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Distinguished Alumni 2021

2021 ASEC Distinguished Alumnus

Photo of Brittany KloerBrittany Kloer

B.S., Agricultural Education, 2008
Career and Technical Education Area Director
Area 18 CTE Cooperative

Brittany Bridges Kloer currently serves as the Area 18 Career and Technical Education Director, overseeing nine school corporations. She was an agricultural educator and FFA advisor at Jay County High School from 2008-2020. Kloer believes agricultural education provides the foundation for students to make informed decisions, think critically, and evaluate relevant issues using problem-solving skills. To reduce teacher turnover in agriculture education, Kloer created a student management system that has come to be known as the Comprehensive POA (CPOA) and has reached over 1,200 agricultural educators across the country. CPOA provides a practical approach for managing an FFA chapter, providing hands-on experience for students, which provides leadership opportunities and tests students problem solving skills. She believes students are empowered in the classroom when they are able to make positive differences by using the skills they have learned to serve their communities. Kloer was named the National Association of Agricultural Educators Outstanding Agricultural Education Teacher in 2019 and the Indiana Association for Career and Technical Education Teacher Educator of the Year in 2020 for her efforts.

Kloer grew up on her family's Hoosier Homestead Farm in central Indiana. She earned her bachelor's degree in Agricultural Education with a minor in Horticulture from Purdue in 2008. She earned a master of science and licensure degree in Education, Educational Administration from Purdue University Northwest in 2013, and a master of science in Career and Technical Education, Curriculum, and Instruction from Purdue in 2021.

In 2015, Kloer was selected by the Region IV Association of Agricultural Educators Board to serve on the National Policy and By-Laws Committee, and served as national chair from 2018-2020. Kloer currently serves as the legislative chair for the Indiana Association of Career and Technical Education Directors Division. She also served as a stakeholder for the Trump Administration Office of Public Liaison Food and Agricultural Outreach Committee. As an advocate for agriculture and education, Kloer believes there is value in connecting legislators to her rural community and classroom.

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