Subjects you teach: Animal Science, Plant Science, Natural Resource Science, Ag Biology, Ag Mechanics, Leadership.
Education and or Experience. My education includes a B.S. in AG ED and a M.E. in CTE. I was raised on a beef/crop operation and currently help with that as well as raising goats.
How many years have you been teaching? This is my 7th year
What do you love most about being an Ag. Teacher? I love making a difference in students’ lives through agriculture education. I also like being an extra support system for students. What is your biggest challenge as an Ag. Teacher? Not having enough time to get everything in all aspects of my life accomplished in a manner I would like them done.
What most prepared you for being an agriculture educator? Growing up in the Ag. Industry prepared me the most.
What does a typical day look like for you? Get up, get ready, check the animals at my house, and drive into Logan for school. Once to the school I prep for the day, visit with students who come early, teach, mentor students, and prepare for FFA events and activities. I throw down some food at lunch, finish teaching for the school day, grade papers, prep and drive home. Once I’m home I spend time with family, feed my animals at my house, help on the family farm, participate as youth church group advisor, bath kids, put them in bed, get ready for bed myself, talk with my wife for a bit, then go to bed!
If you could describe your career in two to three words what would they be? Changing kids’ lives If you could relive one of your most memorable days as a teacher, which day would it be and why? Not the day I first called a student "a little shit" even though I vividly remember it. The day I would relive is the first time I took students to National Convention. One day on the trip my wife and I took four energetic boys to Lexington National Cemetery. It was a special experience, and I will remember it the rest of my life. It was a phenomenal trip that changed some of those boys’ lives. What personal qualities or abilities do you think are important to being successful in this profession? Work ethic, and a passion for helping out kids!!! What would you say to an individual who is considering this profession? You won't ever be bored in this career. Some days you will ask yourself why you made the choice, but you will never regret it!!
What have you learned thus far in your teaching career that you wish you would have known when you first began teaching? There is more to teaching than just sharing information