By: Mollie Lastovica
Eight agricultural science students traveled to the 84th annual Texas FFA Convention in Corpus Christi, Texas, July 10-13 as part of the Learning to Lead Agricultural Science Workshop class, AGSC 380. The class was led by Associate Professor, Julie Harlin, Ph.D.
Chris Duke, Ashley Hambleton, Tanner Kilpatrick, Hannah Murphy, Mike Perez, Marcus Sodek, Kyle Walker and Amanda Zubiate experienced, first hand, the role of agriculture teachers at state convention.
“We interacted with high school agriculture teachers and networked with vendors that represent the agricultural community,” Perez says.
The students observed teachers presiding over their students in the convention setting and were able to witness one of the experiences affiliated with teaching agriculture in Texas high schools that takes both students and teachers out of the classroom to learn leadership skills and opportunities in agriculture.
“I was able to understand the positive effects that agricultural teaching has on the students,” Perez says. “It is another approach to learning for the students that exposes them to reality more than four walls of a classroom can.”
Students who participated in the summer class are now familiar with their future role as teachers and are more prepared to undergo their transition from student to teacher.
“This class helped me grow and see the impact we have on future generations as a teacher,” Perez says. “I learned the important, critical role teachers play in students’ lives.”