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District Five teacher wins WACH Fox Teacher of the Month award

IRMO, SC - The South Carolina Education Association (SCEA) has announced that John “Sim” Asbill, Agricultural and Animal Science instructor at The Center for Advanced Technical Studies (The Center), has been selected as the WACH Fox Teacher of the Month for October. Each month, the SCEA as part of their media partnership with WACH Fox selects an outstanding educator who has been nominated from a colleague or student representing the best of South Carolina teachers.

“Teachers have a profound impact on the communities upon which they work,” Asbill said. “Being a child of two educators has had a tremendous impact on me becoming a teacher. My classroom at The Center focuses on hands-on learning and critical thinking. Classes are designed to help my students learn the technical skills they need to be successful in the agricultural industry. It is an honor to be nominated by my students and to win the WACH Fox Teacher of the Month award.”

Asbill is in his fourth year at The Center. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife Biology and a Masters in Agricultural Education from Clemson University. From 2010 to 2013, Asbill taught Animal Science and was an FFA advisor at Grays Creek High School in North Carolina. He belongs to the following professional organizations:

National Association Agricultural Educators (NAAE) and the Association of Career and Technical Education (ACTE). Asbill is also the lead teacher for The Center’s Livestock Showing team, which acts as a microcosm for the large animal industry as well as teaching students hard work and responsibility. In the summer of 2015, Asbill was selected as one of 50 agriculture teachers from across the country to serve as an Agriculture Ambassador.

“Sim is a tremendous teacher, coach and mentor,” said Director at The Center, Dr. Bob Couch. “He puts his students first in all he does. He truly cares about each student and gives 100% to make them successful in school and in life.”


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