What is the value of a good teacher? Anyone fortunate enough to have had a quality agriculture teacher knows the answer: That person is priceless. While a teacher’s commitment and dedication are showcased daily, on National Teach Ag Day, we recognize the qualities and passion that all agriculture teachers bring to the classroom.
Keonté Edmonds (pictured above, left), who grew up on a beef cattle farm in Virginia, has been an agriculture teacher at Heritage High School in Wake Forest, N.C., for the past six years. While he originally pursued a future as a veterinarian, the National Teacher Ambassador for FFA participated in college organizations that led him into the classroom.
“I think about the end goal for my students, rather than immediate success,” Edmonds says. “While all success is beneficial, as a nontraditional agriculture teacher, I strive to make the content more relevant to all students no matter what career they may go into.”
Jillian Gordon Bryant fell in love with FFA after her advisor convinced her to compete in
Creed speaking. After serving as a Pennsylvania state FFA officer, she changed her major from music business to agricultural education and has never looked back.
“Through agricultural education, I am able to create personal leadership development and career opportunities that no other teacher is able to,” says Gordon Bryant, who serves as the FFA advisor at Clarke Central High School in Athens, Ga. “Not only do I get to watch them grow, but also my students push