Darren Swartz, agricultural educator at Bloomer High School, has been awarded the Outstanding Agricultural Education Teacher Award from the Wisconsin Association of Agricultural Educators. This award was presented at the WAAE Professional Development Conference held virtually June 29-July 2 Swartz was also selected as the one winner from Wisconsin to be considered for the national award.

The Outstanding Educator Award recognizes teachers who conduct the highest quality agricultural education programs. These individuals provide excellent classroom experiences, community and professional service and are lifelong learners.

Swartz has been an instructor at Bloomer High School since 2004.

Members within the Bloomer FFA chapter gain experience and make professional connections through the partnerships that Swartz has cultivated throughout the community.

Swartz has been selected for other teaching honors, presented workshops, attended conferences, and worked to stay up-to-date on new technologies and strategies. He has also served on the Wisconsin Association of Agriculture Educators board in various capacities in recent years.