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Why I Teach Ag: Brent Wicker    
Sunday, August 15, 2021 | Author: Texas FFA News

What ag education classes do you teach?

I teach Ag Mechanics, Welding, Advanced Welding, Ag Equipment, Career Preparation.

Why do you teach ag?
I truly enjoyed my student teaching experience at Jacksboro with Mr. Joe Ray Burkett. But, of course, the canned answer is, "I do it for the kids." That's true, but it's still a calling. I enjoy teaching most days, and I understand the tremendous value of teaching ag.  There is no other facet of education positively impacts their lives.  It matters, and it makes a difference.  Our youth need as many great ag teachers as they can get, and I strive to be one of them.

What is your favorite classroom memory?

One of my favorite classroom memories occurred when we had a snow day at school.  I picked up several of my ag mechanics guys, and we worked on our ag mech projects in the shop for nearly 12 hours that day.  Everyone worked hard, had a good time, and we had to take breaks occasionally to build a snowman and have a good old-fashioned snowball fight.
What is your favorite FFA memory?
The most exhilarating moment of my career was when my 2011 senior skills demonstration team won the state contest. I thought my heart would beat out of my chest right before they announced the 2nd place team. 

Why do you believe that ag education is so important?

Agriculture science courses and FFA involvement teach lessons students can carry with them the rest of their lives. But, it is so much more than just academics. Students see more significant benefits from these programs than any other if they buy in. There's something for everyone in ag. As ag teachers, it is our responsibility to spark the interest and ensure more young people will play an active role in the agriculture industry to carry on the wonderful legacy that was left for us. 

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