John Mulcahy
Peoria High School
P. O. Box 39
Peoria, AZ 85380

Agriculture, 9–12

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1) What is one thing that needs to change in order to keep quality teachers in the profession?

Did you have a mentor who was particularly effective and supportive in shaping you as a teacher?


John Mulcahy, 2001
State Teacher of the Year, Arizona
John Mulcahy, Arizona's Teacher of the Year, has taught agricultural education for 22 years. During that time, he has taught in two states and taught everything from animal science to biotechnology. He has been three times named the Arizona Agriculture Teacher of the Year, for his innovative program that features orchards, a nursery, greenhouse, biotechnology laboratory, and golf course. Mulcahy prides himself on the fact that the program is student directed. Student managers run all phases of the agricultural program with a ferocious entrepreneurial appetite. They sell various products such as fruits and vegetables and a broad range of services including lawn mower maintenance. Mulcahy received his bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin and a master's degree from the University of Arizona. He serves on numerous boards and committees at the state and national level for career and technical education and is widely published in professional magazines.  

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