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TEACH – Become an Instructor!

Train as a future Flower Show Schools Instructor


Educate potential Flower Show Judges


Advance interest in horticulture & floral design


Communicate NGC goals & objectives


Help promote flower shows


TEACH Details

TEACH is an initiative to develop future NGC Flower Show School Instructors.

Becoming an NGC Flower Show Schools Instructor takes time and effort—plus a certain skill set. The skills include communication, organization, creativity, time management, patience, leadership and technological skills as well as experience in both judging and exhibiting in NGC Flower Shows. Instructors create course outlines, provide classroom instruction and visual aids, and interact with students.

Do you know someone that fits that description? Do you fit that description?

Why TEACH? With TEACH, you can be part of a team—the team of NGC Flower Show School Instructors. Participants in the TEACH program will have the advantages of a standardized training program and the opportunity to share ideas via virtual and in-person seminars—but will have a deadline to complete all the program requirements. Participants will work on ONE course at a time—when that has been satisfactorily completed, they can move on to the next course.

The TEACH program will accept judges who have taken at least one refresher for credit, instead of two as required by the current application. This change allows judges who have more recently completed Flower Show School to apply for the program.

  • Be an NGC Accredited Judge
  • Have taken at least one refresher for credit
  • Demonstrate experience presenting programs and/or workshops within the last three years

Information to be included with application:

  • Name and contact information of one of the following who would recommend the applicant: State President, State Symposium Chairman, State FSS Chairman, or State Judges Credentials Chairman
  • Educational background
  • Lecturing and teaching experience
  • Lectures/demonstrations for garden clubs, study groups, etc. within the last 3 years
  • Additional training beyond Flower Show Schools
  • Statement as to why the applicant wants to become a FSS Instructor

TEACH Program Packet

  • Guidelines
  • Detailed curriculum outline needed for each course • Sample outlines (Design, Horticulture or Procedure)
  • Sample exam questions/answers • Sample point scoring forms
  • Standardized Teaching Outline for Course I ONLY (Design, Horticulture or Procedure)

Introduction to TEACH – via Zoom

  • Outline TEACH program
  • Discuss expectations and deadlines
  • Introduce NGC Instructors Chairmen – Horticulture, Design and Procedure
  • TEACH participants must attend ONE of the sessions
  • Sessions will be scheduled as needed—depending on number of applications received

Other Virtual Session Topics

To be taught by current NGC FSS Instructors and FSS Committee members

  • Teaching Methods – For the Classroom and Via Zoom
  • Using PowerPoint Effectively
  • Classroom Set-up
  • How to Write Exam Questions
  • Grading Exam Papers
  • Working with Accrediting Chairmen
  • How to Teach and Grade Point Scoring
  • Accepting a Teaching Assignment

In-Person Sessions

  • May be held at Instructors’ Symposium or NGC Convention
  • All TEACH participants will be required to present an 8 minute oral presentation for evaluation at one of the In-Person Sessions.

Application & Resources

Applications will be accepted from June 1 through October 31, 2023.

Click HERE to download the application.

Contact Judy Binns, Flower School Chairman, for more information.

Apply today and join the TEACH Team!