Gwen was an agricultural education instructor for 30 years (1986-2016) at Avery County High School prior to her retirement. She received her bachelor’s degree in agricultural education from NC State University (1986) and her master’s degree in agricultural education from NC A&T State University (1990). In addition, Gwen received her National Board Certification in 2005. Gwen, along with her husband, Dee, and children, Carson, and Jared, operate a Fraser Fir Christmas tree and plant nursery operation. When Gwen is not busy doing her part in the family business, she is active in her church and with local agricultural organizations such as the Avery County Fair, Farm Bureau, Christmas Tree Growers Association and the local Cooperative Extension Service. Gwen is also a member of the NC FFA Alumni Council and serves as the Western Region Representative. Gwen has two grandchildren, Tessa and Callum.
B.S. Agricultural Edcuation NC State 1986
M.S. Agricultural Education North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University 1990