Perspective

TRANSFORM: Purpose into action — National FFA week

About the author

Shelley M. Armour is currently a 12th year agriculture education teacher at SouthWest Edgecombe High School in Pinetops, NC. She currently is the Edgecombe County Public Schools Teacher of the Year and a 2016 Global Educator of the Year through VIF International.

Originally from Maryland, she taught for 3 years in Baltimore County before being recruited to teach in North Carolina. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in General Agriculture from the University of Maryland, College Park and a Master’s in Education from the University of Maryland, Eastern Shore. She is a lateral entry teacher and earned her teaching certification while in the classroom. Before teaching she was a zookeeper at the National Zoo in Washington, DC. The mantra for teaching is “put the student’s first and do what is best for them.” She firmly believes that if that is done, everything else will fall into place.