For this week’s Teacher Spotlight I chose to interview Mrs. Stacey Hartley from District 4. I wanted to interview her because she teaches at the middle school level and not much light has been shed on the middle school programs.
She has been teaching for 12 years, where her first two years were spent at Clinton Central. She then moved to Lebanon Middle School where she currently teaches. One of her major accomplishments is that she was able to start the agriculture program and FFA at Lebanon Middle School in 2004. Mrs. Hartley loves seeing the excitement in her students when they walk into her classroom. She chose to teach Ag because of her high school Ag teacher, Mr. Marrison. Hartley said that he helped her to be more outgoing and encouraged her to try different things. She originally wanted to do 4-H/Youth Extension but her first day of student teaching changed her mind. She loved the enthusiasm from the students and it just pushed her to be better. She loves that she is able to motivate and encourage students the same way Mr. Marrison did for her. Some advice that she would give to a future Ag teacher would be to “Be the teacher you would want your own children to have.” An Ag teacher needs to be a positive role model not only in the classroom but at home as well. A balance needs to be present between school and family, and it can be difficult to do.