Dedicated Future Farmer of America (FFA) member, accomplished agriculture teacher and FFA advisor, and diligent leader within the Coffee County Schools are only a few phrases that describe Mr. Joe K. Pedigo, who recently retired from his role as the Deputy Director for Coffee County Schools.
Pedigo is a Coffee County native, and attended Coffee County Central High School where he was an active member of the Coffee County FFA Chapter, stepping up to serving as the 1971-1972 Middle Tennessee Vice President on the state officer team.
During his tenure as an FFA advisor, he and his students experienced many successes. He prepared students each year for many levels of competition in dairy, livestock, horse, and soil judging, agricultural mechanics skills, parliamentary procedure, public speaking, and student record book projects.
His teams won state in dairy judging, parliamentary procedure, extemporaneous speaking and record book projects. One special achievement involved his son, Scott, and teammates when they won the state FFA Parliamentary Procedure contest. Another special moment was when his daughter, Julie, competed twice in the state extemporaneous speaking contest, and when she was elected Tennessee FFA Secretary in 1999.
Along with Julie, Pedigo saw three of his other students elected to state officer positions: Kelly Crouch (86-87 Reporter), Kip Green (90-91 Vice President) and Mitch Hockett (92-93 Vice President).
Pedigo not only worked hard in the classroom, but also for agriculture teachers across the state. In 1999, he was elected Vice-President for Tennessee Vocational Agriculture Teacher’s Association and served for three years in that capacity, then served for one year as President.
As Assistant Principal and Principal at CHS, Pedigo implemented many changes to improve the school to benefit the students. Under his leadership as Deputy Director, Coffee County has benefitted greatly. From determining building renovations, to serving on committees, to being parliamentarian for the school board, he is a valued addition to the system and he will be missed. He also continues to be a mentor to the agriculture program, providing advice and assists with preparing for contests as his time allows.
Coffee County has been fortunate to have Pedigo serve in his many roles, and the Coffee County FFA is grateful for his leadership throughout the years.