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 2017

Robert "Mr. Bob" Cummings

1971-1973 Atascadero High School, 1973-1976 Templeton High School, 1981-2003 Shandon High School, 20013-2014 Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo

Teacher of Excellence

Bob first thought of becoming a teacher was when he was a Platoon Leader in Vietnam. He is a teacher by choice not chance! Bob has held that conviction and steadfastly pursued a teaching career in agriculture education. Bob began teaching in 1973 at Templeton H.S., making home visits to each student, a practice he carried on throughout his teaching career.   In 1981, Bob began his 23 years at Shandon.  He helped improve facilities by building green houses and livestock barns, remodeling the mechanic shop, and putting in a triple-wide classroom with computers and a lab area. Bob helped coordinate New Professionals Conference for 11 years and the statewide Student Teacher Conference for nine years. As a fair volunteer Bob has written, administrated and scored The Livestock Achievement Test. In 2001 Bob was named San Luis Obispo County Teacher of the Year. Bob was a CATA member for 38 years.  Within that time, Bob held several leadership positions where he served three terms in the sectional chair, chaired state adult and youth activities, chaired the State Livestock Committee for 13 years, and chaired the CATA Summer Ag Skills for 11 years.  In addition, Bob was a recreation consultant in volleyball for 11 years, a consultant for the CATA Ranch Breakfast for five years, and was a CATA Fair Show Committee member.  Bob also supervised, counseled, monitored, and submitted evaluations for 30 student teachers, 12 of which are still teaching.



Christine Dickson

1976-1978 Arvin High School, 1979-1980 Tehachapi High School, 1980-1985 Hilmar High School, 1986-2009 North High School Bakersfield

Teacher of Excellence

Christine started her teaching tenure career in 1976 at Arvin High School and ended her tenure in 2009 after starting up the North High School Bakersfield program. Christine was active in the CATA throughout the state levels and nationally. At the state level, she was a representative to the BOARS committee to defend Ag Biology as an alternative college prep and graduation requirement.She wrote and published a binder of agriculture labs that used microscopes, and distributed one to every high school agriculture program in California. Christine also represented agriculture as an appointee of Governors Dukmejian and Wilson on the State Council of Vocational Education serving as their President 8 of her 12 years on the council. At the national level, Christine took students to the National FFA Convention with their agriscience boards to exhibit and induce the National FFA to adopt a national level competition. She extended her service nationally with various agriscience workshops and presentations.