by Aaron Kersch, Wyoming FFA Parliamentarian
photo from Pinedale Online
Ag teachers are vital to student’s success, and Mr. Rex Hamner in Pinedale does his best to make sure his students are successful. Hamner is currently in his 33rd year of teaching agriculture education and serving as a Wyoming FFA Advisor. After teaching in Lyman for 23 years, he moved to Pinedale where he currently teaches ag education.
Hamner originally grew up in California. He attended Utah State University where he got a degree in range management in 1982; however, the economy was poor and there weren’t many jobs in range management. He went back to college in 1985 and earned a degree in agriculture education. After teaching for 33 years, Hamner has seen lots of kids come and go, including his own two children Alan and Tanya. He says that ag education has changed drastically in the last ten years but doesn’t see it changing too much in the next ten years. He believes that ag teachers need to toot their own horn and continue to advocate for the original STEM program to the public and administrations.
Hamner’s Ag program is very shop oriented. His favorite two career development events are agricultural mechanics and parliamentary procedure. He is excited to work with his two freshman classes, which he says are very enthusiastic about FFA, and getting them involved through judging and competing. The highlights of his career he says are seeing many of his students, including his two children receive their American FFA degrees.
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