Although Kalea Taylor did not grow up on a farm, she hopes to inspire the next generation of farmers.
A student teacher in Casa Grande Union High School's ag program, Taylor brings her love of plant life to the classroom along with her first-hand experience with the National FFA Organization.
"I loved FFA when I was in high school," Taylor said. "It definitely jump-started my interest in agricultural education."
A student at the University of Arizona, Taylor expects to graduate in May with a degree in agricultural education.
She hopes to be a teacher with a classroom of her own.
But in the meantime, she said, she enjoys working as a student teacher and is learning much from CGUHS's ag teacher, Steven Sipes.
"I wanted to do my student teaching at Casa Grande Union High School because of Mr. Sipes. He's one of the best ag teachers in the business and a veteran teacher of ag teachers," Taylor said. "He has a great reputation."
Having a teacher that can ignite a passion for agriculture, science and learning in students helps ensure that young people go into various farming-related occupations, Taylor said.
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