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Shawn Sparks

Where are you the teacher?
Hartshorne High School – Hartshorne, OK

How many kids do you teach?
There are 93 students enrolled in Ag at Hartshorne. I’m fortunate to have a great teaching partner, Mr. Edmond to share the load with.

Favorite thing about being a teacher?
The relationships that you develop with students and watching them grow and accomplish goals they set as 8th and 9th graders.

Hardest thing you have had to accept in the last 10 years?
Not everyone is going to like you…

Favorite part of your community?
My favorite part about the community I live and work in is everyone’s willingness to come together to accomplish whatever is necessary. Wether it’s helping someone out in need or getting ready for the big show, I know I can count on my community to support my program and students.

Biggest accomplishment?
The first thing that comes to mind is all the students that have stopped by or called to visit after they graduate and tell me how much of an impact the ag program has had on their lives. I don’t know if anything could trump that.

Favorite time of the year and why?
My favorite time of the year is from the middle of January through April. I love to compete and that is when things really get serious in Oklahoma. We start out with area, regional, and county shows and wrap up the show season at OYE. After OYE we finish out March and April with CDE’s. It’s extremely busy and tiring but so worth it to see my students hard work pay off!