I am Josh Dahlem and have been privileged enough to be asked to participate in this blog over the next year. This is my 4th year teaching and 3rd at my current school, Stanley High School in Logansport Louisiana. We are a very rural school district in Northwest Louisiana that has reaped the benefits of the oil and natural gas boom. With this money, our district has purchased Ipads for ever freshman and enacted various other programs including planning a new Career Tech Center. At Stanley, we have 376 students in Pre-K-12 and I currently run between 40 and 50 students a semester through my program. The FFA chapter currently has 35 members.
During the past 4 years, I have been trying to change the mentality of the ag programs I have been involved with to not just be a shop class. I am currently a CASE Plant Science Lead Teacher and implement the curriculum throughout my various classes. Since our biggest industry is the oil field, many of my students graduate and go straight to work. For these students, I concentrate on building skills for them to excel in the career they choose because, as we know, not every student is college material but will still make a positive impact on society. Our biggest event each year is the state fair, yet this was the first year I have had a student show animals. We construct projects for the Ag mechanics Show and Auction and compete in various other mechanics contests at the fair. The money received from these projects goes back to the students.
Over the next year I hope to showcase a little bit of my program and highlight this great profession we all take part in.