Teachers Group Honors Retiring GRTS Director Ron Wolf
Posted Aug. 6, 2013
Ron Wolf (right), recently retired director at Grand River Technical
School, was recognized by the Missouri Vocational Agriculture Teachers
Association for his contribution of 44 years of service to agricultural
education in the state of Missouri during the MVATA Conference in Springfield, Mo. The
Missouri Farm Bureau joined MVATA in honoring the retirees and was represented by
Eric Volmer (left). MVATA is a professional agriculture education teacher association that has 486
members serving 327 schools.
Retire from GRTS Leadership Roles
Two brothers with nearly 80 combined years of service to Chillicothe are
set to retire soon.
June 4 2013
Ron Wolf (pictured left) and Roger Wolf (right) have served the Chillicothe R-2 School District as
instructors and administrators for nearly 80 combined years. Ron began teaching in the district in
1971. Roger came to Chillicothe in 1977.
C-T Photo / Austin Buckner
Two brothers with nearly 80 combined years of service to Chillicothe are
set to retire soon. Roger and Ron Wolf, co-directors at Grand River Technical School, have
served the Chillicothe R-2 School District in some capacity since the
1970s. Ron began his tenure as an agriculture instructor in 1971 after
teaching two years in Gilman City, Mo. Ron became assistant director of
GRTS in 1984 and director in 1989.
Roger began with the R-2 district as an agriculture instructor in 1977
after teaching four years in Orrick, Mo., and two years in Liberty, Mo.
Roger taught for his first 12 years in Chillicothe before working in a
directorial fashion for the past 24.
Roger said the decision to move to Chillicothe in the 1970s was due to the
school's reputation as one of the top FFA chapters in the state. Despite
taking a pay cut moving from the Kansas City metropolitan area to rural
Chillicothe, Roger said the opportunity to teach agriculture here was
something he couldn't turn down. "When I left Liberty to come to Chillicothe, everybody up here
wanted to go to Liberty because they were paying more money," Roger said.
"I was teaching agriculture, and the opportunities to teach agriculture were a
lot better in Chillicothe than in Liberty. I thought it was the best ag
school in Missouri, best ag department, best FFA chapter. I really wanted
to come here."
Since 2004, Ron and Roger have worked alongside one another as
co-directors of GRTS. Roger said their cohesiveness in the workplace can
be attributed to working together on the farm in their younger years.
"We worked together all through our youth farming together and hauling
millions of bales of hay together," Roger said. "It wasn't any different.
No complaints. I don't think we had one argument the whole time we were
working together. It's just something we've grown up doing, and it just
worked fine while we were here, too."
At the GRTS graduation exercises on May
31, Missouri State Senator David Pearce called GRTS the best technical school in the state. Ron agrees with
that sentiment and said that success could not be possible without the
strong school and community support the school has received during his
time as director. "We have a lot of support from our 16 area schools and our business
community," Ron said. "We have an outstanding staff, and all of our
students are here because they want a career in a technical field. We also
get a lot of support from the Chillicothe school district and our
Ron and Roger are not the only members of the Wolf family who have served
the Chillicothe district over the years. Ron's wife, Sandra, retired nine
years ago after serving 18 years as a first grade teacher at Dewey Elementary.
Roger's wife, Linda, is also retiring this year. She is leaving her position as administrative assistant at Field Elementary.
Roger's children also work in the district. Jamie Summers is an instructor
with Head Start, Shanda Wagers works at Chillicothe Middle School and Neal
Wolf is an agriculture instructor.
Both brothers said their fondest memories of their time with GRTS has been
the success of the school's many students. "I think the success is the fact that most of our students earn the life
skills and the career skills they need for success after they leave
school." Ron said. "Another success is seeing your former students have good jobs, not only
in agriculture but in other areas," Roger said. "Now, one of the greatest
things is seeing your former students' children come back to school involved in the same things their mom or dads were.
It's just good to see the family traditions carried on."
Chapter's Pig Show Extravaganza
May 18 and 19,
a special recognition ceremony was held during the North
Central Missouri Showpig Bonanza. Ron Wolf and Roger Wolf, Co-Directors at the Grand River Technical School, are retiring
at the end of the 2012-2013 school year from the Chillicothe R-II School system after 78 years of combined service to the
district. The Chillicothe FFA Chapter along with the Chillicothe FFA Alumni
had chosen to honor the two men by renaming the North Central Showpig
Bonanza to the Wolf Showpig Bonanza. The two men were presented with jackets that had the new logo for the show embroidered
on them. Ron and Roger have been strong supporters of the youth in this
community as well as influential in the growth of showing livestock in our
community. We thank them for their service and know they will continue to
support this community and the swine industry in this area.
April 16, 2013
MO - Ron and Roger Wolf, retiring co-directors of the Grand River Technical School in
Chillicothe, were honored April 11 by the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and
Natural Resources at its annual Celebration of Excellence Award ceremony.
"Ron and Roger are
outstanding examples of effective local education leaders," said Paul Steele, MU Curator Emeritus.
"They focus on the potential of each student and influence young people to aspire from high
school to post-secondary education excellence. They are fine representatives and supporters of
the University of Missouri in their own professional activities and in their influence on students to
attend and succeed at the University."
Both brothers were awarded a Citation of Merit Award for their work as a
driving force in establish the Litton Agri-Science Learning Center.
"Their commitment to the agriculture community in Chillicothe is shown
with the development of the Litton Agri-Science Learning
Center," said Keith Dietzschold, Missouri FFA executive secretary.
"By partnering with teachers, community members, administration, 4-H, fair board and donors,
they have worked with agriculture teachers to build a one-of-a-kind showcase of agriculture in memory of Jerry Litton. This is a facility that
will stand the test of time and one that will work to educate people about
agriculture for years to come."
Roger Wolf earned a
Master's in Ag Education in 1976 from CAFNR. Ron Wolf earned a
Master's degree from CAFNR in Ag Education in 1977.
Retiring From R-2's GRTS
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At their closed executive session on Tuesday night,
February 19, the Chillicothe R-2 Board of Education accepted the resignations of Grand
River Technical School co-directors Ron and Roger Wolf, effective at the
end of the 2012-13 school year.
The Wolf brothers have served as co-directors at GRTS for nine years. Ron
has been the director since 1989, at which point Roger was appointed the
assistant director. The duo were given the co-director positions in 2004,
after they showed interest in initial retirement.
Ron has been with the Chillicothe R-2 School District for 42 years.
Roger has been with the district for 36 years.
Both started their careers as agriculture instructors.