Community Relationships: The Key to a Successful Teaching Career

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It is an honor and a privilege to serve the profession as the Editor of The Agricultural Education Magazine. Dr. Billye Foster's editorial in the September/ October 2009 issue put many of my personal feelings into words as she reflected on her role in the history of this great publication. I am humbled to have my name listed with many of the greats in this profession. Thank you for this great opportunity. I will do everything in my power to live up to those expectations.

On behalf of the agricultural education profession, I would like to take this opportunity to thank Dr. Billye Foster for her three years of service as the Editor of The Agricultural Education Magazine. Under her direction the Magazine has remained the voice of the agricultural education profession. In her first editorial in the January/February issue she summarized her task in the following manner: "I needed to come up with themes that would simultaneously intrigue the readers, serve the profession and inspire others to share their views and experiences. Tall order." Dr. Foster accomplished the task in an outstanding manner. Again thank you Billye for your service to the profession.

My first issue has not been without incident. If you are an avid reader of the Magazine, you have figured out that "Developing Professional Relationships in the Local Community" was originally scheduled for the March/April issue. The January/February issue was scheduled to be an "International View of Agricultural Education." A few problems developed with the "international" issue and as a result I switched the order of publication for the two themes. Watch for the "international" issue in a few weeks.

I would like to thank Dr. Antoine Alston for his outstanding work as Theme Editor for the "Developing Professional Relationships in the Local Community" issue. He has assembled a tremendous group of authors/articles. I hope that you will find the articles both informative and enjoyable. …


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