Wed, 5 April 2023
OFI 1672: Finding A Future Agriculture Teacher | FFA SAE Edition | Austin Elam | Paxton-Buckley-Loda FFA
Austin Elam is a senior at Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School in Paxton, Illinois. Prior to his sophomore year of high school Austin never envisioned himself as an FFA member, but because of Covid he was forced to choose one of two elective courses, introduction to agriculture or home economics. He chose agriculture, and after being introduced to different discussions about livestock he was totally hooked and became very active in the FFA.
Today Austin is preparing to graduate high school, and he has decided that he would like to return to the classroom in the future as an agriculture teacher. He has found a program in Illinois that will allow him to attend a community college and take courses through the University Of Illinois leading to a bachelor's degree. Through this method he will be able to obtain his degree without paying the high cost of tuition at Illinois. Austin is a pragmatic thinker, and he plans to bring that back to the classroom for future agriculture students.