LUMBERTON — One educator will get her arms soiled planting seeds within the soil and instructing students the worth and impression of Agricultural Education.
Candace Grimsley teaches Agricultural Education at Lumberton High School for grades 9-12. She is also a Future Farmers of America advisor on the faculty. Grimsley has invested within the progress of a number of crops and students all through her tenure on the faculty, the place she has labored for 10 years.
“My favorite part of teaching is being able to watch the students grow from year to year. As an FFA Advisor I am able to spend a lot of time with students outside the classroom preparing for and attending FFA events,” she stated.
“I love to train students to compete in FFA Career Development Events and watch them be successful. Being in FFA allows students to be part of something bigger than themselves and being able to witness that is really incredible,” Grimsley stated.
Building relationships is a big a part of serving to students grow, she stated.
“Because of the multiple agriculture courses offered at Lumberton High School I get the opportunity to teach some of the same students each year. I can potentially have students each year of their high school career,” Grimsley stated. “I think having a great relationship with students helps them succeed in and outside of the classroom.”
She has additionally realized that despite the fact that all days aren’t good, “there is something good in every day,” she stated.
“Advice I would give to future educators would be to be flexible. It is very important to plan but things change day by day as you must be able to modify those changes within your schedule. Make sure to have work life balance. Your students are important but your family is everything!” Grimsley added.
Grimsley advised The Robesonian she was impressed to show and put money into the expansion of her students by her former Agriculture Teacher Jimmy Roberts.
“Being in FFA and taking agriculture courses during my high school career is what has led me to teaching. I believe that without his encouragement and guidance I wouldn’t be where I am today,” she stated.
“I wanted to come back to my home high school and make that same impact on students in my community,” she added.
When Grimsley isn’t instructing or attending FFA occasions, she could be discovered serving within the Robeson County Shrine Club as a Shrinette.
“As a club we are able to help raise funds to support the Shriners Hospitals for Children who are devoted to medical care to children and families regardless of their ability to pay,” Grimsley stated.
Grimsley additionally shared an inspirational story about her time teaching a state-winning FFA Land Judging staff a couple of years in the past.
“We traveled to Oklahoma City for the National Land Judging Contest. One of the students lost her wallet somewhere between Atlanta and Oklahoma. We experienced flash flooding and mudslides that prevented them from practicing,” she stated.
“But the team persevered to finish 8th in the Nation. I am so excited that this year another State Winning team will be making the trip again to OKC!” she added.
Grimsley additionally needed to remind the general public of the Lumberton FFA Annual Plant Sale, which is able to happen on April 9 on the LHS Greenhouse. She stated students have been “working very hard in the greenhouse” forward of the occasion.
“Come out to support our Chapter,” she stated in a press release.
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