Brevin Evenson takes the wheel as Pateros school FFA/Ag instructor

Enriching local ground
PATEROS – A local alumnus of the Quad City school system is returning home to till the soil, so to speak, and pass on his passion for teaching its latest crop of students.
Brevin Evenson, a 2017 graduate of Bridgeport High School, is replacing long-time Pateros FFA/Ag teacher Lyle Blackburn at Pateros High School for the 2021-22 academic year. Blackburn’s retirement was recently announced at the Jan. 25 school board meeting.
“I am super excited and blessed to have this opportunity to come home and serve the students in the community that I grew up in,” Evenson told The Quad last week. “I couldn’t pass up the opportunity for a hometown kid to return home.”
The timing could not have much better for Evenson. He saw the vacancy posted in an online website and in his first job application and interview for a post-graduate post, landed the position at Pateros.
After 13 years in Bridgeport’s K-12 system, Evenson attended Washington State University majoring in Agricultural Education. He will receive his Bachelor of Science degree in May. Evenson expressed his gratitude to BHS Ag teacher Adam Corum for his choice of major.
“When it comes to how I have chosen my career path I really turn the pages back to my experiences in FFA and the Ag program at Bridgeport High school,” said Evenson. “My advisor, Mr. Corum, always pushed me in school, and you could really tell that he cared about who I was and my potential as a student. Having him as a mentor has been amazing and he has kept me driven to reach my goals even after graduating high school.”
Evenson said he was a very active four-year FFA member, serving in officer positions and competing in many career and leadership development events. He credited Corum’s impact on him as a student that drove his passion in the agriculture field and ultimately led to the reason he is an ag teacher today.  
Speaking of his new position, Evenson said he is grateful to be coming home and where he can both to serve the community where he grew up and be close to his family. 
“Mr. Blackburn has done an amazing job with the program here and I know that I have some big shoes to fill following in his footsteps,” Evenson said of his predecessor.
Evenson touched on his goals for the Pateros ag program.
“I really want to create a program that is going to draw in as many students as possible and really give them an opportunity to grow,” Evenson said, reflecting on his own experiences. “There is so much agriculture in our area and I want the students to really understand how important that is.”
I am excited to be come home and continue to serve the community and be close to my family while doing so. 
 “I was a four-year FFA member and very active, serving in officer positions and competing in many career and leadership development events.”


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