Agriculture Academy

Meet our Teachers

Meet our Teachers

Mr. Carroll

Mr. Chase Carroll was born and raised in Grand Saline, TX where his family owned a feeder cattle operation. Mr. Carroll attended Texas A&M University and graduated with a degree in Agriculture Science in 2009. Mr. Carroll obtained his master's degree from Texas A&M Kingsville in Agriculture Science which has allowed him to teach our dual credit ag courses through Palo Alto College. Serving as an Ag teacher for 11 years, Mr. Carroll has worked at O'Connor for the last 7 years as the steer project manager, and the coach for the chapter conducting team, horse judging, and wildlife judging teams. Mr. Carroll's favorite breed of cattle is the polled Hereford, and his hobbies include golfing, hunting, fishing,

Mr. Clay

Mr. Clay was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. Mr. Clay graduated from O'Connor in 2011 where he participated in the FFA program and showed chickens and turkeys. Following high school, Mr. Clay attended Texas A&M University where he majored in Agricultural Science. Graduating from Texas A&M in 2014 allowed Mr. Clay to swiftly return to work at his alma mater in 2015 as an Ag teacher. Mr. Clay runs our greenhouse, coaches FFA teams, and handles all poultry and horticulture projects. In 2018 Mr. Clay graduated from Texas A&M University Kingsville with a master's degree in Agriculture Science. Brian also serves as the chair of the Former Students of O'Connor FFA organization which works to reconnect alum to the program & current students by fundraising and volunteering. Mr. Clay is a man with many accolades including Texas A&M poultry judging national champion, Texas High School Poultry Judging Champion, Texas A&M Poultry Judging Champion, and has trained with the National winning team. Mr. Clay was also Northside ISD's 1st-year teacher of the year in 2016. Mr. Clay is married and is the father to two little girls, Emily and Catherine. In his spare time, he loves to saltwater fish, hunt, and go hiking. The aspect of being an Ag teacher that Mr. Clay enjoys the most is working with the students on FFA teams. He believes the skills they learn while participating in these events set them up for their future in public speaking, decision-making skills, responsibility, and obtaining a competitive edge. We are lucky to have Mr. Clay on staff and we thank him for all that he does!

Mrs. Jenschke standing infront of wall.

Mrs. Jenschke was born and raised in Weimar, TX. Both of Mrs. Jenschke's parents were ag teachers so she explained that she grew up as a blue and gold FFA baby! Mrs. Jenschke was heavily involved in Ag in high school and participated in a little bit of everything including FFA leadership development events (LDE's) and career development events (CDE's), held officer positions within FFA, raised chickens, pigs, and steers, and community service. Following high school, Mrs. Jenschke went off to College Station, TX to obtain her bachelor's and master's degrees in Agriculture Science from Texas A&M University (WHOOP). Mrs. Jenschke is married (to a former Aggie football player!) and together they have two sons (9 months old and 3 years old). When Mrs. Jenschke is not teaching or in the barns she can be found reading, going to the movies, spending time with her family, and most recently collecting bugs. It is obvious that Mrs. Jenschke loves sharing her passion for agriculture and FFA with her students. She loves building relationships that go beyond just students and teachers in a classroom setting and providing students with knowledge that they can take with them after high school. Pretty soon the family tradition will continue when her boys get to participate in all that high school agriculture has to offer!

 

Mr. McFarland in a blue shirt.

Mr. Wes McFarland was born in Pratt, Kansas, and grew up in Canyon Lake, Texas where he attended Smithson Valley High School. Mr. McFarland participated in agriculture by competing with showing pigs, parliamentary procedure, meat judging, and ag mechanics teams. Following high school, Mr. McFarland attended Texas A&M University (WHOOP) and majored in Agriculture Science, and graduated in 2009. Mr. McFarland also holds a master's degree in Educational Administration from U.T. Tyler.

Teaching began for Mr. McFarland here at O'Connor where he completed his student teaching. Following student teaching, Mr. McFarland worked as an Ag teacher in Jacksonville, Texas for three years and then made his way here back to Helotes and has served as an ag teacher at O'Connor ever since. Currently, Mr. McFarland is our Ag Mechanics teacher and you can find him out in the "Q" shop working with our upper-level Ag Mech students.

When Mr. McFarland is not on campus in the shop he enjoys spending time with his wife Catilin and their 3 children. Mr. Mcfarland loves being a Dad, building stuff, being outside, and listening to live music. Something you may not know about him is that he LOVES playing the drums and listening to heavy metal music. When I asked Mr. McFarland about his infamous beard he shared that it began due to sleep deprivation caused by his newborn child. He then stated the pediatrician told him that he should not shave it for two reasons: 1) sun protection and 2) if he does shave it his baby may not recognize him. The beard has remained since Mr. McFarland's firstborn child for these reasons.

Mrs. Minze

Mrs. Minze grew up in San Antonio where she participated in agriculture and FFA while attending James Madison High School. (Fun Fact: Mr. Pouncy was her Ag teacher!) While in high school she raised pigs and participated on the National Wool Judging Team. Mrs. Minze went on to College Station Texas to obtain her bachelor's and master's degrees from Texas A&M University. Mrs. Minze holds her bachelor's degree in Agriculture Science and her master's degree in Agriculture Education. Following graduation she taught in Fairfield, TX for 2 years, Judson High School for 8 years and this is her 4th year serving as an Ag teacher at O'Connor. Currently, she teaches our veterinary medical applications, principles of agriculture, and floral design courses.

 

During the height of the COVID pandemic, Mrs. Minze, and her now-husband, Brandon was forced to elope and postpone their wedding. They were officially married on a sailboat and recently got the opportunity to re-do their wedding! Mrs.Minze and her husband own a sailboat which they keep in Kemah (near Houston) and they both enjoy sailing, being in the outdoors, traveling, hiking, camping, and kayaking. The Minze's have an affinity for being on the water. When not in the classroom Mrs. Minze serves as the coach for our Floriculture, Veterinary Science, Ag Advocacy, and Public Relations FFA teams, and the project manager for the lambs.

 

Mrs. Minze's favorite quote is " We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then is not an act, but a habit." - Aristotle 

Mr. Pouncy seated at desk

Mr. Colton Pouncy was born and raised in Temple, TX where he was very involved with agriculture. Mr. Pouncy raised rabbits, lambs, steers, pigs, and chickens during his youth. Mr. Pouncy has many claims to fame, two of them being a state champion in agronomy judging, and also a state champion for his science fair project involving nozzles, droplet sizes, and dispersal rate of large-scale sprayers in agriculture fields. Mr. Pouncy is also not to be messed with as he has a black belt in karate. Following high school, Colton went on to obtain his degree from Texas Tech University in agriculture education with a minor in plant & soil science.

This is Mr. Pouncy's third year working as an ag teacher and while in the classroom, you can find him teaching our advanced animal science, career prep, and ag practicum course. Durocs are Mr. Pouncy's favorite livestock species and he is on a mission to get more students to share the same affinity for the red-haired, floppy-eared pigs. If Mr. Pouncy had more time, he would love to be in the outdoors hunting, fishing, playing golf, and working out. He tries to participate in these activities as much as he can! One of Mr. Pouncy's goals is to travel to Europe (he is a huge history buff) to see Greece and Italy and see all the ancient artifacts that are found there.

Mr. Pouncy is much appreciated around here. He is always willing to help and answer any and all of your questions in a knowledgeable and thorough manner. We are lucky to have him on staff.

More staff bio's coming soon. 

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