Mr. John Kunney began his teaching career in
Barrow County in 1958. He then taught in Tattnall County for 35
years until 1996. During this time, many changes occurred in the
Agricultural Education program, including the merging of the NFA
and the FFA. Mr. Kunney provided leadership for a smooth transition.
Under his guidance, many students received honors for
excellence in both NFA and FFA competitions. Mr. Kunney had the
privilege of having both a national proficiency winner and a Star
Farmer of America. His instructional program was developed to meet
the needs of all the students in his classes. Mr. Kunney had a special
ability to make students want to do their very best. Even today,
students who have graduated often seek his advice.
A state licensed electrical contractor himself, Mr.
Kunney had 12 district winners in EMC electrification competitions.
His chapter was a 15-time district winner in the Georgia Power electrification
contest and a 7-time state winner. Other accomplishments of his
students include 72 winners in district and state livestock shows.
Mr. Kunney organized the Tattnall County Young
Farmer Chapter to provide an educational program for the farmers
in his county. He served as advisor for both the FFA and Young Farmer
programs for a number of years. In the later years of his career,
he became the full-time advisor of the Young Farmer chapter and
guided them to the state chapter award and the state farm family
award. With his leadership, the chapter and community members raised
over $70,000 to fund the construction of a top quality livestock
pavilion for the community. The Young Farmers and school administration
honored Mr. Kunney by naming the livestock pavilion in his honor.
Mr. Kunney holds both the Honorary State and
American FFA Degrees. He is also an honorary member of the Tattnall
County Young Farmers. Mr. Kunney has truly lived up to the advisor's
part of the opening ceremony during his teaching career.