NASELLE - The Naselle Youth Camp School has one new teacher this year, and he has come all the way across country from Virginia and West Virginia. That teacher is James (Jim) Moten.
"I grew up on a small farm near Cornstalk, W.Va.," Moten said. "We raised beef cattle and crops on our farm. I graduated from Greenbrier East High School in 1985. I was very involved in FFA, 4-H, and Boy Scouts.
"I attended Potomac State College for two years, then transferred to West Virginia University where I received my B.S. in Agricultural Education in 1989. I accepted a position with Goochland County Public Schools, in Virginia, teaching agriculture. I taught agriculture for 11 years, then the county decided to eliminate the agriculture program. I was then transferred to the middle school to teach Technology Education. I coached a variety sports while at Goochland, such as football, baseball and softball."
At the Naselle Youth Camp School, Moten taught small engine repair, landscaping and aquaculture during the summer months. He also will teach Agriculture Mechanics to the public school students. Moten plan on doing some different projects with the students this year and stressing metal working and welding.
"I am married with two children - a 10-year-old boy who attends Naselle public schools and a 2-year-old daughter who thinks she is a teenager. My wife Susan is the sister of one of Rosburg's outstanding citizens, Mike Queener," Moten explained
"The main reason that I teach is that I love to see students learn things that will help them in life's long journey. I also had few teachers that took extra time to help me and by teaching, I hope to give back that same caring of individuals," concluded Moten.