Q&A With ACC Adjunct Government Professor Blake Farrar

Q: So how long have you been teaching at high schools?

A: “So I’ve been teaching at ACC for a little over 10 years now, I probably taught at my first high school seven years ago. But I’ve been teaching here in Dripping Springs it’s my third consecutive year.”

Q: Why did you decide to start teaching at high schools?

A: “The thing about ACC is that as an adjunct professor, I don’t always get to pick exactly what I’m teaching. We basically get put in a lottery draw system and just based on your luck of the draw depends on which courses you get.”

A: “So I started teaching in high school just as a necessity, because I needed to make the number of classes. But one of the reasons I like teaching Dripping Springs is because ACC has a try to get more consistency, so they’ll guarantee that we get both semesters.”

Q: Do you prefer one over the other?

A: “I like a mixture of both. I do like I think the students out here in Dripping Springs are great. Right, the staff and the administration is really great and basically gives me everything I need to do my job. Ms. Van Every and the teacher Mr. Bixby are very willing to work with me and give me everything I need.”

Q: Do you find yourself struggling to get high school students to take college courses seriously?

A: “No, I don’t think so. I mean, with any subject, especially for seniors, there’s a certain amount of maybe burnout that happens towards the end [of the year] and people already focused on the future. But, it’s the same with any class.”

Q: Is there anything that you wish students knew about taking ACC classes?

A: “That notetaking helps. I think a lot of students figure that out later on in the semester, but I don’t know how much note taking is required in other high school classes. And so I can tell a lot of students maybe just need a little bit more note taking preparation.”

By Tessa Stigler, Editor-in-Chief

Featured photo by Tessa Stigler

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