Kristie Keys

Kristie Keys

Agscience Teacher


Hale Center ISD

Milestones

Milestones

My road in life has been direct.
In high school I knew I wanted to be an ag teacher.
Choosing the college was the hardest part. I didn't know the best college for me. Both my high school ag teachers graduated from Tarleton so that's where I thought I needed to go.
Decided, at the last minute, to go to Texas Tech. The atmosphere just felt better and all professors were so personable.
Tech helped to prepare me for interviews and was very helpful at helping me choose the perfect job for me.
Keep following my journey
Education

Education

highschool
High School
Merkel High School
undergrad
Bachelor
Interdisciplinary Agriculture
Texas Tech University
graduate
Graduate
Agricultural Education
Texas Tech University
certification
Certification/License
n/a
Texas International Cotton School
Career

Career

Agscience Teacher

Teach agriculture science to high schoolers. Subjects taught are floral design, horticulture, animal and plant science.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Education
Education
Science
Science
Teaching / Mentoring
Teaching / Mentoring

Day to Day

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.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

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.

Advice for Getting Started

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.

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

undergrad
Bachelor
Interdisciplinary Agriculture
graduate
Graduate
Agricultural Education
certification
Certification/License
n/a
Hurdles

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Teachers:

"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.

Challenges I Overcame

Financial
Financial

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.