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Teacher Tribute: Hawley agricultural science teacher makes big impression on pupils

Published On: Apr 11 2013 07:44:11 PM CDT   Updated On: Apr 12 2013 08:01:43 AM CDT
HAWLEY, Texas -

Whether you want to learn about farm animals or learn how to weld, chances are you cannot find a better instructor than this week’s Teacher Tribute winner, Keith Porter.

Porter has been teaching agricultural sciences at Hawley High School for the past 11 years. He said he would not trade the experience for any amount of money.

“Being around the kids, watching their expression whenever the task actually clicks and it makes sense to them, that's a great feeling to me to see them understand it and get it,” Porter said.

Freshman Cody Hicks nominated Porter for the award.

“He always helps me and he's a great teacher,” Porter said.

“Means a lot to me, [it's] so very, very touching to me to make an impact on a student’s life like that,” Porter said. “He always tries his hardest [he is] a great kid to be around [he] never tells you no -- anything you ask he's going to try and give you 100 percent and that's the most important thing in my opinion.”

Porter said he realized he wanted to become an ag teacher at a very young age—after his father passed away and his high school ag teacher became like family.

“My dad had died when I was 13,” Porter said. “[I] moved into AG as a ninth grader and he kind of turned out to be like a second father figure to me so kind of everywhere we went it was just something I really enjoyed and really wanted to do.”

Porter said he hopes he will also be a role model to his own students.