Hale Center ISD
Hale Center ISD
Teach agriculture science to high schoolers. Subjects taught are floral design, horticulture, animal and plant science.
A typical day in the life of an Ag science teacher is busy. We don't work the typical teacher hours due to the extra-curricular component of our job, FFA. Daily in class, I get to share my passion, story, and interest with students. When that lightbulb goes off above their head that they've connected something I've taught to something they already knew but now they know why and how it does what it does is the ultimate reward.
The best thing I did after graduating was to teach high school ag for 2 years. You learn within those first 2 years that you don't know everything and you wish you would have done some things different or listened a little bit better in class. I then went to work in the Ag industry for 5 years. This was hands down the best thing I could have done before coming back to teach. I now teach more practical, job relatable skills to my students because I know now what the industry needed.
Here's the first step for everyone
Don't be afraid to ask veteran teachers for help. Use all your contacts, college professors, neighboring teachers, friend who are in different fields. The joy of ag teaching, we are a close family who helps and supports each other whenever needed.
"I heard teachers don't make that much money. "
It's not about the money, it's about the passion you get to share with students who may have not found their passions yet. It also gives you a chance to change someone's life by providing guidance and a listening ear. Sometimes that is all someone needs.
If you are dedicated and driven to earn a degree, there are resources out there to help you pay for it. It may take extra work on your part but in the end you will be rewarded with a degree that you love and a career you enjoy waking up for each day.