Amboy, IN | Certificate of Distinction: 2009
Thomas Daugherty is the agricultural science and business teacher at Maconaquah School Corporation, a position he has held for his entire 37 year career. He graduated from Purdue University in 1972 with a B.S. in Agricultural Education. He received his M.S., also in Agricultural Education, from Purdue in 1977. Daugherty also graduated from Class IV of the Indiana Agricultural Leadership Program.
In addition to his teaching responsibilities for Maconaquah, Daugherty has been the school corporation’s Peer Tutoring Director since 2005 and the Link Crew Freshman Orientation Director since 2002. In addition to his many teaching accomplishments, he has distinguished himself through scholarly activities in service to agriculture and natural resources education. Daugherty has written several curricula that are in use statewide, including the Indiana Advanced Life Sciences: Animals course (2004); the River Expedition Project of the ArrowHead Resource Conservation and Development District (1993) and the Indiana Natural Resources Management course (1991). In 2002, he co-authored a textbook, Managing Our Natural Resources, that is now in its 4th edition and is used throughout the United States in secondary agricultural education. As a teacher, he has mentored 10 agricultural education student teachers, six of whom are still teaching.
Daugherty has served in numerous leadership positions for his profession and for Purdue University. He served the Indiana Vocational Agriculture Teachers Association (Indiana Association of Agricultural Educators) as District Director (1984-87); State President (1987-88); and as the state delegate to the National Agriculture Teachers Association Conference (1987, 1988). Locally he supported Purdue as a member of the Miami County Extension Board, serving as Vice Chairman (1998-99) and Chairman (1999-2000). He has also served in college-wide roles, as a member of the College of Agriculture Dean’s Advisory Committee (1999-2002). His long-time service to the Purdue Council on Agricultural Research, Extension and Teaching (PCARET) includes a number of leadership roles: local representative (1998); area vice chair (1999); area chair (2000); state vice chair (2001); Washington, D.C. Legislative Leadership Team (1998-2001). He has also served as chair of the Purdue Agricultural Education Advisory Board (2000 to present), where he helped to evaluate and revise the undergraduate teacher education curriculum, and he presided over the move of the faculty from the College of Education to the College of Agriculture.
In Miami County, Daugherty’s service has left an indelible mark. As the recipient of the prestigious Christa McAuliffe Fellowship for Indiana in 1999, he used the fellowship award to establish Together Everyone Accomplishes More (T.E.A.M.) Miami County Youth Leadership Academy that focuses on at-risk youth and engages them in community service projects. Daugherty serves as the director/principal facilitator of the T.E.A.M. academy. He was a member of the steering committee to establish Miami County’s Leadership program and was the curriculum chairperson for the program in 1998 and 1999. He graduated from Leadership Miami County in 1999, then chaired the board of directors (2000-03); currently serves as recruitment chairperson (2003-present); and has been a session facilitator since the program began in 1999. His voice is well-known, too, as he’s been the public address announcer for all Maconaquah varsity football and basketball games since 1995. He was a member of Class 1 of the Miami County Sheriff’s Citizen Academy in 2005 and has been a volunteer presenter for the Transition Program at the Miami Correctional Facility (1999-present). Other community service includes: Miami County 4-H Fair Board (member 1989-92, treasurer 1990); and Converse Lions Club (member for 15 years; president 1990-91). Additionally, Daugherty has served as part-time pastor of the Santa Fe United Methodist Church since 1989.
Daughterty’s accomplishments and service have garnered many awards and recognition, including: Maconaquah Teacher of the Year (1976); Indiana FFA Association’s Distinguished Service Award (1988) and the Honorary Hoosier Farmer Award (2002); Miami County Citizen of the Year (1999); Epsilon Sigma Phi’s statewide Friend of Extension (2000); Miami County Soil & Water Conservation District Outstanding Conservation Teacher (2002 and 2005); Honorary Member, Indiana Association of Ag Educators – Purdue Chapter (2003); and Max E. Simon Leadership Award (2005).