hold all types of property,
  9.  To act as trustee under incidental to the principal objects of the corporation, and to receive, hold and administer and expand funds and property subject to such trust,
  10. To convey, exchange, lease mortgage, encumber and transfer upon trust, or otherwise dispose of all property, real of personal,
  11. To borrow money, contract debts and issue bonds and votes, and secure payment of performance of its obligations, and,
  12. To make contracts and to do all other acts necessary or expedient for the administration of the affairs and attainment of the purposes of the corporation.

Honor yourself or nominate others….it’s just that simple!  The short form of the NAEA Award Application makes applying for awards quick and easy!

State applications are due April 15! (Dates have been corrected in the applications.)

Contact Craig Flaming, Awards Chair, for more information.


Award applications/materials should be mailed to:

Melissa Bonifas
NAEA Past President
Blue Hill Public Schools
PO Box 217
Blue Hill, NE  68930

NAEA “Short Form” Award Application

NAEA Teacher Mentor Award Application

2022-2023 NAEA Board of Directors

Executive Director Colin Kubik, Norris
President Stephanie Miller, Heartland
President Elect Sierra Meyer, Kenesaw
Past President Melissa Bonifas, Blue Hill
Secretary Ashton Bohling, Johnson-Brock
Treasurer David Gibbens, West Holt
Board Liaison and Ex-Officio Member Stacie Turnbull, NDE
Ex-Officio Member Sarah Heideman, NDE
Ex-Officio Member  Matt Kreifels, UNL
District I Ashton Bohling, Johnson-Brock
District II Hannah Groth, Howells Dodge
District III Kylie Penke, Oakland-Craig
District IV Jessica Evans, Osmond
District V Rachel Eickman, Thayer Central
District VI Brandon Jacobitz, Adams Central
District VII Alex Meyer, St Edward
District VIII Hannah Horak, Shelton
District IX Justin Nollette, Cody-Kilgore
District X Ellen Trahan, Keya Paha
District XI Vicky Armstrong, Maywood
District XII Nicole Sorensen, Minatare
District XIII Doug Smith, NCTA

Organizational Documents

NAEA By Laws – Updated June 2011

NAEA Handbook  – Revised March 2017

NAEA Resolutions Procedure & Form

NAEA Board Agendas & Minutes

Contact us to get more information about NAEA or to join!

Updated August 6, 2023 10:55pm