New ag teacher, FFA advisor ready to
conquer challenges of first year at Mabel-Canton
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 4:37 AM
Mabel-Canton has welcomed a new agriculture teacher and FFA advisor for the 2013-2014 school year. As the first quarter of the year has passed, Roger Lamm has been getting to know his students so he can focus his lessons on any gaps they may have. Lamm said he hopes to bring a more environmental and natural resource based approach to his ag classes whenever he can.
"I hope to set a good example for what students can achieve, help them to learn the tools they need to succeed, and motivate them to reach for their dreams," he explained.
Lamm also added that he feels the most important thing for children to learn while in school is how to learn. "Being able to find the answers and understand them is important for any problem that may come up throughout life," he added.
Lamm is teaching agriculture classes as well as seventh grade science. He will also serve as the FFA advisor.
"Between my childhood growing up on a dairy farm and my education in forestry, fisheries and wildlife, I have a strong background and interest in ag, natural resources and science," Lamm explained.
While this is his first year as a classroom teacher, Lamm has served as a substitute teacher in the Spring Grove district as well as in Charlotte, N.C.
He moved to the area with his family in 2012 when his wife was hired to teach in Caledonia. He lives with his wife, Zoe, and their two children in Spring Grove. Zoe teaches biology in Caledonia and his son and daughter go to school in Spring Grove. Christopher is in the eighth grade and Katie is in sixth grade. Lamm said his children like being able to walk to school.
Because he was living in the area when the ag position opened up at Mabel-Canton, Lamm thought it would be a good opportunity for him to pursue.
Lamm said he was born and raised in northern Minnesota and after living and working in North Carolina it is good to be back. "I really enjoy living in this corner of the state," he added.
He graduated from New York Mills High School in 1991, the University of Minnesota Crookston in 199 and the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in 1998.
Lamm explained that he decided to become a teacher because he feels it is the best way for him to make a difference.
"The students are our future and need to be ready to take on the challenges our generation is leaving for them," he added.
Even though he realizes the first year of teaching may present many challenges with classroom management and creating new lessons, he is up for the challenge and looks forward to working with the students in the classroom as well as after school in FFA.
"I hope to promote the FFA and help the chapter grow," he added.
In addition to spending time with his family in Spring Grove, Lamm said he enjoys reading, walking his dog and exploring the area. He admits that spare time is a rare commodity during the first year of teaching, but he utilizes it whenever he can.