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Why I Teach Ag: Magan Escamilla    
Tuesday, May 16, 2023 | Author: Texas FFA News

What ag education classes do you teach?
I have taught Advanced Animal Science, Veterinary Medical Applications, Practicum of Vet Med, Equine Science, Small Animal Management, and Livestock Production.
Why do you teach ag?
Those of you that know him love him- Joe Lemmons. He is one of the main reasons I teach ag. As my ag teacher, I felt like he always knew the answer, had lots of patience, and had so much fun every day at work. Working alongside one of my greatest influences over the last eight years has been incredible. He's my mentor, one of my best friends, and "Uncle Joe" to my son. I don't know if Joe realizes how he changed the trajectory of my life through the classroom and FFA as a young person. Through my experiences, I was challenged to realize my potential and find my voice. I hope that as an ag teacher I have been able to do the same!

What is your favorite classroom memory as a teacher?

In ag education, I like to think there is a special trifecta that is rarely achieved. The trifecta consists of supportive administrators, teaching partners that you can work with and truly love as people (Joe Lemmons and Shannon Tidwell are as good as it gets), and the most precious resource, great students. 

I don't have a particular classroom memory that I can name as my favorite, but knowing my classroom is a physical representation of the trifecta coming together daily for me is what I will call my favorite. I am very grateful to be doing something I love at an incredible school with people who take great care of me.

What is your favorite FFA memory?
My favorite FFA memory as a teacher is the state vet science contest in 2018. In 2017, I had a group of amazing girls that got second at the state contest by a single point, and they were devastated.

That next season, I only had one returner from the 2017 state team and some students that were rookies or taking another shot at making the team. They were out for blood! 
I was at state results in what I would call a muumuu and slip-on shoes because I was two weeks away from having my son. I had to go shopping at Marshall's in Huntsville the day before while floriculture competed because suddenly nothing I packed fit anymore- not even my shoes. 

All of that to say, as results were being announced I thought we had fallen just short again. Instead, they pulled through with a victory of .666 points, and it was as close as it gets.

It's so fun to look back on the backdrop photo now and know that my son was in a state championship photo just before being born alongside some of the greatest people I have ever had the pleasure of teaching and coaching. I am still immensely proud to have been able to take that team to Indy that fall.

Why do you believe that ag education is so important?
As a student, ag education taught me about the food supply and how to be an educated consumer. Just being in the classes allows for that which is fundamentally important to all people. 

Beyond that, a fully immersed student in agricultural education has the potential to learn so much more. Most importantly, I believe students learn about themselves, what they're capable of, how to solve problems, and work ethic.

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