California Agricultural Teachers' Association

Mark Your Calendar

August 19 - Executive Committee Meeting, Teleconference

September 20-21 - Southern Region Meeting, Imperial Valley

September 20-21 - North Coast Region Meeting, Arcata HS

October 13 - South Coast Region Meeting, Hollister HS

Oct 27-Nov 2 - National FFA Convention, Indianapolis, IN

November 6-7 - New Professionals Conference, Fresno

November 9 - Cotton State Finals, CSU, Fresno

November 15 - Superior Region Meeting, Auburn/Rocklin Area

November 22-23 - San Joaquin Region Meeting/Roadshow, Tenaya Lodge

November 23 - Central Region Meeting, Black Oak Casino, Tuolumne

December 3-7 - NAAE Conference, Anaheim

December 5-7 - Community College Midwinter Institute, College of the Sequoias, Visalia

January 9-10 - Student Teacher Conclave, Modesto JC

January 15-17 - CATA Advanced Leadership Conference, Wonder Valley

January 15-17 – Winter Governing Board, Wonder Valley

January 25 – Natural Resources State Finals, Reedley College

February 1 – Winter State Finals - Citrus, Tree and Vine Pruning, CSU-Fresno

February 3-4 - Supervising Teachers Institute, Sacramento

February 22 - Central Region Meeting, El Capitan HS, Merced

February 22 - San Joaquin Region Meeting, Mission Oak HS,Tulare

February 24 - South Coast Region, San Luis Obispo

March 14 - Superior Region Meeting, Chico HS

March 21 - North Coast Region Meeting, Analy HS, Sebastopol

March 28 - Southern Region Meeting, Cal Poly, Pomona

April 18 - CSU-Fresno Field Day, CSU, Fresno

April 22-25- NAAE Region 1 Meeting, Las Vegas

April 23-26 - State FFA Leadership Conference, Anaheim

May 2 - State FFA Judging Finals, Cal Poly, SLO

June 21 - Executive Committee Meeting, Cal Poly, SLO

June 21 - Pre-Conference Governing Board, Cal Poly, SLO

June 21-25 - CATA Summer Conference, Cal Poly, SLO

June 25 - Governing Board Summer Retreat, San Luis Obispo

CATA Hall of Fame - Class of 2005

Richard Boucher

Tulare HS

Teacher of Excellence

Richard Boucher spent his entire 33-1/2 year career teaching agriculture at the Tulare High School District. During his tenure the program grew from about 50 students and one FFA Chapter to 600 students and two chapters. He was strongly involved in the CATA for 34 years. He was the agriculture department chairman of the five-teacher department for 27 years. His dedication and commitment to the youth of Tulare, and the positive role model he provided through teaching and counseling has earned the respect and admiration of the community. Richard strongly supported the FFA and SOE programs at Tulare Union, Tulare Western, and the State of California. Many of his former students are still involved in either farming, or the agriculture industry. His community involvement includes serving on boards, church activities and service clubs.


Larry Crabtree

Sutter HS

Teacher of Excellence

In 36 years Larry Crabtree has raised three children and built a tremendous agriculture program at Sutter High School. His 95 State and six American FFA Degree winners are just a fraction of the students who have achieved excellence under his tutelage. He has been a positive caring role model for the profession who rallied the troops and lead the charge to "Save our Bureau" and reinstate regional delivery of agriculture education. His inspirational style has touched students and peers alike. Larry Crabtree is what agriculture education leaders should be, innovative, committed, caring and a person of action. He is always able to provide perspective with humor and wisdom. His community, his school, his students, and his peers are better for having rubbed shoulders with this gentle giant.


Leonard Eugene DeRuiter

Hanford HS

Teacher of Excellence

Leonard DeRuiter graduated from Hanford High School in 1958, attended college, entered the Peace Corps, and returned as an agriculture instructor at Hanford High School in 1965. He spent his entire 37 year career at Hanford where he retired in 2002. During Leonard's tenure at Hanford High School students excelled in competitive events. During his 37 years, Hanford FFA won more state and national championships than any other chapter in California. The Hanford program produced three national FFA officers during his career. While at Hanford he supervised 40 plus student teachers and hosted student teacher tours of the Hanford program.