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By LeAnn R. Ralph
BOYEVILLE — Glenn Knudtson, who has taught 7th to 12th grade agriculture in the Boyceville school district since 1987, says that with his retirement from teaching, he will miss his students but not the paperwork.
Knudtson is originally from Fall Creek and graduated from Fall Creek High School in 1980. He graduated from UW-River Falls in 1985.
Before coming to the Boyceville school district, he taught the 1985-1986 school year at Tri-County High School in Plainfield, Wisconsin.
When asked why he decided to become an ag teacher, Knudtson said he had grown up on a 60-cow dairy farm and was actively involved in his high school agriculture classes and the FFA.
Knudtson started college as a physical education major, “but I switched to ag education my junior year, influenced by my college advisor.”
The changes in agriculture over the past three decades have meant changes in the classroom, too, such as agricultural demographics and technology.
“My first year, I taught a class called Dairy Farm Management with three-quarters of the students living on an active dairy farm. Today there are only a handful of students in the entire high school residing on a dairy farm. My curriculum changed drastically over the years to meet the needs of the students,” Knudtson said.
“My first decade of teaching, all technology consisted of film strips and rented 16mm films. Students were excited if I had a film for them to watch. Today, students have access to an infinite amount of information at their fingertips. Their attention span is much shorter, and the quality of the video has to be better,” he said.
Knudtson says he particularly appreciated the support he has received in the Boyceville school district from the FFA Alumni.
“There was a group of very dedicated members who donated countless hours of their time to ensure the success of the FFA Chapter,” he said.
With his retirement, Knudtson said there are some things he will not miss, although he will most definitely miss his students.
“I won’t miss the morning staff meetings, lunch duty or the extra paperwork outside the classroom. I will miss the interaction with students. They always bring energy, and there is never a dull day,” he said.
“I have enjoyed working with my colleagues, students, parents, and members of the community and am ready to move on to the next phase in my life,” Knudtson said.
“I am truly grateful to this district for allowing me the opportunity to be part of this school system. Teaching has been a very rewarding career. I sincerely appreciate the freedom and support that administrators and board members have given me over the past three and a half decades,” he said.