California Agricultural Teachers' Association

Mark Your Calendar

August 7 - Executive Committee Meeting, Galt

September 22-23 - Southern Region Meeting, Mission Bay

September 23 - North Coast Region Meeting, Dixon

October 15 - South Coast Region Meeting, Hollister

Oct 23-28 - National FFA Convention,Indianapolis, IN

November 3 - Superior Region Meeting, Alturas

November 4 - Cotton State Finals, CSU, Fresno

November 15-16 - New Professionals Conference, Fresno

November 17-18 - San Joaquin Region Meeting, Tenaya Lodge

November 18 - Central Region Meeting, Elk Grove

November 30 - December 2 - Community College Midwinter Institute, Solvang

December 5-9 - NAAE Conference, Nashville

January 4-5 - Student Teacher Conclave, Modesto

January 11-12 – Winter Governing Board, Galt

January 20 – Natural Resources State Finals, Reedley College

February 3 – Winter State Finals - Citrus, Tree and Vine Pruning, CSU-Fresno

February 24 - Central Region Meeting, Modesto JC

February 24 - San Joaquin Region Meeting, Tulare

February 26 - South Coast Region, San Luis Obispo

March 10 - Superior Region Meeting, Chico

March 24- North Coast Region Meeting, Kelseyville

April 7 - Southern Region Meeting, Pomona

April 21 - CSU-Fresno Field Day, CSU-Fresno

April 22-25 - State FFA Leadership Conference, Anaheim

April 25-28 - NAAE Region 1 Meeting, Utah

May 5 - State FFA Judging Finals, Cal Poly, SLO

June 245 - Executive Committee Meeting, Cal Poly, SLO

June 24 - Pre-Conference Governing Board, Cal Poly, SLO

June 24-28 - CATA Summer Conference, Cal Poly, SLO

June 28 - Governing Board Summer Retreat, San Luis Obispo

CATA Hall of Fame - Class of 2004

James L. Dyer

UC Davis 1937-1942, Grossmont HS 1942-52, El Cajon HS 1952-78

Outstanding Teacher
Teacher of Excellence

Thirty-six years in the same district, wow! Mr. Dyer also served as both a sectional and regional CATA president. Jim was hired on the spot and thrown into the classroom right out of college. He often tells the story of how he met his wife, Shirley. Shirley’s younger brother, Don, was in Jim’s first class at Grossmont High School. Jim asked the class if any of them knew of a room for rent, because he had not had time to find a place to stay. Don raised his hand and said that they had a room for rent and that his mother was a good cook. The rest is history! Mr. Dyer is known for leading the way in bringing girls into the FFA. His Future Farmettes pre-dated the State's acceptance of girls by several years. It is Jim Dyer’s ability to motivate students to do their best and his sincere desire to see them succeed as well as his state wide contributions to the FFA and agricultural education that makes him so deserving of being inducted into the California Agricultural Teacher’s Hall of Fame.


James King

North Carolina State University 1941, UC Davis, Santa Rosa HS 1946-7

Born in Whynot, North Carolina in 1920, Mr. King graduated from Laurinburg HS, North Carolina in 1937 where he served as the chapter secretary and president. James served in the 107th Calvary in France and Germany from 1942-45. After the war he attended UC Davis graduate school to earn his teaching credential. James began his teaching career at Santa Rosa HS, where he taught for 33 years. James exemplifies the long-term stability that agriculture education has had in California. He was a solid classroom teacher and FFA Advisor, responsible for 281 State Farmer degree recipients! Along the way James found time to be a sectional and regional officer, serve on the FFA Foundation Board, be a Men’s Garden Club national president.




Kermit Kliewer

Cal Poly, SLO 1954,Palmdale HS 1957-59, Brawley Union HS 1959-92

Outstanding Teacher
Teacher of Excellence

After student teaching in Hemet under Fred Hagen, Kermit became an Army Corpsman at Fort Ord. His teaching career began with two years at Palmdale HS, followed by 33 years at Brawley HS. Among his many activities Mr. Kliewer was a sectional and regional president and received the Teacher of Excellence and Outstanding Teacher awards. He served on the CATA Fairs and Shows committee for 26 years! Even the US Army could not keep him from the CATA Summer Conference, which he attended for 36 years straight.


Harry Otis Maddux

Cal Poly, SLO 1961-62, CSU Fresno 1962-65, Nevada Union HS 1965-66, Dos Palos HS 1966-67, Washington Union HS 1967-77, Chowchilla HS 1977-2001, UC Davis and Fresno Pacific 2001-2004

Outstanding Teacher
Teacher of Excellence
Outstanding Young Member

Harry was born into a livestock family active in the Junior Farmers, 4-H and FFA programs exhibiting champion beef sheep and swine at all the major shows. He worked with Jerry Davis at Nevada Union before student teaching at Dos Palos. Mr. Maddux was an architect of the three-circle approach to agriculture education, setting standards for his agriculture program that served as a national model. Harry spent many hours in the drive to secure a CATA executive director, the agriculture incentive grant program and the Save our Bureau campaign. Among Harry’s many accomplishments are; past sectional & regional president, Member of the 1989 Outstanding State and National Agriculture Program, a Star Counselor, trained 21 state champion judging teams, 49 State winning proficiencies, 96 student teachers, 111 American farmers, and over 400 State Farmers. Even after retirement Mr. Maddux is a vital part of our profession, raising and judging sheep and serving as student teacher supervisor for National and CSU, Stanislaus. Perhaps his most incredible statistic is that he has been an American Southdown member for 55 years. His wife Janice, his daughter Nikki, and his son Todd are also agriculture teachers.


Joe Sabol

CSU Fresno 1963, UC Davis 1965, Colorado State 1976, Orestimba HS 1964-65, Mt. San Antonio College 1965-72, Cal Poly, SLO, 1972-2002

Teacher of Excellence

Born in Oakland in 1940, Joe graduated from Mt. SAC in 1960. For over 38 years Dr. Joe has been an incredible resource to agriculture education in California. Rarely has one person meant so much to so many! Dr. Joe dedicated himself to being the consummate agricultural educator. He has more than 180 former students who currently teach, administer or serve as teacher educators in agricultural education. His resume reads like an encyclopedia. High school teacher, college professor, Dean of the College of Agriculture, Teacher of Teachers, he has been asked to conduct teaching workshops throughout the world. For more than 28 years Dr. Joe has helped coordinate FFA state finals and state conference. Likewise his dedication to CATA, and our summer conference is unparalleled. Few would argue that Dr. Joe is one of the most creative and gifted teachers in the profession. His use of magic, analogies, metaphors, stories and jokes along with that infectious smile has effected hundreds of students and peers over the years. To put it simply, Dr. Joe is not just an agriculture teacher but a teacher of life. His wit and wisdom will play a part of California agricultural education for decades to come.