Julie Beechinor of Frontier High School was recently selected to represent California and receive the Honorary American FFA Degree at this year's National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana this October.
“I am honored and humbled to be the recipient of such an award," Beechinor said. "My passion for agriculture comes from my direct involvement in the industry as a child, being able to share that passion with my students is a blessing. I am lucky to be a part of educating the future of agriculture and I never take that for granted.”
Beechinor was selected by the California State FFA Executive Committee for her "outstanding personal commitment to Ag Education and the FFA" and is only the second KHSD teacher to receive this recognition in recent years. Clay Freeman of Foothill High School received the Honorary American FFA Degree in 2014.
In addition to managing the successful Ag department at Frontier, Julie also has served as the president of the San Joaquin Region California Agriculture Teachers Association and has taught workshops and clinics statewide.
Beechinor is also the 2012 Kern County Teacher of the Year, 2012 California AgriScience Teacher of the year, 2013 California Ag Advisor of the Year, and recipient of the California Agriculture Teachers Association Teacher of Excellent for 2015.