Dr. Argene Claxton has taught Agriculture Education at Perry High School for twenty-seven years. Through Dr. Claxton’s work, his program and FFA members have achieved almost unprecedented success at the region, state and national levels.
Dr. Claxton earned his Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Agriculture Education from the University of Georgia. He received the Doctorate of Education Degree from Argosy University.
Since he began his career as a teacher of agriculture, Dr. Claxton and his students have had numerous accomplishments. The agricultural program at Perry High School has flourished -- to say the least. Seven of his students have gone on to become State FFA Officers and one of his students served as National FFA President. Dr. Claxton has coached six National CDE winning teams in forestry, nursery-landscape, floriculture, and public speaking and has had two National Proficiency winners. His students have won thirty-five State FFA senior team events and finished in the top-ten in National FFA competitions sixteen times.
Dr. Claxton has been named Perry High School STAR teacher three times and has been honored as Teacher of the Year by school faculty. His dedication to both agriculture and Georgia’s youth is unwavering. His enthusiasm, innovativeness and his genuine care for the education and development of youth is exemplary. His caring attitude with students, teachers, administrators and community has earned him an enviable reputation as an excellent teacher who truly cares about his profession.
Argene Claxton has served as an Area representative for PRC, District and Area director for GVATA, and President of the Georgia Vocational Agriculture Teacher’s Association. Dr. Claxton’s efforts have helped expand the agriculture education programs in Houston County. When he first began teaching in Houston County, there were three agriculture teachers in two schools. Now, agriculture education programs exist in six schools with nine teachers in a system that is considered an urban county. Certainly this success is due in large part to the hard work of Argene Claxton.
Dr. Claxton has been recognized by organizations outside Agriculture Education as well. In 2006, the University of Georgia Alumni Association awarded Dr. Claxton the Alumni Award of Excellence.
His devotion to agriculture extends beyond his classroom. His students grow and plant landscape plants and flowers all around the city of Perry to beautify the community. His most recent project was landscaping the Georgia Farm Bureau office in Perry. Dr. Claxton has helped instill a love and appreciation for agriculture among Georgia’s youth.
Dr. Claxton and his wife Sandy reside in Perry with their children Katie and Tyler. His father, Mr. B.H. Claxton, was a Charter Member of the Hall of Fame. They are the only father-son members of this prestigious group.