Ryan Best is a relative young man, but he is not lacking in experience. In fact you might want to play "Hale to the Chief" when you meet him. He was 2011/2012 National President of Future Farmers of America, (FFA).
He is a humble Ag teacher with a wealth of awards to his credit. He hails from the big city of Elida, New Mexico, population 183 in the 2000 census. Ryan Started school in Portales, but in the middle of the third grade he transferred to Elida where he finished his schooling and graduated in 2009 as valedictorian in a class of 10. He carried a 4.0 grade point average.
He played basketball, baseball and track. He might have played football but the school didn't start football until his senior year when he was too involved in agriculture pursuits to have time for it.
Ryan was 1A all state point guard and shooting guard in basketball. His team made it to the semi-finals twice in basketball. In baseball Elida made it to the state tournament four times, to the semifinals three times and to the quarterfinals once.
His parents are Kent and Sherri Best. His dad is an appraiser for a local bank in Portales, and his mother is Administrative Secretary for Roosevelt County Extension Office.
Ryan had three sisters, but sadly, his older sister, Heidi is deceased, having been killed in an auto accident.
His sister, Halee is married to Hayden Goff. She is High school Guidance Counselor at Artesia High school in Artesia, N.M. Her husband is a lineman for Central
Valley Electric Coop. According to Ryan they have an absolutely beautiful one year old daughter named, McKinley.
His other sister, Reaves is in nursing school at Clovis Community College on track to becoming a registered nurse.
Ryan joined the FFA in the eighth grade. His advisor was Mr. Rod Savage from Melrose, N.M. He was a great inspiration for Ryan, and the ultimate reason he became a Ag Teacher.
Because he came from a small town and small school does not reflect on his accomplishments.
As a sophomore, in his words, He was, "fortunate to win State Champion Prepared Public Speaker. The same year he was a member of the State Champion Parliamentary Procedure team at the state FFA Convention at Las Cruces, N.M.
In 2008 he was elected as New Mexico State FFA Vice President. In 2009 he was elected N.M. State FFA President. He served for two years and then took a year off before he was elected National FFA President in 2011.
Best started college at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces. After three years he transferred to Tarleton State University in Stephenville.
While he was National President, he took two semesters off from college and he and six teammates, (The National Secretary and four National Vice Presidents), traveled 325 days out of the year. They traveled about 100,000 miles, visited 36 states, and spoke to close to 95,000 students.
The National FFA budgeted travel expenses. They also traveled to Japan and Puerto Rico.
Just because Best came from a small school doesn't mean he is lacking in academics. He was valedictorian of his high school with a 4.0 grade point average.
In New Mexico State He was Crimson Honors Student, with a 4.0 grade point average. He was on the Dean's List: Fall 2009, Spring 2010, Fall 2010, Spring 2011, Fall 2011.
At Tarleton State he was Summa Cum Laude with a 4.0 grade point average.
When it came to choosing where he wanted to teach he chose Seminole. He said, "I had heard of the good Ag program here, and how strong of an Ag Community Seminole is." Adding, "The chance to be a part of that heritage is really exciting." He said he was impressed with the high academic standard of the school district.
He said he will be teaching three classes. 1.) Principles of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources. 2.) Landscape Design and Turf-grass management. 3) Wildlife, Fisheries, Ecology management.
He thinks he will have about 10 students in each class and will hold two sessions of each class.
Ryan grew up in the Kenna Community Church in Kenna, N.M., a small unincorporated community Near Elida. He said he hasn't yet chosen a home church in Seminole, but plans to visit several before making up his mind.
When asked what his hobbies are, would you believe the first thing mentioned had to do with agriculture. Best said he has a small flock of ewes and raises show lambs. His parents have about 40 ewes and two rams.
Besides raising show lambs, he still plays some sports. He sometimes plays a little basketball, and occasionally slow pitch baseball. He is also an avid reader. He likes spiritual books and enjoys reading Louis L'Amour. He also recently purchased a number of hardback Zane Grey books.
Ryan Best said, "I'm really excited to be a part of the Seminole High School Faculty and to come into such a prestigious agriculture program and FFA chapter.