New Brockton Teacher is a Class Act

Lee Gunter needs a bigger classroom at New Brockton High School. His students have won so many Future Farmer of America (FFA) awards, he's running out of room to display them. The FFA club has 110 members.

Principal Dale Kelley says, "he'll (Gunter) have many field trips with them. He'll get them involved in county contests, district contests and of course they go on to state level contests. They know he's willing to put in the hours for them and in return they respect him, by wanting to be a part of this program."

Last October New Brockton's FFA chapter went to nationals.

During the day, Gunter teaches agri-science, one of the school's most popular electives. "We're more into like forestry and we do some fisheries, aqua-culture. Things that relate to agriculture, but not actually production agriculture, although that's still an important part. But it's more technical, the things we do now," says Gunter.

New Brockton's FFA chapter has been recognized as one of the top five programs in Alabama for each of the past five years. On three occasions it's been acknowledged as one of the top chapters in the country.

Education Reporter: Michael Briddell