When first we spoke with Texas agriculture teachers Denisa Espinosa and Melissa Barnett a few months ago, their excitement was palpable. The two educators were preparing to wrap their first year teaching at the brand-new Technology, Exploration and Career Center West (TECC-W) in Lewisville. We spotted photos of their students using our agriculture learning aids on social media, and Denisa and Melissa agreed to speak with us. From the moment the conversation began, it was clear that these passionate teachers were determined to give their students as much hands-on learning experiences as possible, even in a pandemic year.
“The first time that we used them and they realized that the models opened up and had organs inside of them, it was like Scavenger Hunt/Puzzle Day,” said Veterinary Science Teacher Denisa Espinosa. “The students were so excited to try to put them back together in the right way. It was such a great way for them to learn, without really even knowing they were learning.”
Through an engaging and informative Zoom interview, we learned how Denisa and Melissa use our animal models and simulators in their Veterinary Science and Animal Science programs… sometimes in ways we never even considered! Their goal: to prepare students for the rigorous internships and on-the-job experiences the specialized career training center offered in its college-articulated programs.
Our favorite video interview moments
Watch the above video to see our favorite moments from their video interview. You’ll learn why Denisa and Melissa prioritize hands-on learning in their classroom. You’ll also learn how they are using interactive models and realistic simulators to keep their students engaged and prepare them for real careers.
The photos that started it all: Below, TECC-W students use our learning aids in their classroom:
- Ready to learn more about Denisa and Melissa’s TECC-W program and the agriculture learning aids they used? Consider these resources:
- Read Denisa and Melissa’s story, “Texas Career Center Launches Agriculture Program with New Hands-On Learning Aids“
- Learn how our agriculture resources can help you create a 21st Century animal science program by downloading our free “Agriculture Program Implementation Guide“
- Explore all the learning aids and resources we offer for agriculture education