Where Are They Now: Chad Reese, Agricultural Science Teacher
November 26 – Coming from a family of Prairie View A&M Panthers, the college Chad Reese would attend had pretty much been decided for him. The even deeper family history of practicing agriculture would prove to serve him well as he pursued a degree in the College of Agriculture and Human Sciences. Agriculture had always played a major role in Reese’s life. He was raised to be familiar with livestock and growing gardens as both his father and grandfather were active in the agriculture industry. With a number of family members having graduated from PVAMU with agricultural degrees, it was only right he would do the same.
As a CAHS student, Reese majored in Agriculture Economics. He had his first experience of working in the community as an agriculture leader when he was selected to intern with the Cooperative Extension Program and spent his time learning from the Extension Agents assigned to Harris County. The time spent as a CAHS student led Reese to a career as an Agricultural Science Teacher at Mac Arthur High School in the Aldine Independent School District. He remains dedicated to the educational advancement in agriculture serving on the board of the Vocational Agriculture Teachers Association of Texas. Reese acknowledges CAHS as the institution where he learned so much from so many and has been able to carry on this knowledge throughout his life and share with his students. “My time at CAHS taught me how to be professional. I learned how to make connections and gather and use resources to give my students the best educational experience I can provide. I also learned the content of what I teach and I was given an absolute respect for education,” said Reese.
Reese’s extensive familiarity with agriculture before attending CAHS benefitted him in the classroom, but the best lesson he learned came from truly immersing himself in the PVAMU experience. “The one thing I took from my experience at PV was to respect those who were before me and value the multitude of advice and experience that they pass to us.”