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Mr. Jacob Ball
Jacob Ball is a native of Nelson County, Kentucky, where he grew up in the small community of Culvertown on his family’s small hobby farm where his passion for agriculture began. During high school he enrolled in agriculture courses and became very active in the Nelson County FFA. His decision to become an agriculture teacher was heavily influenced by the amazing impact that his high school agriculture teachers had on him. After graduating from Nelson County High School in 2007, Mr. Ball attended the University of Kentucky and received his Bachelors of Science in Agricultural Education in 2011. During his time at UK, Mr. Ball was very active in several campus organizations and attended as many UK events as he could (He and his wife met at a UK football game their freshmen year!). After graduating from UK, Mr. Ball taught one year at Henderson County High School in Western KY and then was blessed to have the opportunity to return to Nelson County and teach at his alma mater for four years. In 2016, the chance to return to Lexington and teach at Locust Trace pulled Jacob away from Nelson County to continue his career in a new location. Mr. Ball also has a Masters Degree in Teacher Leadership from the University of the Cumberlands and his Education Specialist Degree in Administration from UK.
Mr. Ball was named the Association of Career and Technical Educators New Teacher of the Year for Kentucky and Region 2. He is active in the Kentucky Association of Agricultural Educators (KAAE) where he currently serves as the Vice Chair for the Bluegrass Region and is the Chair of the KAAE Professional Growth Committee.
At Locust Trace, Mr. Ball teaches primarily Food Science, Environmental Science, and Principles of Agriculture. He serves as a FFA advisor. His favorite FFA events are FFA Camp, the Food Science CDE, FFA conventions, and leadership conferences. He hopes that his love for FFA and agriculture is evident to his students and that he can motivate them to get as much as possible from their time at Locust Trace.
Mr. Ball married his wife, Lindsey, in 2015 and they currently live in Lexington with their yellow lab, Reese, and goldendoodle, Vinny. Outside of school, Mr. Ball loves to be outside with his dogs, spending time with his wife, golfing, and enjoying UK sports.