Legacy High School's Jalen Catalon was a final five contender for the prestigious honor.
Ron Whitson spent nearly 30 years teaching agriculture classes including 27 years as Agricultural Sceince Teacher in the Mansfield ISD (1980-2007). For the last seven years, Whitson has continued to serve public education as a Statewide Career and Technical Education Coordinator.
Ron Whitson serves on the Boards of Directors of several state a national organizations including the Texas FFA Association, HOSA – Texas Association, Texas DECA, Texas FFA Foundation, National Consortium for Health Science Education, National Partnership for Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security, and the Vocational Agriculture Teachers Association of Texas.
Architect: Huckabee & Associates, Inc. General Contractor: WRL General Contractors Cost: $3.2 million
Features of the facility include two 10,000-square-foot barns with configurable animal pens and an 11,000-square-foot Show Barn and Arena.
The Red Barn Learning Center is a display/exhibit area for students. The south side includes new pen extensions for viewing animals, the west features an outdoor classroom with a teaching wall, a horse pen to the north and a chick and fish hatchery and fingerling tank.
The property also includes a 400-square-foot greenhouse, spacious pastures for grazing, three ponds and meandering nature paths.