I would like to thank the Payson Unified School District Board and the Payson community for supporting the agricultural education program. I am so happy to see that the students in this program will finally have a state-of-the-art facility where a complete agricultural education program can be taught.
Wendell Stevens was an amazing teacher. I believe in what he taught me so thoroughly that I decided to become an agricultural education teacher myself. I have been teaching agriculture for 10 years now.
Mr. Stevens taught me a great deal about agriculture, but he taught me even more about how to be successful in life. The most amazing part of this is that Mr. Stevens did all of this with little more than a white board marker and a few shovels.
Mr. Stevens’ professional achievements are impressive, but it is in his role as a mentor where he really stands out. He has personally touched thousands of students’ lives. However, he has influenced the education of tens, maybe even hundreds, of thousands through his role as a mentor and role model for other teachers.
I firmly believe that, good (maybe even great) agricultural education teachers will come to work at Payson High School. But I doubt that you will ever find one to equal Mr. Stevens.
I would like to encourage Mr. Stevens’ former students to consider asking the school board to waive the “FF Policy,” and allow the new agricultural education facility to be named after Wendell Stevens.