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Rebecca Wallace, Washington state FFA adviser for the past four years, has a new job.
She is the new executive director of career and technical education programs in the state Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction.
She will continue as FFA adviser until a replacement is named.
“My roots are in ag, I’m a product of FFA, I’m a product of ag education,” Wallace said. “I’ve really, truly enjoyed working with the teachers, directors and the students across the state to advance agricultural education.”
Wallace hopes to lead by example in her new position.
“If you have the ability to impact on a greater level, then you have the responsibility to do your best to try,” she said. “We’ve been able to do some great things in agriculture. I’ve certainly appreciated the support from the ag teachers and ag industry in general.”
Wallace believes FFA has begun strategic planning for the future of agricultural education in the next 10 to 15 years. She also pointed to FFA’s relationships with Washington State University and the industry.
“I’m really proud of the team we’ve built,” she said. “I’m proud of being able to bring to light some of the great things we already had been doing and growing and starting some new programs.”
Wallace has had an “unbelievable” and “immeasurable” impact for FFA, said Abbie DeMeerleer, executive director of the Washington FFA Association.
“She has been an tireless advocate,” DeMeerleer said. “She’s been innovative, creative and very supportive of new initiatives of diverse growth in our organization, helping us look and grow forward.”
Wallace said she plans to continue to support FFA in her new capacity.