Misty Eppler
Iowa Park
Retiring Educator, 27 Years


Humberto Garcia
Retiring Educator, 40 Years


John Griffith
Retiring Educator, 31 Years

Favorite Memory: “There are many memories from my 31 years in the classroom. I would say that my favorite would be being able to teach both of my children and to watch them be a part of the FFA Organization.”

Ric Hunter
Retiring Educator, 30 Years

Why I Taught Ag: “I wanted to be in the agriculture field and influence young people the way my granddad did for me.”

Shannon Layman
Retiring Educator, 30 Years


Michael Neuman
East Chambers
Retiring Educator, 30 Years

Favorite Memory: “My favorite memories include all of the students that touched my life, including my own three children.”

Roy Novak
Retiring Educator, 31 Years

Why I Taught Ag: “Growing up on a farm shaped me to want to share and teach others about the industry. I wanted to prepare students to become leaders within the vast career offerings in agriculture.”

Buddy Orsak
Three Rivers
Retiring Educator, 36 Years

Why I Taught Ag: “I chose to become an ag teacher because of the influence of my ag teachers, Lonnie Messer and the late Billy Steelhammer. They made it fun, however we worked hard and in the process learned many skills that I have been able to use personally and professionally. We also learned the importance of community involvement by helping with projects to improve our local area.”

Barbie Schmidt
Retiring Educator, 32 Years

Why I Taught Ag: “I was a product of an agriculture science program. I gained so many valuable lesions and wanted to be able to share those with students.”

Kevin Smith
Ben Barber Career Tech Academy
Retiring Educator, 33 Years

Favorite Memory: “My fourth year of teaching at Tatum, a high school senior was put into my Ag 101 class. He had a troubled past, but I explained to him that he had a fresh start with me. However, from here on his choices would determine what actions others would make. The young man soon became part of the Greenhand Chapter Conducting team that won district and bannered at area. He made a 98 on the quiz. The last day of school I found a car in my box from the young man that said ‘Thanks for believing in me, so I could believe in myself.”

Richard Smith
Retiring Educator, 30 Years

Favorite Memory: “All of the students that come through our program are my favorite memories. That and winning Grand Champion and Sweepstakes at the Houston Ag Mechanics Show.”

Jerry Stratmann
Retiring Educator, 16 Years


Michael Tondre
Sandra Day O'Conner
Retiring Educator, 34 Years


Randall Williams
Retiring Educator, 44 Years

Favorite Memory: “My favorite memory of a career as a teacher of agriculture would have to first of all, as always, be the students. I have had the privilege of having some of the finest individuals; young men, young women, thousands of them over forty-four years, many much smarter than me, but man-o-man were they special.”