Richard McPherson, Rio Rico High School CTE Agriculture Science Instructor, was recognized at the Santa Cruz Valley Unified School District No. 35 Governing Board meeting last night for receiving the Secondary Teacher-of-the-Year Award for the South Central District by the Arizona Agriculture Teachers Association.
McPherson was recognized by the AZ Agriculture Teachers Association “for his efforts in making a positive difference in the lives of agriculture students at Rio Rico High School and throughout the State of Arizona.”
“I admire and appreciate the outstanding Arizona high school agriculture educators who have championed our program throughout the years,” said McPherson upon receiving the award.
McPherson teaches multiple courses at RRHS, including Introduction to Agriculture, Plant Science, Controlled Environmental Agriculture, Agriculture Leadership Development, and Basic Agriculture Mechanics. He also serves as a member of the high school’s Instructional Leadership Council.
McPherson has also been a major contributor to the success of the Santa Cruz County Fair. He serves on the Santa Cruz County Fair Committee.
“Mr. McPherson is extremely motivated and continuously explores additional opportunities for students in the classroom and community,” said RRHS CTE Director, Michele Poppen. “His enthusiasm and energy is contagious. He’s always looking to expand his repertoire so that he can offer more to his students. We are extremely lucky to have such a dedicated member of our team.”
Santa Cruz Valley Unified School District No. 35 is a growing, dynamic school district covering approximately 267 square miles. The district operates five schools. Approximately 3,420 students are enrolled during the 2015-2016 school year.