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By Akasha Spino-Bybee

GHS ag teacher Nickels retiring



Terry Nichols

After a few decades into a profession, people begin feeling the need for retirement. When that day finally comes, they might find themselves on the road, or doing whatever it is they enjoy most. As he embarks on his retirement, Goldendale High School Agriculture teacher and F.F.A. (Future Farmers of America) advisor, Terry Nickels, will also embark on a journey of his own.

"I've taught here in Goldendale for 34 years now," says Nickels, "over time, I've really enjoyed teaching animal science, that's kind of what I am interested in most, it's been the most fun for me to teach." Having been raised in rural Battle Ground of southwest Washington, Nickels came to enjoy breeding and raising livestock at an early age. "It was fun doing all of the F.F.A. things with the kids and working with them one on one. You get a few "nuggets" every once in a while and it's nice to see them excel," he says.

Although Nickels has thoroughly enjoyed teaching students about his passion as a career, he is ready to do other things. "I am finally at the point where I can retire, so I am looking forward to doing some traveling and becoming involved in something other than teaching," says Nickels. "I think my wife and I want to travel the East Coast and see everything from Boston up. My wife wants to go back to Hawaii, so I guess I'm going to Hawaii," he laughs, "I think it will be fun."

Nickels promises the community that this won't be the last time he'll be seen in town. "My wife and I will travel for a bit, take some time to relax and see how it goes," he says. "If I decide I want to work again, I'll work and if I decide I've got plenty to do, I won't. I'll keep in touch with the students I've mentored, but they're moving on to different things, so I know I've done my part and they are sure to succeed."


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