Degrees and Certifications:
B.S. Agricultural Education, University of Idaho
Mrs. Trish Stokes
"I believe in the future of agriculture..." "I believe that to live and work on a good farm..." "I believe in leadership for myself and respect from others..." "I believe in less need for charity and more of it when needed..." "I believe that agricultural america can and will hold true to the best traditions of our national life and that I can exert an influence in my home and community that will stand solid for my part in that inspiring task." Values from the FFA creed that are extremely influential in our daily lives.
When I meet parents and they ask what I teach, some almost reply with derision that their kids don't study "that"..."that" being agriculture. Then I explain that I specifically teach horticulture, botany, animal science, zoology, small engines and mechanics, they feign understanding. Agriculture is a leading industry in Idaho and we are all part of it. We all consume food and use agricultural products. My passion is that students understand that process and understand how and where their food comes from and the variety of careers that are involved in getting it to the table. There are a lot of issues that most consumers don't understand...GMO's, organic, hormone free, antibiotic free, cage free and anything else the fancy advertising people want to print on something to sway the consumers opinoin. My hope is to have students at least question things and seek knowledge when confronted with something, instead of believing the hype and consumerism.
Mountain View High School has educated all three of my children; I am a firm believer in our teachers and staff. My three children are all students at the University of Idaho (proudly, third generation Vandals); my daughter is a grad student in english; my oldest son is a Pre-Vet/Dairy Science major while my youngest is a psychology major. I am also a firm believer in the Meridian FFA Chapter and the wide expanse of opportunities that are offered to students through this intracurricular activity. All three of my children have participated in FFA to some level; my oldest boy receiving his American Degree in 2016.
We live on a few acres in one of the last un-incorporated islands of county between Meridian and Boise. Currently, we have a few head of cattle and a small flock of breeding sheep that produce fair lambs that are shown by FFA members at the local fairs. Back to that giving opportunity to experience a portion of the food chain...helping students find their niche and what their passion might be is the goal.