Agriculture Science Teacher
The greatest educational experience of my life has been as a teacher. My passion for educating people about agriculture began during my personal FFA experience, during which I exhibited market lambs and Shorthorn heifers and competed in LDE’s (Public Relations and Radio Broadcasting) and CDE’s (Livestock Judging). I graduated from Celina High School in 2004 and then attended college at Texas A&M University-Commerce for both a Bachelors (2009) and Masters (2011) degree in Animal Science. The ag teaching position at Chapel Hill came into my path and it has been an awesome experience. I enjoy being able to share my passion for agriculture and the FFA with my students. I’m excited for the opportunity to work with so many amazing kiddos here at the Hill and am looking forward to another great year.
2009- Bachelors in Agricultural Sciences (Animal Science) from TAMU-Commerce
2011- Masters in Agricultural Sciences (Animal Science) from TAMU-Commerce
Every summer I have the opportunity to attend the Vocational Ag Teachers’s Association of Texas Professional Development Conference. This allows me to recieve professional development specific to the classes that I teach and to being an FFA advisor. In turn, this experience allows me to bring back new skills and ideas to help our Agricultural Science classes and FFA program be on the forefront of trends in agricultural education.
I began teaching at Chapel Hill in 2012. I teach Principles of Agriculture, Horticulture, Advanced Plant Science Vet Med, and Discovery Ag. Additionally I am one of the FFA advisors at Chapel Hill and oversee the Jr. FFA Program.
My roots in agricultural youth organizations run very deep. I grew up participating in FFA and exhibited market lambs and Shorthorn cattle up to the state and national levels. I also exhibited hogs, steers, goats, breeding sheep and broilers at my local county show. I was very involved in the Texas and American Jr. Shorthorn associations and served as TJSA president and on the AJSA Junior Board. I attended TAMU-Commerce and became involved in Collegiate FFA, eventually serving as a State Collegiate FFA Reporter. Prior to beginning my teaching career I worked for a small chain feed store as a feed sales representative as well as for a Shorthorn cattle breeder conducting herd inventory, registration, and production sale management. I’m also very involved with my family’s farm. I try to bring my past leadership and industry experiences to the classroom to share with students.
I am very involved with my family’s farm in Celina, TX. My 2 brothers and their familys, my parents and myself run a 300 acre farm where we raise local, natural, and organic vegetables, grassfed lamb, pastured poultry, laying chickens, and bees for honey. We sell primarily to farm-to-table restaurants in the DFW area as well as to retail customers and at farmers markets. This experience allows me to bring some unique experiences to my students about a niche market in the agricultural sector. I also have two dogs- A Border Collie named Java and an Australian Shepherd named Lehti.
When I’m not ag teaching, I’m usually at the family farm. I enjoy raising sheep and cattle and still spend a lot of time around the stock show industry (aside from my time at stockshows with students). I also enjoy going to Dallas Stars, Texas Rangers, and FC Dallas games. Another thing I really enjoy is exploring new towns and trying new restaurants.