Walton Teacher Honored

By Dave Sherry

March 28, 2013 Updated Apr 3, 2013 at 10:33 AM EDT

Walton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Tina Miner-James of Walton Central School received the National Outstanding Agriculture Teacher for Region 6.

This region covers 15 states along the eastern seaboard, from Maine all the way to Maryland.

She was recognized for her extensive work in the Agriculture Department at the school, as well as its Future Farmers of America program.

Miner-James was nominated by other teachers in the area, then had to fill out a 50 page application.

Miner-James was very humbled by the award and grateful to a retired agriculture teacher who started her on this path.

"He called and said, 'hey, I'm retiring. I want you to apply to this job,' and I said, 'what are you, crazy?' And I'm really glad that I did. I've had a state officer, I've had 14 national award winners and now this, so my opportunities in the last 11 years here at Walton are just amazing with what we've done," said Miner-James.

She continued to show her surprise for receiving the award by saying, "It's absolutely unbelievable to get this type of recognition. I, to be very honest with you, I do what I do every day because of the kids in this school district and I work with the teachers in New York State because they need help and guidance for their C-T-E projects and I just do what I do. So getting this recognition is absolutely amazing."

As part of the award, Miner-James was also presented a brand new Toyota Tundra pickup truck.

She says she hopes this award and recognition will give other agriculture teachers in the area something to strive toward.