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Dr. John T. Wheeler


Dr. John T. Wheeler has probably had as much or greater effect on the program of Agricultural Education in Georgia than any other individual. He was the first employee in Agricultural Education (1917) and was Professor and Head of the Teacher Training Department at the University of Georgia until his death while in office in 1950.

Nationally, Dr. Wheeler was recognized as a leader in his field, as the influence of his work in Georgia helped shape the Vocational Agriculture program across the United States. Dr. Wheeler can be called the father of student teaching for his work in establishing the first apprentice teaching (student teaching) program in Georgia in 1929. Within a few years, every teacher education program in the state, in all academic and vocational areas, had implemented a full quarter of student teaching, based on the original program started by Dr. Wheeler. Dr. Wheeler had experienced the advantages of learning under a "master teacher" while serving as an apprentice in the cabinet making trade during his youth.

Dr. Wheeler is probably best known among present day agriculture educators for preserving the early history of Agriculture Education in Georgia through his book "Two Hundred Years of Agriculture Education."

John Taylor Wheeler was born on a farm near Towanda, Pennsylvania, January 15, 1886, the son of Marshall B. and Florence (Stratton) Wheeler. In 1916 he graduated with a B.S.A. degree from the University of Wisconsin. His undergraduate degree was in horticulture. He came to Georgia in 1917 to establish the first teacher education program in Agriculture Education.

 
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