What makes your ag teacher special?

Here are letters submitted by students from our “Thank You, Teachers” contest.

Teacher: Tim Arnold

Mr. Arnold, if it wasn’t for you, I wouldn’t be the person I am today. I want to say thank you for helping me find my passion, believing in me, supporting me and being the best teacher I have ever had. Each student that walks into your room is lucky to be there. You are the teacher that each student needs, but only some are lucky to have. Thank you for driving me to become the person I am today. You selflessly devote yourself to your job and we students are so thankful for you.

Lucy Peterson, Galatia, Illinois

Teacher: Garrett Helregel

Mr. Helregel, thank you so much for all that you do for your students and our FFA chapter. You truly lead by an example that each of us can follow, and we always appreciate your support and encouragement. Thank you!

Madilyn Brummer, Dieterich, Illinois

Teacher: Kimberley Payne

Thank you for everything you have done for Ryleigh. You have made her first year of “big kid” school so memorable. She feels so comfortable in your classroom. A thank you is simply not enough.

Ryleigh Wolf, Amboy, Illinois

Teacher: Matt Fisher

To be able to say where I have gotten to where I am today in my FFA journey without you is not possible. When I finally became a freshman in high school, I was tremendously excited to have my first agriculture class. I was also looking forward to FFA. However, I had no idea of the magnitude of the impact it would provide. Mr. Fisher, you put me in the events and activities that you knew would benefit me well and I would excel in. For all of the encouragement and advice, thank you. With many thanks!

Blake Twenhafel, New Baden, Illinois

Teacher: Brent Nelson

Thank you for the late speech practices, studying ideas and encouragement through every single part of FFA and high school that I have been through. I can’t tell you how grateful I am for everything we’ve been through and the time together we still have.

Thaddeus Bergschneide, Franklin, Illinois

Teacher: Jeanie Pelka

Hi, my name is Cordell Pelka-Carmon and my aunt, Nean, taught me for two years when no one else would take me. She always believes in me and gave me a chance. I’m now 15 and a sophomore at Hall High School and doing amazing and my aunt has been a very big part of that. I can’t thank her enough.

Cordell Pelka-Carmon, Spring Valley, Illinois

Teacher: Misty Maves

Thank you for stepping in to fill a position that you didn’t really know a whole lot about. I appreciate all of the work that you have put in and just wanted to say thank you for everything that you have done.

Kylie Saathoff, Manteno, Illinois