Brook Rich had to do one of the toughest things she has ever done in her life.
>Accepts job with High Desert ESD
The Madras High School agriculture instructor and FFA advisor told her students goodbye last week, and it was an emotional scene when she announced to her students that she is resigning to take a position with the High Desert Education Service District
"I wanted to try something new and this is something that I've wanted for some time now," said Rich, who will be the CTE Instructional Developer and Specialist with the High Desert ESD. "I'm very excited for this opportunity to see if I can help elsewhere."
Rich, who was married last August, has a 5-year-old son and is expecting another child in October.
"It was very difficult to tell my students," said Rich, who started at MHS in 2002. "In a way, I felt like I was letting them down, but this decision is what's best for my family."
In 2010, Rich was named the Outstanding Teacher of the Year award from the Oregon Vocational Agriculture Teachers Association, and is well-liked by former and current MHS students.
"She is completely irreplaceable. I have never seen a teacher put so much time into her job and give so much to her students" said MHS senior and FFA member Ryan Fine of Rich. "She has impacted my life greatly and has been such an inspiration to me and many other students as well. It was very emotional when she told us she was taking another job and it was very difficult for her to tell us."
Rich has guided the MHS FFA chapter to numerous awards over her 10-year career with the school.
"We have a small chapter, but I'm very proud of the amount of state and national awards that our chapter has earned in my time with the school," Rich said. "We've had a lot of kids go on to study agriculture as well and that's been really big for me."
Rich will finish out the school year, before officially ending her time with MHS.
"I want to thank the community and school district for the opportunities," Rich said. "I also want to thank my students and their families for letting me be a part of their lives."