New Archer City ISD Agriculture teacher and FFA advisor Tyler Moore hopes to grow the programs in the upcoming school year.
Moore said he grew up in Avoca in Jones County and he was a part of a graduating class of 11.
“I grew up farming and ranching,” he said. “I ran a farm for a guy in Lueders, which is right next to Avoca, and we farmed about 25 acres and ran about 25 acres of pastureland with about 60 cows.”
He said he graduated from Tarleton State University while working on a dairy. He said when COVID-19 hit he returned home and helped build a house for a farmer in the area.
“I have a background in ag mechanics,” Moore said. “I have built countless barbeque pits, custom attachment for tractors, repairs on equipment, I did the welding and framing for the house we built.”
The new FFA advisor said he hopes to boost the numbers in the program as there were 38 students in agriculture classes last year.
“I hope to get 10 welding certifications a year,” he said. “I’m hoping to have a bigger show team, (…) the main thing is getting classes that benefit that aren’t out here showing through the 4-H.”
He said he has already targeted a few students which he hopes to add to his program. He also wants to build a skills team for the program.
“It’s where the kids go in and teach a set of judges one class skill and it aligns with a wildlife class which I am look at having,” Moore said. “So, I could teach the kids and then the kids can teach someone else. The skill will then relate back and they can also qualify for state competitions if they do well enough.”
Some other teams he wishes to add include a wildlife, entomology, cotton and livestock. The FFA program would compete in the district competition on Nov. 11 if it is not delayed due to COVID-19. If a team makes it to area they would compete against 98 other districts.
“Mostly, my goals this year are to really focus on our show team, getting certifications and trying to boost the numbers out here by showing a different interest,” Moore said.
The new ag teacher said the FFA program can really help students with their public speaking, parliamentary procedure, teamwork as well as open up a plethora scholarship opportunities.
“Our main goal is to teach leadership in the ag department because that relates to any industry,” Moore said. “You have a boss; I have a boss. You need to be well spoken, be clear and decisive. You have to be able to make a judgement, stand by it and understand why you did it.”
Moore encourages any parent or student to approach him with any ideas they have for fundraisers or skills they would like to see taught.