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Central High’s agriculture teacher was elected vice president of the Oklahoma Agriculture Education Teacher Association.
Ron “RJ” Curry will be on of the leaders heading the OAETA, which is made up of more than 450 teachers from 353 high school throughout Oklahoma. This is Curry’s 35th year teaching agriculture at Central High.
“I’m quite honored they nominated me for that,” Curry said. “I served two or three years ago.”
The OAETA is an organization designed to bring agriculture educators together to discuss similar problems they face and to help improve the agriculture instruction field throughout the state.
One of Curry’s duties will be making the future easier for new and current agriculture teachers by taking on issues impacting teachers throughout the state, whether it’s something only a select group is dealing with or legislation impacting everyone.
“We look into issues that, as an ag teacher, you might run into,” he said.
He said the association brings agriculture instructors from around the state together to discuss problems they’re facing and to see how things can be improved. This helps make the profession run more efficiently, while making a smoother trail for future ag teachers to follow later.
Central High FFA has won numerous awards during Curry’s tenure, including being named 3 Star National Gold Emblem Chapter for the past eight years.
“I get the most thrill out of when a student has success,” Curry said. “You see that sparkle in their eye.”
He’s a self-described “kid jock.” While some teachers are ‘sports jocks” and some agriculture teachers are “beef jocks,” Curry’s favorite part of the job is the students.
“You try to find something that gets those kids excited,” he said. “You want to make those kids better people so they’ll make a better society for us.
“There’s so many opportunities to get them involved. They come out well-rounded individuals, ready to go conquer the world. You teach them how to manage their personal lives.”