Riverside Christian Academy’s administration has announced that Emma Gordon has been hired as the school’s new agriculture teacher.
“Riverside Christian Academy has been truly blessed by Emma Gordon joining our faculty,” said RCA Principal Cara Sain. “Emma’s passion for her faith and for teaching are contagious, and we look forward to seeing where she will lead our Agriculture and FFA programs in the coming years. With Emma’s enthusiasm and God’s blessings, the sky is the limit.”
Emma was born and raised in Fayetteville on her family’s beef cattle farm. She graduated from Tennessee Tech with a bachelor of science in agriculture communications this year. Emma worked at Scott’s Orchard through college, and she loves her cows, her dogs and the Tennessee Vols. She is passionate about FFA and is very excited to start the school year.
“I love FFA,” said Gordon. “FFA brought me out of my shell through the interview and public speaking skills and the one-on-one student and teacher instruction time. FFA is very inclusive, and it is about so much more than just farming. I have been involved in FFA since ninth grade and all the way through college. I’m blessed to be able to work FFA into my career.”
RCA’s agriculture program is one of only a handful of its kind at private schools across the nation.
“I’m looking forward to the small school atmosphere and the community that RCA provides. My goal is to keep RCA’s FFA and agriculture programs headed in the positive direction that it is already headed in. It is a small program, but it has a lot of potential for growth,” said Gordon.
RCA is unique in that pre-school through 12th grade students are all housed under one roof. One of Gordon’s goals is to involve the younger Riverside students in the agriculture program through an FFA initiative called PLOW (passing literacy onward) and general education about the source of the food we eat.
“FFA has been a great addition to our curriculum at RCA. We are so thankful to be able to continue to offer this program to our students and families,” said Sain.