By: Charles Parker, California Department of Education, State FFA Advisor
In taking a moment to reflect on 2020, I want to congratulate you, teachers of agriculture, for finding ways to elevate your program and students. It is exciting to read and watch what you are posting on social media, as well as what you are sharing with each other. I applaud your efforts and know that your students and parents are extremely proud to be in your class.
As with many of you, one of my first chores in 2021 was to establish New Year’s Resolutions. Yes, many of these were broken in the ensuing days, but a few, I hope, will be long lasting. The inevitable resolutions to lose weight or run every day were most certainly good choices, but they were also the first ones to go.
Personally, I have vowed to be more appreciative of and patient with my family. I often find myself listening, but not hearing, as they share their day with me. I need to be there for them and with them.
Professionally, I am resolute in giving welcoming hugs. I have come to realize how important those special moments are when I get to actually meet and visit with teachers. I have the distinct honor to work closely with some outstanding agricultural educators and oftentimes do not recognize how important they are to me and to our profession. I am challenging myself to find ways to support and recognize my staff so that they know how much I value our friendship.
What are your resolutions? Do you have those that will last the test of time? If you have not already done so, I hope you take a moment and jot down personal and professional resolutions and then post them in a spot that you will see daily. Yes, I realize that most will not last but for a few weeks or months. But, what about those that need to last a lifetime?
My final resolution for 2021 is that I will meet with students and teachers in person. I look forward to that opportunity as this will not be a resolution that goes away.
I lift my bottle of Pepsi filled with peanuts in a toast, “may your 2021 be a year filled with memories and accomplishments, both personally and professionally.”
For more information about the California Agricultural Teachers’ Association, visit http://calagteachers.org/