The College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) is proud to announce that Gary Ochs has been selected to join the Agricultural Education Program faculty at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, effective August 16, 2013. As a Teaching Associate, Ochs focus will include teaching courses in the Agricultural Science Education (ASE) concentration, advising undergraduate students, and student recruitment.
Ochs brings to the position 13 years of experience in secondary agriculture classrooms. For the past five years, he has served as Agriculture Teacher and FFA Advisor at Red Hill Junior/Senior High School in Bridgeport, IL. Eight years prior to that, Ochs served as the Agriculture Teacher and FFA Advisor for Paris High School in Paris, IL. He has taught high school courses including Agriculture Science, Agribusiness Management, Greenhouse Management and Floral Design, Turfgrass and Landscape Management, and Agricultural Welding.
Since the start of his teaching career, Ochs has held numerous regional and state level positions in Agricultural Education, including service as co-chair of the Professional Development Committee of the Illinois Association of Vocational Agriculture Teachers (IAVAT). He has served as a mentor to students through IAVAT and has served as a master educator for student teachers.
“Agriculture, agricultural education, and the University of Illinois are three of my biggest passions,” said Ochs. “I look forward to sharing my experiences with students and helping them develop the tools to become successful educators themselves. I’m thrilled to be joining the highly regarded faculty team at University of Illinois Ag Ed.”
Originally from Olney, Illinois, Ochs holds a Master of Science degree in Agricultural Education and a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Education, both from the University of Illinois.