Amanda Stidham will be joining the Valier Schools staff as high school science teacher and FFA advisor. She brings experience in FFA and fair management along with years of teaching experience at hometown fairs.
The FFA program has suffered recently and Stidham has plans to help revive it.
“The FFA Motto is ‘Learning to Do, Doing to Learn, Earning to Live, Living to Serve,’” she said. “With the motto and program in mind, I plan on working with the students, members and our community to make FFA a part of our community again. I look forward to finding out what interests our students and building our chapter SAE, CDEs and projects that fit our school and state, and national contests.”
Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, Stidham grew up on a farm and was very involved in agriculture. She was active in FFA and 4-H, which led to her career choice.
“I enjoy working with the students,’’ she said. “Watching the students make the connection with Ag to their everyday lives is the best part of teaching about Ag. Everyone relies on agriculture, whether it be fiber, natural resources, food, or just about anything else we need to survive. When it comes to teaching Ag it’s far more than farming and ranching, meaning no two lessons are the same. So many people in America have lost the connection with where their food even comes from.”
As she begins to grow the FFA program, Stidham is eager to involve the students in community volunteer projects.
Stidham and her family moved here from the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
“My husband took a job with P66 Pipeline in Cut Bank,” she said. “We wanted to live in a small rural farming community away from the big city.”
She is excited about living in Valier, but also realizes it can be challenging to get to know her students and the community. However, her life experience should make that easy enough.
“I am a Marine veteran’s wife, a mom to two boys. My family and I have hosted many exchange students who we consider part of our forever family and bonus daughters,” she said. “I love camping, hiking, boating and spending time with my family. We purchased the old Gaylord Family residence and have fallen for the area and community.”