29Aug

Meet Mrs. T!

Hello FFA members and friends of the Midwest Central FFA. My name is Mrs. DeAnna Thomas (Mrs. T for short). I’m married to local farmer and MCHS FFA alum, Braden Thomas and the Mom to our five month daughter, DeLaney Jean. This will be my third year teaching at MCHS.

 I’m a 2010 graduate of the University of Illinois where I received my B.S. in Agricultural Communications. I often say I arrived at teaching agriculture by chance, but have stayed by choice. Learning new things is one of my passions, so teaching allows me the opportunity to be a lifelong learner and awaken a passion for learning in others.

The most rewarding part of my job is seeing the progression of students from freshmen year to senior year. Knowing that I played a role in that development is exciting and makes for a very fulfilling career. I really enjoy the special responsibilities we have during the summer and the involvement that we can have in agriculture at all levels.

At the end of my farm reports while I was farm broadcasting, I would close with this quote to remind listeners of just how much our local farmers contribute to feeding and fueling the word – “Agriculture is more than food, feed, and fuel – it’s the foundation of our future.” This quote is even more relevant in our Agriculture Education Department at MCHS.

I truly believe that when a student enrolls in Intro to Ag, they open a door to a world of endless opportunity when it comes to premier leadership, personal growth, and career success. I’m excited to jumpstart a new set of students down the path of learning to do, doing to learn, earning to live, and living to serve. Even if you think FFA and “that farm class” isn’t your cup of tea, I encourage any student who wants to be challenged, grow and develop leadership skills, and learn how and where your food comes from to open that door and enroll in Intro to Agriculture. Our door is open and welcome to everyone who is willing to learn!  It may just change your life!

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