1. How long have you been teaching?
I have been in education for 37 years.
2. What made you want to become an Ag Teacher?
An Ag. teacher wrote an article about the Ag. Teaching profession and the need for Ag. teachers. My father had cut the article out of the paper for me to read. I was in FFA in high school and really liked taking Ag. classes. This newspaper article was the encouragement I needed to pursue becoming an Ag. Ed. Teacher.
3. What has been the highlight of your career as an Ag Teacher?
Everyday is a highlight when you are working with students to achieve their potential. But If I had to list one it would be the student who achieved their greatest potential and that I had the honor of working with was awarded as the National Star Farmer. I was fortunate to be part of his recognition as his advisor.
4. What would be some advice you would give to a new teacher?
Don't be afraid to ask questions.
5. If you weren't teaching, what other job do you think you would be doing?
I would be a supervisor in an Ag. related production facility.
6. What is your favorite FFA Activity, CDE, and class to teach?
My favorite FFA Activity is our K-Tours FFA event that brings in 1500 Kindergarten students from 30 different schools (Ft. Wayne area) to an area farm (Ag. Board Member). We have different ag. stations with hands on activities for the children to do while demonstrating to children the Ag. story of where their food comes from. FFA members actively run the entire event on their own with support from different Ag. associations, and businesses.
*My favorite CDE is "Soils"
*My favorite class to teach is "Mechanics/Welding"