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Why I Teach Ag: Ralph Stokley    
Thursday, May 19, 2022 | Author: Texas FFA News

What ag education classes do you teach?
I teach Livestock Production, Advanced Animal Science, Equine Production and Small Animal Management.
Why do you teach ag?
I love working with the youth and being a part of the future of agriculture. Being an agriculture teacher, not only do I get the opportunity to teach inside the classroom, but also with my teams and helping with projects. I hope to help them build character, and they learn you only get out what you put in. Life isn't always fair, but the sky is the limit if you work hard and set goals for yourself.

What is your favorite classroom memory as a teacher?
I am not sure if there is just one favorite memory, but teaching agriculture mechanics was most rewarding. Even though I no longer teach that course, I enjoyed watching students come up with blueprints for a project, and doubt themselves in the beginning, but the project comes together in the end. It's rewarding to see the accomplishment and joy on their faces once they realize what they can do; it is truly priceless.

What is your favorite FFA memory?
I have been honored to teach and coach several great students over the years, ranging from state officer level to students not knowing the difference between animal species. To see them all succeed, and win banners at the state level, are memories I will cherish. However, moving back home to teach agriculture, where it all started for me, and being able to coach the first national qualifying livestock judging team Waller FFA has ever had is the greatest memory so far.

Why do you believe that ag education is so important?
I believe that ag education is an important part of ensuring the future of agriculture and teaching the fundamentals of our industry. This world will always need agriculture, and if we do not do our job educating the future, then we have failed to do our part to keep this industry alive.

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