Academic journal article The Agricultural Education Magazine

Passing the Torch

Academic journal article The Agricultural Education Magazine

Passing the Torch

Article excerpt

Agriculture teaching is one of the best professions in the ield of agriculture. I look at it as not a job, but as something you love to do and look forward to every day going to the classroom. You are molding tomorrow's agriculture leaders and having fun doing it. As an agriculture teacher you play many roles. You are a teacher, parent figure, counselor, businessman, administrator, community leader, and most important-a role model for students to look up to and follow.

You set the example by setting goals, having the right attitude and motivating students to achieve their dreams and goals. The extra hours spent and hard work is very rewarding in this profession. The awards received and achievements accomplished by your students are the pay back for all the extra work and hours you put in. There is nothing more rewarding to me, as an agriculture teacher of 36 years at Atascadero High School, Atascadero, California, than to realize and watch students achieve their dreams and goals and become successful leaders in their chosen field. Years later, numerous past students will comment to me that the principles they learned while in the agriculture classroom or their experiences in the National FFA Organization has lead them to their success today.

You need to give it 110% and at the same time have a balanced life. You need to rank your priorities as God, family, and then your profession. I always did something fun with the family on weekends and focus on my family during our vacations. My children later became very involved in FFA and the agriculture program, so being a parent and also their agriculture teacher became the best of both worlds.

There are key people and departments at your school that you need to build a relationship and have open communication to become more effective and successful as an agriculture teacher. …

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