Educator Spotlight: Mike Dale

Mike Dale standing beneath his namesake sign
A sign honoring Dale was installed on the FCAHS campus to celebrate his 36th year in education. Dale retired at the conclusion of the 2018-2019 academic year.

Forrest County Agricultural High School, Forrest County School District
Classes taught: Horticulture, Beef Cattle Science, Forestry, Basic Ag, Ag Production I and II, Ag and Natural Resources

Why did you become a teacher?

I originally wanted to be an extension agent. Due a hiring freeze at the time, however, there were no jobs available. While enrolled at Mississippi State University, I went through the teaching option. When this job became open, I took it.

How do you motivate your students?

I try to use real-life situations to make learning more practical for the students.

What advice would you give first-year teachers?

That’s a tricky question. Teaching is a very challenging career, so make sure it is what you want to do before you put the money and time into your college experience.

What has been your greatest success as a teacher?

As a lifelong teacher, you don’t really look at a specific thing. It’s more of a body of work as a whole. Watching students start off with a low level of confidence and seeing them mature and become successful young adults is something that brings a sense of satisfaction.


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