Why Teach Ag

A career as an agricultural educator is more than just a job, it’s a meaningful career in which you can help today’s students become tomorrow’s leaders. 

Ohio is home to more than 500 agricultural educators. Though this career can be demanding, it is always rewarding! See why some of Ohio’s agricultural educators chose their profession below.


Mallory Zachrich, Urbana

“Know the job can feel challenging and overwhelming but in the end you will never regret the moments you spent with students.  You are making a huge difference in their lives whether they tell you or not.” 

Jessica Helsinger, Covington UVCC

“Teaching agriculture is like riding the wildest roller coaster you could ever imagine, helping students who sometimes don’t want help and receiving thank yous in the most imaginable ways!”

Jess Tracey, North Central

“My favorite part of being an agriscience educator is helping students realize the diversity of the industry. Regardless of what career they choose, it will touch agriculture in some way. We’re not just farmers anymore.”

Ericka Priest, Crestview – Convoy

“Teaching ag is a time and place where you can reach students in and outside of the norm of agriculture.  It allows them to learn something different and interest them and teaches them life skills.”

Darrick Riggs, Southeastern Clark

“An ag teacher can have 100 students earn state and American degrees, but to me, it matters more that 100 students are living out their lives successfully and raising families of their own in part because of the influence and impact you have made on them.”

Bryan Etzler, Tinora

“My favorite part of teaching agriculture is taking young kids and seeing them grow.  The ‘newbies’ in AFNR and introducing them to FFA is like planting a seed.” 

Abbey VanTyne, Norwayne

“My favorite part of being an agricultural educator is getting to know my students and building relationships with them and their families (and being able to poke fun at them from time to time!). ”

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