Dan Ramsey, who began his teaching career 29 years ago at Liberty-Eylau in Texarkana, has flipped his Prairiland agriculture classroom lights off one last time as he readies for retirement.
“I am excited about this new chapter in my life,” Ramsey said, “but I will miss that chapter and the students.”
Ramsey said he has seen many changes in education during his 29 years.
“As an educator, I tried to prepare my students to be ready to lead a productive life after they graduated high school or college,” Ramsey said. “I used current events and issues relevant to them in my lessons. It is always a pleasant surprise when my former students see me in a public place and come visit with me. I may not always recall their names, but I do remember them.”
Kayleigh Potter, one of Prairland’s many 2019 graduates, and Emerson Penny, a Prairiland sophmore, said Ramsey was one of the funniest teachers they have met.
“He always put a smile on everyone’s face and can cheer you up on your darkest days,” Penny said. “He makes everyone feel welcomed in the (agriculture) department and is just an all-around wonderful person.”
Potter said Ramsey has taught students “many life lessons we will never forget.
“We are very sad to hear of his retirement, but we wish him the best in his coming adventures,” Potter said.
Stacey Walker, a teacher’s aide, said Ramsey has always been witty and personable to students and teachers.
“He’s greeted everyone with a smile, and he’s made learning for the kids fun and easy,” she said. “He makes me smile every time I talk to him. He is someone you will miss and someone that the kids will feel lucky they had.”
Ramsey said he began his agriculture career as an assistant manager for Super H Foods in Paris with a Bachelors of Science in agricultural business from East Texas State University, what’s now known as Texas A&M-Commerce.
“After a couple of years working in that position, I realized I wanted to pursue a teaching career,” Ramsey said. “I again attended ETSU to obtain a teaching certificate in agri-science.”
He said once he was able to return to Lamar County, he was hired as Roxton ISD’s agricultural science teacher.
“I made many friends while at Roxton,” Ramsey said. “My students and parents traveled with me many miles across Texas where they exhibited showpigs. A lasting friendship was formed with those students and their parents, and in fact, they gave me the nickname ‘Pigman.’”
He made his round to Paris High School, and is now retiring after 17 years at Prairiland ISD.
Ramsey is married to Sharon Ramsey, who is also retiring as a teacher. They have two sons; his oldest, who is married with one daughter, lives in Waco; and the youngest lives in Reno.
“We plan on doing some traveling and spending time with our family,” Ramsey said, “especially with our granddaughter.”