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Why I Teach Ag: Rod Vincent    
Monday, April 15, 2019 | Author: Texas FFA News

What ag education classes do you teach?

Principles of Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources 
Horticulture Science 
Floral Design 
Landscape Design and Management 
Animal Science
Why do you teach ag?
To hopefully encourage one student to do a little "extra" in life! I believe that "champions are made when no one is watching." There are so many things done in our profession that go unnoticed, like preparing lesson plans, securing SAE projects, hauling livestock to stock shows, and training LDE and CDE teams. Those are just some of the many reasons we teach, in addition to our inborn fondness for agriculture. I have been truly blessed to have taught with great teaching partners, people I am proud to call my friends. Relationships with my peers have given me a security that no matter what Texas town I am in. If I have car trouble, I can find a friend at the local ag department to help me out. I truly believe that teaching ag is a lifestyle, not a just a job!
What is your favorite classroom memory?
The day our students had their first plant sale from our greenhouse. It was a great feeling to watch students realize that being responsible and following procedures can lead to a successful event and outcome. Even if it's just a pansy sale!

What is your favorite FFA memory?
I have been blessed to teach many successful students. However, if I had to choose one memory that stands out it would be the year our chapter won both the state Junior and Senior Chapter Conducting LDE.

What advice would you give yourself as a first-year teacher?
It is better well done than well said! Sometimes it is best to look, listen and always be willing to ask questions.

Why do you believe that ag education is so important?
Ag education lays a solid foundation for any student to be successful, not only in college, but in life. Our curriculum and youth organization provide a balance for any student to find an avenue for success. It provides a path for all students to realize that a work ethic and good character can be the answer to many issues in life.

Do you have advice on balancing work/home life?
Every situation is different. However, it is best to find a balance, or your job can consume all your time. It seemed much easier when my wife and I began finding ways to work together. Her efforts and time become valuable to our students and she shared a small part in the success.

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