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Why I Teach Ag: Katelyn Ebrom    
Tuesday, February 14, 2023 | Author: Texas FFA News

What ag education classes do you teach?
I have taught Principles of AFNR, Floral Design, Advanced Floral Design, Greenhouse Operations and Management and Horticulture.
Why do you teach ag?
They say when a passion and career come together, you never work a day in your life. That’s exactly how I feel about teaching ag. My parents were both teachers, and having grown up in a rural setting, I developed a passion for agriculture at an early age and loved the thought of teaching others about my way of life. Plus, I thoroughly enjoyed my experiences as an ag student. FFA opened many opportunities and really developed me into who I am today. I’ve been fortunate to have had teachers who invested and believed in me. I wanted to be that teacher for students one day. I worked in the industry right out of college but felt I had missed my mark in life. A couple of years into working, I decided to switch gears and go into teaching, and I haven’t looked back since. I love the investment I get to make in young people every day. Not only do I get to teach them about agriculture, but I also get to shape them into successful adults through their experiences with FFA. I tell everyone I love my job and thank God daily that I get to do this for a living. What a true joy it is to be able to answer this calling.

What is your favorite classroom memory as a teacher?

Some memories that stick out in my mind involve fun lessons in the classroom. For example, the time we simulated castration or artificial insemination in advanced animal science. Then there was the time in principles of ag when we held a mock meeting to decide which trail mix to make while using the parliamentary procedure rules. The kids were laughing and engaged. It was fun for me and a fun learning experience for them! It made them think about the process and challenged them.
What is your favorite FFA memory?
There are definite memories that will stick with me throughout my tenure as an ag teacher. Still, honestly, the times I love the most as an FFA advisor would be anytime we’re in the vehicle riding to a contest, leadership camp, or convention. It’s the time that I listen to students laugh and be carefree, and I get to build a strong relationship with my students by simply getting to know them. 

Why do you believe that ag education is so important?
Each year as my students come into my classroom, I tell them even if they are not going directly into the ag industry, my job is to make them an educated consumers. They need to know where food comes from, how the supply chain works, and how to feed themselves if required. I believe ag education is so important as we move further and further away from generational farming. Even teaching in a rural setting, you would think my students know, but the simple fact is that they don’t. It’s my job as an ag educator to inform them. Knowledge is something no one will ever be able to take away from them, and if we don’t educate others, someone else will tell our story for us, and we don’t get to verify those facts.

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