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Why I Teach Ag: Brandon Otto    
Sunday, September 15, 2019 | Author: Texas FFA News

What ag education classes do you teach?

Principles of Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources 
Agricultural Mechanics and Metal Technologies
Food Processing

Why do you teach ag?
I teach ag because I grew up with a strong agriculture background and I believe that it is important to teach our youth to be advocates for agriculture.

What is your favorite classroom memory?
My favorite classroom memory is when one of my students told me that "forcing" the class to do public speaking ended up being the reason he was able to get a job.  He said he was shy, and it helped him to get over his fear of talking in front of people.

What is your favorite FFA memory?
My favorite FFA memory was the first time I had a team make it to the state milk quality contest.  The students had worked so hard and we all were so excited that it paid off.

What advice would you give yourself as a first-year teacher?
Hang in there, it gets easier. Also, try to pace yourself.  There is only one you, and you can only do so much.

Why do you believe that ag education is so important?
I feel that since fewer people are directly involved with production agriculture, it has caused several generations to not really understanding what agriculture is. Ag education is a way we can teach students about this important subject and prepare them to be supporters and advocates for agriculture.

Do you have advice on balancing work/home life?
Pick a time that you want to be home and tell yourself you must walk away from work when the time comes. This is especially important when you have children of your own.

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