|My Personal Teaching Creed...
I believe agriculture is the most vitally important industry in America and the world; therefore,
I believe the classes I teach are as important as any other classes taught and must be taught in a rigorous and challenging manner; to do otherwise is insulting to you as a student and dangerous to the future of agriculture.
I further believe each student is capable of learning and I expect each student to perform at a high level.
I believe the learning process is much more important than facts alone; and it is the student's responsibility to engage themselves in activities that promote the learning process.
I believe lecture, drill and review to be very minor elementary tools to use in the learning process; I prefer putting the feed in the trough to bottle feeding.
Most importantly, I believe CHARACTER, INTEGRITY and ATTITUDE will take you much further than brains;
I believe you will never care what I know until you know that I care.....And I do.
In a nutshell my life has always centered around agriculture. From the earliest time I can remember, I have been around farm life. Cows, chicken, pigs, hay and gardens have always been part of my life. It is a life and a way of life that I treasure and value deeply. As much as I value that, I truly feel my calling is to be a teacher and to share the many opportunities afforded to the next generation of agriculturalists.
If there is one part of the Agricultural Education Program that I am passionate about it is the FFA program. I know from first hand experience what it did for me as a shy introverted 9th grader and have seen it do the same for students that have come through my classroom. The awards listed below pale in comparison to the joy I feel when I see the student, who was a shy quiet greenhand , take charge and preside or speak at our FFA Banquet clearly and with conviction. That pride can never be put on any plaque but I have countless pictures in my mind and they are priceless.