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 2019

Steve DeRose

Mt. Whitney High School 1977-1979, Arroyo Grande High School 1979-2015, California Polytechnic University, SLO

Teacher of Excellence 1992
Honorary American FFA Degree 1988
State CATA President 2012-2013

Steve started his career in 1977, moving soon to the central coast where he would leave an indelible mark on his community of Arroyo Grande and agricultural education as a whole.

Steve was a leader within the profession serving his section, region and the state.  His expertise was called upon while the orignial Blueprint for Excellence was drafted, laying the foundation for agriculture programs throughout the state.  He was an innovator bringing computers to the classroom and adopting technology as a teaching tool.  This did not take away his strong belief in hands on learning as under his direction the school farm and the schools floral design curriculum were created.  His passion and gregarious attitude led to students prospering with several state and national CDE titles.

Steve has left a lasting legacy in our profession with over thirty student teachers and numerous former students who have gone on to be agriculture teachers.



William "Bill" Kellogg

San Jacinto High School 1977-1983, California Polytechnic State University SLO 1983-2015

AAAE Outstanding Young Member 1989
Teacher of Excellence 2005
California FFA Distinguished Service Award 2006
National FFA VIP Award 2015

Inspired by his high school instructors, Dr. Kellogg began his career in the small dairy community of San Jacinto.  While only there for six years his passion and knowledge were noticed garnering Teacher of The Year for the district.  In 1983 he joined the faculty at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, where he served for thirty two years.

Dr. Kellogg's vision and leadership were present throughout his career.  He helped to create the original program standards that would become the Agricultural Incentive Grant as he served our association at the sectional, regional and state levels.  He is a true believer of the three circle model of agricultural education and instilled its importance in his teacher candidates.

He finished his career with over one hundred eighty five full time student teachers and one hundred twenty five Masters degree candidates.  He continued to serve our profession as the coordinator of  statewide contracts delivering professional development to hundreds of members each year.