Well, the time has come to say good by to John Allen Bailey. Today will be his last day as an Area Forestry Teacher in the Central Region. I am pleased that I had the pleasure to work with him for 3.5 of his 33 years in Agricultural Education. He is by far one of the most dedicated folks we have in Ag Education, he always went the extra mile to make sure it was done. He will definitely tell you exactly how he feels about something, don't believe me just ask him. John Allen has made his career his life passion to help students and teachers to do better in everyday life and I applaud him for that. Every CDE he put on I knew was always the fairest and most challenging one possible. Though we are not losing him completely because he will be doing some contract work to finish the year but he will also be taking over as the Georgia Young Farmer Executive Secretary as many of you know. I do want to tell him THANK YOU!!!, I would encourage you to send him a little note today before you go home to let him know the impact he has made on you and your students either good or bad, I know he would love to hear from everyone.
I hope you all have a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS and a HAPPY NEW YEAR, please use this time to spend with family and friends so you can recharge and be ready to get it in 2014, GOD BLESS each and everyone of y'all, I appreciate what you do and I am greatful, see you next year.
Central Region Agricultural Education Director
Georgia Department of Education
PO Box 4060
1005 State University Dr.
Ft. Valley, GA 31030
"Making Agricultural Education Work for All Georgians"