Randy Decker — Maryland
Randy Decker is a lifelong agricultural educator currently teaching High School in Silver Spring Maryland driven by passion to have students excel and succeed in their studies as they prepare for their future careers beyond high school.
His coursework taught includes; Introduction to Agriculture, Introduction to Horticulture, Foundations of Horticulture, Plant Production, Aquaculture, Biotechnology, Small Animal science, Large Animal science, Agribusiness, Entrepreneurship, Environmental science, Forestry, International Baccalaureate Environmental Systems and Society, Leadership through FFA, Supervised Career Development Events (CDE’s) and Supervised Agricultural Experiences (SAE) projects.
Achievements – recognized as New York State’s Outstanding New Agriculture teacher in 2007, currently serve as a National Occupational Competency Testing Institute (NOCTI) test reviewer for Horticulture, Maryland Certified Professional Horticulturist by Maryland Nursery, Landscape and Greenhouse Association and developed agriculture curriculum coursework for high school students New York and Maryland and holdsAdvanced Professional Certificate (APC) in Maryland in Agriculture, Biology grades 7 – 12 and General Sciences for grades 4 – 12.
Formal Training – Cornell University Masters of Art in Teaching (M.A.T.) and Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Agricultural Education, Biology certifications, International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program and Diploma Program.
Family background – grew up on a dairy farm in upstate New York, raising our own beef, chickens, pigs, and lots of vegetable gardening for canning and freezing and enjoyed horseback riding and fishing along the way.