Romona Thieme, Mississippi County Extension Service agent, recently received the 2010 Educator of the year Award. She was recognized in March at the state meeting held at Winrock Farms receiving an Educator of the Year plaque.
She has conducted school programs, worked with 4-H volunteer leaders, works with EHC clubs, conducted educational programs in the areas of food and nutrition, food safety, financial management, child care provider training, and leadership programs for juniors in high school.
She especially enjoys being part of the Leadership Program. It started as a pilot program in this area and is now in its 12th year.
This is Thieme's ninth year to help organize and work with young people through a summer program involving agriculture, 4-H and FFA. Leaders and young people from two counties, Mississippi County and Greene County, are involved. Last year the program provided ATV safety classes.
"I enjoy working with the people in Mississippi County," Thieme said. "I get to be out doing something different every day and meeting with people."
The National NEAFCS gives three awards each year, the Distinguished Service Award, the Continued Excellence Award, and the Educator of the Year Award.
Thieme received the Distinguished Service Award in 2004 and the Continued Excellence Award in 2007.
She will be recognized at the national level at a meeting in Portland, Maine, in September.
"Romona has been conducting top quality Extension programs for almost three decades in Mississippi County," Dave Freeze, Mississippi County Extension Service Chair, said. "Early in her career she built a strong 4-H youth program working with community clubs and conducting school enrichment programs. In the last decade most of her work has been in the area of Family & Consumer Sciences. She has conducted many programs to help local residents in key issue areas including nutrition, health, resource management, and leadership development. She is sought after by her peers and conducts programs and gives presentations at district and state levels. She is very active in several professional organizations, and has served in many leadership roles. Romona is indeed a great asset for Mississippi County."
Thieme lives in Manila with her husband, Jim, a retired agri teacher and farmer. They have one daughter, Rachel, a student at Arkansas Northeastern College.