Two Panola County agriculture teachers were recently honored by the Agriculture Teachers Association of Texas at their annual conference in Corpus Christi this summer.

Timothy K. Boone, who has taught in both Gary and Carthage, was inducted into the 2022 Texas Hall of Fame. Mark Davis, who teaches at Carthage High School, received a 30-year service award.

Timothy K. Boone

Boone taught at Gary High School and Carthage High School. He has been active in Panola County with the Junior Livestock Show and the Soil and Water Conservation Board.

The Texas Hall of Fame recognizes and honors agricultural science teachers whose careers, achievements, and contributions stand exemplary. Inductees are known as well-rounded professionals that have proven their success with FFA activities, in the classroom, as well as through involvement in their community. They have proven their desire to provide students with opportunities for premier leadership, personal growth and career success over a significant period of time.

“This Hall of Fame recognition honors the continued commitment of educators like Mr. Boone who truly make our students grow into leaders,” said Ray Pieniazek, Executive Director of ATAT. “Agriculture education teachers within the Texas FFA go above and beyond for their students and this community. We celebrate Mr. Boone’s years of dedication to professional development with this special induction, marking the difference he has made in his students’ lives and Texas overall.”

Mark Davis

Davis received a 30-year service award from the Agriculture Teachers Association of Texas Davis is the Carthage ISD FFA advisor, and an agricultural science teacher at Carthage High School.

He is a 1986 graduate of Carthage High School and earned his bachelor of science in agriculture from Stephen F. Austin State University in 1991. He also earned a master of education from SFA in 2007.

Davis spent 10 years teaching ag science in Joaquin ISD before coming to Carthage ISD in 2002, and he has remained in the district for the last 20 years. He is currently serving his third term as a member of the board of directors for the Agriculture Teachers Association of Texas, has served as a member of the Major Livestock Show Advisory committee for the past 17 years, and serves on the ATAT Building Committee.

In addition, locally, Davis serves on the Area VI Wildlife Event Committee, the Panola County Junior Livestock Show Board of Directors, and has previously served 15 years as the Longview District FFA Teacher President and as a member of the Northeast Texas Community College Events Committee.

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