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Teacher Feature: Jay Craven & Sally Burnett

We appreciate our dedicated teachers and are honored to share their accomplishments!

Jay Craven

Jay Craven, sponsor of Holden FFA, was among 5 teachers from across the country presented the Honorary American FFA Degree award at the 2018 National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana. This award is given to those who advance agricultural education and FFA through outstanding personal commitment. Mr. Craven also serves as the Trap Team Coach. His team recently became the 2018 Area 7 Trap League Champions!

Mr. Craven has taught in Owensville, Jefferson City, and Blue Springs before coming to Holden. He teaches Agricultural Science, Conservation & Natural Resources, Greenhouse 1 & 2, Introduction to Mechanics, & Drafting at the high school. Mr. Craven excels in keeping his students and their parents in the loop by utilizing Remind messages and emails regarding upcoming events and activities.

Mr. Craven grew up in Tarkio, MO and was active in FFA. He has experience working at the University of Missouri Research Farm and operating a commercial cow/calf operation with a Brangus bull (and occasionally A.I.). He has a Bachelor of Science degree as well as his Masters in Education from Mizzou. He and his wife, Kerri, have two sons and the entire family is very active in Cub/Boy Scouting. Mr. Craven is a Runner in the Tribe of Mic-O-Saw and an Eagle Scout.craven ffa award  craven ffa 20 year recognition   craven ffa food across america







Sally Burnett

Sally Burnett, teacher at the high school, was featured in a recent JumpStart Coalition article for her work to promote financial literacy. At Holden, she teaches American History, personal finance, economics, business education and social studies.

Mrs. Burnett currently serves as Vice President of Missouri FBLA-PBL Professional Division, assists with the Scholar Bowl team, and has been the Holden Student Council advisor for 11 years. During her tenure, Holden Student Council, a proud member of the Missouri Association of Student Councils (MASC), has achieved Gold Level Honor Council status at the state level. Many times you can find her with her Leadership Class around town, getting involved in community activities and planning!

Sally graduated from Central Missouri State University (now UCM) with a bachelor’s degree in History, a minor in Business Administration, and a master’s degree.

In 2013 Mrs. Burnett was recognized as the Missouri Council of Social Studies High School Teacher of the Year.

In 2014, she was recognized by the National JumpStart Coalition as an innovative educator in financial literacy.

Recently, Mrs. Burnett was chosen from educators across the United States to attend the Changemaker Summit in March 2019, hosted by Next Gen Personal Finance! This gathering brings together 100 personal finance educators from high schools in 36 states who are passionate and motivated to improve financial education in their community in the next 18 months.
Tim Ranzetta, co-founder of Next Gen Personal Finance, states, "We are extrememly excited about the opportunity to host such a talented and passionate group of educators for our Changemaker Summit. While 90% of students and parents believe that personal finance should be taught in high school, only 16% currently get it. This inspriting group of Changemakers will close that gap."
Mrs. Burnett is excited to be selected as a summit attendee saying, "Thanks to the efforts of Tim Ranzetta and his dedicated team, Next Gen Personal Finance is one of the premier sources of current information about all things Personal Finance. The team is constantly updating and adding to resources and committed to providing the resources to educators at no cost. I am really looking forward to interacting with my colleagues from across the nation as we work to increase financial literacy for students and educators."

Mrs. Burnett is married to Mike Burnett. They have two daughters, who are currently attending Northwest Missouri State. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, reading, gardening, cooking, and fishing.

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JumpStart Coalition’s article