Walter Earle

Agriculture, Grades 9-12, McBee High School McBee, South Carolina

Total years as a classroom teacher: 30


Clemson University M.S., Animal Science 1980
Clemson University B.S., Agriculture Education 1978
Wingate College A.S., Agriculture 1976

Teaching Experience

1987-Present Grades 9-12, McBee High School, McBee, South Carolina
1980-1987 College Level, Florence-Darlington Technical College, Florence, South Carolina

Special Recognition

2010 State Teacher of the Year Award Within a Discipline, Agriculture
2009 South Carolina Career and Technical Educator of the Year
1997 Wal-Mart Foundation Teacher of the Year
1991 National Future Farmers of America South Carolina Agriscience Teacher of the Year


  • Mr. Earle follows his own philosophy of teaching. He and his
    students strive to develop skills and knowledge to better enable one to
    earn a living and be able to get the most out of living. That is
    education. His FFA motto: ‘Learning to Do, Doing to Learn, Earning to
    Live, Living to Serve’ reflects his philosophy.


  • Mr. Earle believes the daily rewards of being a teacher include
    watching students gain life skills that make them productive citizens.
    The very best part of teaching is exposing students to the connection
    between the classroom and the “real” world. By using everyday samples
    and examples, students realize that the classroom “learning” is
    meaningful to them. The long-term rewards are enjoying these students’
    successes many years after graduation. Someone is not a teacher until
    someone has learned.

Pat combines an excellent instructional program which is
challenging enough to consistently attract a large percentage of the
students in the school, including some of the top academic performers,
with a Supervised Agricultural Experience program that helps develop
young students and train older students. Though Pat has many great
attributes that he demonstrates in the classroom, perhaps his greatest
is that he truly cares about kids.

William Keels, Supervisor

 “As the sole instructor within the agriculture education
program, [Mr. Earle] deftly manages a diversified curriculum, which
appeals to a wide variety of students: male and female, college
preparatory and career and technology oriented, and even exceptional
education students. He employs a hands-on teaching approach, which makes
students responsible for their learning and for working together to
achieve goals and to master skills. Mr. Earle’s enthusiasm is evident
within the classroom. While his students would say his is entertaining,
he is consistently able to grasp and maintain their attention as they
study animal and crop production and the sciences prerequisites to
understanding them. The students are able to get involved in learning
because they are given opportunities to apply their skills in school and
community projects such as irrigating the school’s baseball facility
with a grant they wrote and received

Frances McCluney, Colleague