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Moffat County High School agricultural education teacher Rick Murr values family, teaching above all

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CRAIG — Moffat County High School students are being given the opportunity to learn life skills from one of their teachers.

Agricultural educator Rick Murr has been teaching in Moffat County for 17 years and says his approach to teaching is based on the adage, "Give a man a fish, and feed him for a day; teach a man to fish, and feed him for a lifetime."

When not teaching, Murr likes to stay active and enjoys hunting, fishing, hiking and biking. He's also a high school basketball official.

"Growing up in agriculture, I am still actively involved in livestock agriculture and also have a love for the outdoors of Colorado," Murr said.

The Craig Press caught up with Murr and asked about his influences and experiences as an educator.

Craig Press: Who most influenced you to become an educator, and how did that person influence you?

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Murr: My agricultural education instructor in high school. He showed me that you can have a profound impact on agriculture from several different angles being a teacher.

CP: Describe how/when you learned teaching is what you were meant to do?

Murr: I didn't know that I wanted to be a teacher until my junior year of undergraduate school. I had been involved with teaching some students livestock judging and enjoyed that experience. It wasn't until I was actually student-teaching that I knew that I wanted to pursue a career in education.

CP: If your greatest supporter were in the room with us today, what five words would he or she use to describe you as a person, a teacher or a colleague?

Murr: Friendly, honest, funny, engaging and listener.

CP: In your experience, what is the most challenging part of your role as an educator, and how have you met that challenge?

Murr: To make sure that I'm giving students the tools each day to leave the high school and be successful in life. I don't know if I'm successful in this, and maybe won't know until years later.

CP: What methods of teaching, besides lecture, do you use to present material to your students?

Murr: Hands on learning. We take more away from the learning process if there is an activity to allow students to lock in the information and transfer that information to other areas.

CP: How are you involved in the community outside school?

Murr: Officiate basketball, livestock judge, livestock classifier.

CP: If a visitor came to your classroom and took a photo, what would he or she see in that photo?

Murr: If it is of my classroom during class, not much, as we are building the future in the shop/lab setting.

CP: What is one fun fact about you?

Murr: Cheesy jokes and puns are great ways to bring a laugh to students.

Contact Sasha Nelson at 970-875-1794 or snelson@CraigDailyPress.com.

Background

Name: Rick Murr
School: Moffat County High School
Grades taught: Ninth through Twelfth grades
Number of years teaching: 17
Subjects/classes: Agriculture Education
Moffat County is the only place Murr has taught.