Title: USD 235 Uniontown High School agriculture teacher
How did you end up being an educator and why?
"I grew up in 4-H and FFA. I went to K-State and started in agricultural engineering. The ag ed professor, Howard Bradley, asked me if I was interested in ag ed I realized in college that engineering wasn't for me. I liked ag ed, and I like youth. It was a natural fit."
Who was a teacher or professor who inspired you and how?
"In high school an ag teacher inspired me, Terry Fanning. I think he challenged me to be a good FFA member and good person. When I graduated high school, I looked back and thought maybe I could do that for other kids."
Is there there someone n history or current events who inspires you and why?
"My dad inspired me. He was a lifelong learner, always fascinated by new ideas and education. He inspired me to learn all I could."
What are the greatest challenges in education today?
"Keeping up with technology; sticking to the basics -- being able to read and write and solve problems ... also keeping up with busy schedules in a small school. Our kids here are so busy, they are in everything."
Do you have any advice for someone who wants to go into education?
"Education is a 24/7 career. There are teachable moments in school and out of school. I would also encourage them to have a hobby."
Experience: 32 years of teaching at Uniontown HighSchool
Hometown: Dover, Kan., 15 miles southwest of Topeka
Education: Bachelor of science and master's of science from Kansas State University in agriculture education
Family: Married to Brenda for more than 26 years. She is a teacher at West Bourbon Elementary School. His son, Reed, 20, is attending Butler County Community College majoring in agricultural economics; Chase, 17, is a junior at UHS.
Interests/hobbies: Serving in Ruritan, Bourbon County Fair Board, 4-H youth livestock and meats program, a commercial cow-calf operation on his farm, and mentoring first year agriculture teachers
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