California Agricultural Teachers' Association

Mark Your Calendar


June 23 - Governing Board

September 16-17 - Southern Region Meeting

September 30 - October 1 - North Coast Region Meeting
Superior Region Meeting

October 9 - South Coast Region Meeting

Oct 26-Oct 29 - National FFA Convention

November 5 - Cotton State Finals, CSU, Fresno

November 8-9 - New Professionals Conference, Fresno

November 18-19 - Central Region Meeting

November 18-19 - San Joaquin Region Meeting

November 27 - December 1 - NAAE Conference, Las Vegas

November 30 - December 3 - Community College Midwinter Institute

January 5-6 - Student Teacher Conclave

January 13 - CATA Winter Governing Board

January 21 – Natural Resources State Finals, Reedley College

January 29-30 - Supervising Teachers Institute

February 4 – Winter State Finals - Citrus, Tree and Vine Pruning, CSU-Fresno

February 11 - Superior Region Meeting, Chico

February 25 - San Joaquin Region Meeting, Tulare

February 25 - Central Region Meeting

February 27 - South Coast Region Meeting, Atascadero

March 3-4 - UC Davis Field Day

March 16-19 - State FFA Leadership Conference

April 1 - North Coast Region Meeting, Livermore

April 1 - Southern Region Meeting, Cal Poly Pomona

April 22 - CSU, Fresno Field Day

May 6 - State FFA Judging Finals, Cal Poly, SLO

June 25 - Executive Committee Meeting, Cal Poly, SLO

June 25 - Pre-Conference Governing Board, Cal Poly, SLO

June 25-29 - CATA Summer Conference, Cal Poly, SLO

June 29 - 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.