Firth Ag teacher nominated for FFA award
FIRTH –Jason Clemens’ only teaching assignment so far has been teaching agricultural education in Firth. Clemens is also the advisor for the Firth Future Farmers of America (FFA).
Clemens grew up in Ontario, Ore., graduating from high school there. He attended the University of Idaho, graduating with a degree in agricultural education in May 2000. In the fall of that year, Clemens accepted the job of Ag teacher at Firth High School.
So why did you chose agricultural education?
“I saw a need to help kids and a way to try to further agriculture,” Clemens said. “I also saw a need to develop it in young kids.”
Were you raised on a farm?
“No,” Clemens said. “I grew up on just a few acres.
“We ran a small herd of cows with horse for roping the cows,” he said.
He said his teaching highlight is “spending time with kids; helping kids be successful.”
He teaches a varied line-up of classes that include animal science, plant science, mechanics and welding.
Clemens is very active in FFA.
“It’s the largest youth organization in the world,” Clemens said. “FFA is in all 50 states, plus Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.”
This year, Clemens has been nominated to receive a State FFA honorary award as an instructor.
“This is really an honor,” he said.
The award recognizes his contributions to ag education. Each teacher is nominated by other Ag teachers. The nomination then goes through a review committee and awarding in April during the Idaho State FFA Convention.