ANCW educator of the year recognized

Aug 6, 2010
by WLJ

(l-r) Lana Slaten, American National CattleWomen president, Cullman, AL; 2010 ANCW Outstanding Educator of the Year Barbara Cowley, Montague, CA; ANCW Consumer Education Chairman Kathryn Malcolm-Callis, Clayton, NM. — Photo by Jean Barton

American National CattleWomen, Inc. (AN- CW) at their 2010 Summer Conference in Denver, CO, recognized Barbara Cowley, Montague, CA, with their Outstanding Educator of the Year Award.

Kathryn Malcolm-Callis, ANCW Consumer Education chairman, mentioned the following list of accomplishments: “Ag in the Classroom” and school room activities at state and local level for the past 17 years has been a specialty. Seventy-two thousand, eight hundred and ninetyfive students have been visited in their classroom. There have been 2,915 presentations given and many hours of work put into this effort.

The Cow Palace in San Francisco, CA, has been another destination for teaching about beef cattle, beef safety and beef nutrition. When she started teaching, there were large crowds of school children coming to see and hear about the various animals. CattleWomen arranged and took the children on tours of the whole facility and each group was taught about the importance of beef cattle. As the years went by, the groups became smaller due to school budget cuts, but the program has continued. More than 11,963 students went through these tours.

Representing the Cattle- Women, she has attended the California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom conventions. She has been a speaker demonstrating how to teach, use games and make learning fun while teaching about beef and the many aspects of the beef industry. She also taught in the “make and take” sessions and workshops as well as having beef materials displayed for all to see.

The National Beef Ambassador Program is another pet project for Cowley, as she has worked on the county, state and national level. She feels that working with these young ambassadors is refreshing and rewarding.

Cowley is married to Jack Cowley, a past California Cattlemen’s Association vice president; past member of the Cattlemen’s Beef Board, and current vice president for The California Beef Cattle Improvement Association.

They have a ranch at Montague, CA. — Jean Barton TEX Blackbird 9002