Atwater High School Agriculture Department
PO Box 835 / 2201 Fruitland Ave
Atwater, CA 95301
Atwater Ag Program Welcomes a New Ag Teacher
The Atwater High School Agriculture Department has welcomed its ninth agriculture teacher to its agriculture and FFA program. Madera native Taylor Helton joined the agriculture team after graduating from Fresno State University and earning her teaching credential.
“I am excited about being given the opportunity to teach and work with students at Atwater High School,” said newly added agriculture instructor Taylor Helton, “This small community provides the students with a family-like atmosphere that I admire and hope to become a part of.”
Ms. Helton will be teaching Ag Soil & Chemistry, Ag Biology, Vet Science, and Animal Anatomy & Physiology during the 2018-2019 school year. “I not only want to expand my students’ knowledge and skills in agriculture, but also learn and take lessons from my students as well.” says Helton.
Atwater High School has over 1100 individual agriculture students which makes it the largest single high school agriculture program in the nation. “The challenge agriculture education faces is the stereotype that agriculture education is for agriculture students only,” says Atwater High School agriculture instructor Dave Gossman. “The reality is that agriculture education and the FFA has value for all students in terms of academics, personal growth, leadership, skills, experiences, and career exploration that benefits all students regardless of their academic and career interests.
The Atwater High School agriculture education program and FFA focuses on academic success, personal growth, leadership, and career exploration for students. The Atwater and California FFA is a high school youth leadership and career development organization that is a state association of the National FFA Organization, a federally charted corporation under Public Law 105-225. The California Association currently serves over 89,000 student members in over 330 high schools, from urban schools in Los Angeles and the Bay Area to rural schools all across the state.
For more information on the Atwater High School Agriculture Department and Atwater FFA, please log on the website www.AtwaterFFA.org .