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Carolyn Piguet – Vinita FFA

Ag educator instills passion and provides hands-on training for students.

THEN: A former science teacher, guidance counselor, testing coordinator and school principal. Carolyn Piguet was the daughter of wheat farmers who raised beef cattle, and she says one of her fondest childhood memories was watching the soil turn over as her dad plowed the fields. Carolyn’s daughter served as a state FFA officer in 2005, and that’s when Carolyn learned about the leadership and networking benefits of the FFA program. 

She became the agricultural education instructor and FFA adviser at Vinita Public Schools in 2010. The fifth-generation agriculturist has spent the past eight years helping her students grow as leaders and sharing her love of the soil. The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry recently honored Carolyn as a Significant Woman in Oklahoma Agriculture. Carolyn

  • Is one of only three Oklahoma agricultural education instructors to be a National Board Certified Teacher.
  • Works with students to grow a chapter garden on a one-acre plot donated to the program.
  • Operates a successful farm-to-fork food truck with her students, serving at the FFA Farmers Market and other events.
  • Has a student-run catering business that catered more than 4,500 dinners last year.
  • Helped students launch a new website with e-commerce components.

 NOW: Carolyn said she feels blessed that she has a position she comes to every day that she enjoys and said she’s grateful there’s something there for her that keeps it fresh. She said she hopes to continue teaching for at least 10 more years.

 “I’ve got a whole list of stuff that I want to get done before that time,” she said. 

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