Driven teacher brings AG Science Class to CHS
BURLESON – Garrett Briney brought great passion and dedication to agricultural science with him when he started teaching at Centennial High School last year.
Apparently, his zeal for ag science is contagious. At least one of his students hopes to follow in his footsteps.
Briney has established a popular curriculum at Centennial High School that is attracting students who might otherwise have had to take a bus to Burleson High School to take ag classes.
“Now that they have enough student interest to justify starting the program over here it allows more opportunities for students to compete and show livestock,” Briney explained. “We’re adding classes .. and I’m hoping next year we can even hire another teacher and offer more classes. The number is really growing.”
The teacher’s dedication to helping increase the essential knowledge and skills of students in today’s agriculture industry has been an inspiration to Sydney Aalbers, 16, a CHS junior, and Centennial High School FFA chapter president.
Sydney said she has been dedicated to ag science ego some time, but after watching Briney and other teachers in action helping students she dediced she wants to attend Texas Tech University and become an ag teacher like him.
“I’ve always known I wanted a career in agriculture but I participated in contests last year and I saw how the teachers were helping students and I thought it was the coolest thing,” she said. “I decided that was what I wanted to do. I think I’m going to stick with this and learn more about it.”
Briney also is a staunch supporter of FFA, which he believes plays a huge part in instilling the importance of agriculture and developing leaders for tomorrow. During the first general session of the 89th Texas FFA convention in Corpus Christi in July, Burleson Centennial received their chapter charter.
Briney was hired during the 2016-17 school year to start the ag science program and started with about 60 students. That has more than doubled this year – with classes that include livestock production, ag mechanics and animal management.
“Before we started this last year, a student would have to take a bus to Burleson High School or even go to school there if he or she wanted to take an ag class,” Briney said. “Now that there is enough student interest here, it allows more opportunities for students to compete and show livestock. I really think the number is growing. I’m hoping next year we can hire another teacher and offer even more classes.”
Kaylee Martinez, 16, a sophomore and Burleson Centennial FFA student advisor who hopes to attend either Texas A&M or Texas Tech and become a veterinary nutritionist, is very excited about the potential the new ag program has to expand.
“I really want to see how we grow the next three years,” she said. “I’m very excited about our potential and how big our program could get.”
Briney’s background involves raising and exhibiting cattle of multiple breeds both British and Exotic as well as Longhorn cattle. He started at Centennial after teaching agricultural science in Mansfield for the previous two years.
He is a 2014 graduate of Texas A&M University with a master’s of education degree in Agricultural Science, and a 2011 graduate of Tarleton State University with a bachelors of science in Animal Industries.
Briney has said he strives to make positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth, and career success through agricultural education.
Once more and more students attend his Centennial High School ag classes, there will be enough of them to start developing their own traditions, he said.
““I am happy to be part of this and to help start the program here at Centennial,” Briney said.