High School Teacher and FFA Advisor
Joe is a veteran Ag teacher in Georgia and has been at Pickens County specifically for 30 years. During that time, he has taught nearly every every class possible in agriculture.
Originally an Animal Science major, Joe came to love teaching Horticulture and operating the greenhouse because of the “Doing to Learn” aspect of it for himself, as well as for his students.
Over the last few years, his program has raised around 300 poinsettias per year which is more than double what they started with many years ago. The funds are used to help with greenhouse supply costs, equipment purchases, and even “buying a kid a hog that can’t afford one or anything else that may come up”. One local church purchases over 100 poinsettias from the Pickens County program every year and the rest are sold to the public. The community knows to expect big blooms at a reasonable price so they usually sell out in about two days.
The classroom is not the only area in which Mr. Wright has excelled. His multiple state CDE championships, three National Proficiency winners, and too many degree recipients to count can attest to that. He loves teaching students and helping other teachers but don’t call him an “expert”. After all he is “just an Ag teacher” that has learned from trial and error.