Tim Brown

 

  • School:  Tulelake High School

  • Region: Superior

  • Education and/or industry experience:  Cal Poly SLO, B.S. Agriculture Science - Animal Science Concentration. M.S. Agriculture Education

  • Years teaching ag:  18

  • Subjects you teach:  Plant Science, Greenhouse Management, Advanced Plant Science, Woodshop, Speech

  • Hobbies and interests outside of teaching:  Family (Kids ages 12 and 9 years old), Hunting, Golf

  • What do you love most about being an ag educator?  My favorite part about being an ag educator is when I get to watch students have their names called during the awards ceremonies at contests.  Helping students build that kind of confidence is really rewarding.  On the flip side, to be there as a support system for the life lessons of losing just as important. 

  • What is your biggest challenge as an ag educator?  Over the years I have witnessed what seems like an abundance of “education fads.”  Ever changing solutions to the “broken” school system.  Whether it’s common core or a constant turn over in admin, you just have to stay student focused.

  • What have you learned thus far in your teaching career that you wish you would have known when you first began teaching?  Success can come from trying new things.  I wished I hadn’t worried so much about the things I didn’t know and tried to tackle them sooner.  I really enjoy coaching contests that involve weeds and insects, something I use to know very little about.  

  • What advice would you give a novice teacher entering this profession in 2015?  Don’t be afraid to talk to veteran teachers and ask questions or look for advice.  We are all in this together.

  • What personal qualities or abilities do you think are important to being successful in this profession?  Relating to kids.  Adapt to their changing world.  Expect the unexpected.  Make your program relevant. 

  • What specific skills are important to being successful in this profession?  Versatility.  I focused heavily on animal science at Cal Poly because it was my strength.  In retrospect, I should have focused on agriculture mechanics or plant science… areas that I needed to strengthen. 

  • What most prepared you for being an agriculture educator?  My 4-H and FFA Supervised Agriculture Experience Projects (SAE’s) were a great foundation for teaching in this profession.  For example, there were practical skills that I learned working in my parents feed store that I use till this day.    

  • Describe ag teaching in one to two words.  Oh my!

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