GETTING TO KNOW…Glen Croley, retiring agriculture teacher after 33 years


WHITLEY COUNTY—Glen Croley has devoted over three many years of his life To level outing and after 33 years as a Whitley County Highschool agriculture teacher/FFA Advisor, Croley has decided to retire.

On the age of 62, Croley said “it was time” to retire from his place, as he hopes to spfinish extra time Collectively with his grandchildren and extra time touring Collectively with his spouse Inside The approaching years.

Croley grew up in Whitley County the place his mom and father each labored in factories however farmed half-time, and that was the place his love of agriculture first started.

After graduating from Whitley County Highschool, Croley went on to graduate from the College of Kentucky. Initially, Croley needed To enter agriculture engineering till he met a professor who satisfied him in any other case.

“I met Dr. Charles Byers at College of Kentucky As quickly as I transferred up there, he was an Ag-Ed professor and he modified my world,” Croley said.

Croley started educating at Whitley County Highschool in 1981 at the age Of twenty-two. He taught Inside the agriculture dehalfment for eight years earlier than taking a job as an agriculture extension agent in Knox County. He labored there for seven years earlier than returning To level outing, the place he has been for the final 25 years.

“I felt like I’d be A gooder teacher As quickly as I acquired again than As quickly as I left As a Outcome of Of information I’d obtained As quickly as I used to be there these seven years,” Croley said of his return To level outing.

As an ag teacher, Croley Is understood for his capability To level out any scholar The biggest Method to weld, the placeas additionally educating scholars’ metallic fabrication, small engine mechanics, plumbing, Electricity, animal science, plant science, forestry, widespread agriscience And a lot extra.

As an FFA advisor, Croley has taken scholars on journeys to places like Kansas Metropolis, Indianapolis, Lexington, Hardinsburg, Louisville and All by way of the place in between. He has assisted his FFA scholars win a quantity of titles in area and state in ag mechanics, welding and forestry.

Croley said he has many fond reminiscences of his time educating, together with worthwhile their first FFA state title in forestry. He said he nonetheless maintain in thoughtss that very first day of educating extreme school.

“First day of educating—I can nonetheless maintain in thoughts what it was Want to stroll Inside the classroom,” Croley said. “I can maintain in thoughts going by way of the lunch line And that In the meantime, That they had a scholars’ line and a teachers’ line And that i went Inside the teachers’ line They typically tried to run me again over to The scholars’ line.”

Croley said He is grateful for his time at Whitley County Highschool and for these teachers he has labored alongside Over the previous 33 years.

“I’ve labored with The biggest bunch that’s ever been,” Croley said. “The complete time I’ve been at Whitley County, They’ve been good.”

Croley’s time as an agriculture teacher and FFA Advisor Might Even be coming to an finish however his assist for the agriculture dehalfment at Whitley County Highschool will proceed far previous his retirement.

“I Look forward to The Prolonged time period and hope to see the ag program proceed to flourish at Whitley County Highschool,” he said.