Soil and Water Conservation District honors pair with teaching awards

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Two Ag Science teachers at Bellville High School were lauded recently by the Austin County Soil and Water Conservation District with Conservation Education Awards. 

Rod Vincent and Jacob Diezi, both teachers at Bellvile were named for their work in the classroom educating students about geological conservation issues. The Conservation Education Awards are given each year by soil and water conservation districts around the state. 

Vincent graduated from Texas A&M University in 1987 with Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Agricultural Education and has been a teacher for more than 28 years. He taught at New Caney High School for 16 years, and has been teaching at Bellville High School for the last 12 years. Mr. Vincent is a member of the Austin County Fair Association and the Bellville FFA Alumni. 

According to the district, Vincent excels in teaching students all aspects of Agricultural Science including plant ID, soils, conservation and wildlife along with many other agricultural skills. Rod helps prepare the students by participating in several contests each year, including the District’s essay contest and the West of the Brazos Contest too. 

“Rod trains these young folks to be competitive in these contests, by using their knowledge of wildlife, range, and soils. And a major goal that was set by Mr. Vincent and with the hard work of the students, was to win the State Contest in Range and Pasture Evaluation.,” the district said in announcing the award. “This goal was met this year when they won first Place, and then went on to win third place in the National Contest.” 

Diezi is not only a teacher of agriculture, but a lifelong student of conservation himself, the district said in the announcement. 

“Living and working in Austin County has given Mr. Diezi the teaching tools used to help the students learn through activities in the classroom while still having fun and interesting experiences. High standards are placed upon the students so that they will become good and productive citizens of our community.” 

Diezi graduated from Blinn in 1997 with an Associate’s Degree in Science and in 1999 from Texas A&M with a Bachelor’s Degree in Agricultural Development in Education. Diezi started teaching in Clear Lake in 1998 for a couple of years, but has spent the last 16 years in Bellville. He has been a member of the Austin County Fair Board and also participates as a member of the Houston Livestock Calf Scramble Committee.

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