Every Student. Every Class. Every Day.

Kirby Schmidt
Kirby Schmidt

by Emily Hoeing, freelance agricultural journalist

Summer is winding down and students are returning to the classroom for another school year. For Deer River High School students, this is more than a beginning of a new school year; it’s the start of new and dynamic program.

Deer River High welcomes Kirby Schmidt as the 7-12 Agriculture Teacher and FFA Advisor. This will mark the first year of an agriculture program in the district since 1957. And Schmidt is committed to bringing it back strong.

“It has always been a goal of mine charter an agriculture program from the ground up,” Kirby shares. “With a new ag program, it is what we make it. It is about what the community and students want right now, not what the past has decided. There is nothing in our way.”

Kirby brings real-world experience and an unmatched passion for agriculture and student’s personal development. ‘Every Student. Every Class. Every Day.’ is not only his motto, but words he lives by in the classroom.

“Every day in every class and for every student, there is a chance a make an impact, simple or dynamic. What it comes down to is finding out what every student is about and taking him or her from point A to point B.” Kirby shares, “I believe in helping students discover what they are interested and excited about and then turning that into being excited about their life and accomplishing things.” He continues, “I love my job because of the chance I get every single day to make a difference in a students life.”

Schmidt graduated from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities with a degree in Ag Education. It wasn’t until his student teaching experience that he realized that working with high school students was where he belonged. After observing just a few classes, Kirby was leading his own lessons.

“The supervising teacher said sink or swim, I enjoyed that challenge, “ he shares. “I like that I had to think more and always be adapting. When I was a student, I always wanted to learn more, and I can now help facilitate that learning.”

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