Mr. Keith Pankey, FFA Advisor of Dawson County High School, is another successful and dedicated FFA educator in the Amicalola EMC service area. An outstanding individual, who gives so much to his students, he received his Associates in Natural Sciences from Reinhardt University, a B.S. in Agriculture from the University of Georgia, a M.Ed. from the University of North Georgia and his Specialist in Education from Lincoln Memorial University. He is also a graduate of Chattahoochee Technical College. He has been involved in agriculture his whole life through family farming and professionally since college.
Currently, he is the Agricultural Mechanics teacher at Dawson County High School, also teaching Food Animal Systems and Plant & Landscape Systems, based in the new College and Career Academy on the DCHS campus.
Mr. Pankey is in his 23rd year of education. He was the first Agriculture Education teacher to ever be nominated for the Channel 5 News High Five Teacher-of-the-Year. He was Teacher-of-the-Year 2020-2021 for Dawson High School. He has had multiple state qualifying FFA Career Development teams. He’s had multiple area proficiency winners, with three placing 2nd in state. He’s also had three American Degree recipients since starting at Dawson High just a few years ago.
A lifelong resident of Ellijay, he’s been “married 21-years to my beautiful wife Michelle, and I have two beautiful children ages 16 and 14. My daughter Emma Grace is a junior at Dawson High and son Keifer is an 8th grader at Dawson Junior High.”
Mr. Pankey is also a recipient of the Amicalola EMC Bright Ideas Teacher Education Grant Program. Amicalola EMC congratulates him on his many accomplishments and says thank you to him for his leadership and dedication to provide a quality agricultural education experience to the students in Dawson County.
Lastly, anyone who knows him knows how he loves his overalls!
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