Brian Alexander and Jonathan Grimes have over 30 years of combined teaching experience in agricultural mechanics. They knew there had to be a way to simplify the process of teaching safety standards in the agricultural mechanics laboratory. The idea was born on the drive to the 2017 National Policy Seminar in Washington, D.C. After countless conversations with instructors across the nation, we found that Virginia was not alone in having great teachers coming to the profession by alternative licensure and not having formal training in the mechanics laboratory.
Jonathan graduated from Virginia Tech with a B.S. in Agricultural Sciences with minors in Agricultural Education and Horticulture and a MS in Educational Leadership from Radford University. He was enrolled in an Agriculture program for 5 years through middle school and high school where he found a love for carpentry and agricultural mechanics. He also took industrial arts where he learned advanced techniques for utilizing wood working equipment.
Brian is a first generation cow-calf farmer and graduated from Virginia Tech with a B.S. in Agricultural Education. He was enrolled in an Agriculture program for 5 years through middle school and high school. He dedicates his high school agricultural experience with his passion for agricultural production. Brian received much of his agricultural mechanics skills from his dad who taught precision machining at the college level.
They both have a passion for agricultural education and believe in the importance of agricultural mechanics. This learning management system streamlines teaching agricultural mechanics, but more importantly, it helps beginning teachers feel comfortable with teaching agricultural mechanics. Brian and Jonathan have each respectfully served as the President of the Virginia Association of Agricultural Educators and strive to have Agricultural Education in Virginia be a premier Career and Technical Education program for the state.