Dr. David Mandel, Principal of Marana High School, was named the Arizona FFA Administrator of the Year. He was recognized for his outstanding support of Agricultural Education programs and FFA chapters on the local, district, and state levels.
Dr. Mandel was nominated by Ashley Haller, Agriscience Instructor and FFA Advisor.
“A school principal is the heart of the school and Dr. Mandel takes great pride in ours,” Ms. Haller said. “He is always heading projects that will give our students a distinguishable edge for their future. With his assistance and backing, we have been able to undertake a massive facelift for the Agriscience Program at MHS.”
Ms. Haller shared that Dr. Mandel has significantly invested his time, energy and school resources into the program. Under his leadership, the Agricultural Teaching Land Lab added ten small animal pens, two chicken coops, much-needed security cameras and fencing surrounding the facility from outside predators. Dr. Mandel assisted the Agriculture shop in attaining industry-standard teaching equipment, a yearlong task completed last December. He applied for and received $25,000 in grant funding since 2019 for the program.
“David Mandel has fully embraced the diversity of the Marana High School student body and supported the creation of service, interest, and support of all student organizations,” Ms. Haller said. “Whether engaging in club membership or assisting in growing Career and Technical Education programs, he cultivates a distinctive culture, ensuring that every student feels a sense of belonging at Marana High School.”
Congratulations, Dr. Mandel, for the honorable recognition!