Phone: 469-219-2300 x. 81209
Degrees and Certifications:
Bachelor of Science in Animal Science (Angelo State University) Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Education (Texas Tech University) ASNT Welding Inspector VT Level IIr
Mr. Thomas J Epting
Hello Blue Hawks!
I am very excited to be teaching at Rock Hill High School! I teach Veterinary Tech and Welding courses and serving as the FFA and Agriculture Mechanics SAE advisor! 2020-2021 will be my 12th year as an Ag Science Teacher and FFA Advisor. I am excited about the opportunities to help students at Rock Hill High School achieve great things!
I was born and raised in Grayson County and graduated from Whitesboro High School. I attended Angelo State University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science. Additionally, I attended Texas Tech University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Education in 2008! Wreck’Em Tech! I have a strong background in agriculture and agriculture mechanics and look forward to being a part of the district and Rock Hill High School!
In my free time, I enjoy being with my wife and children being outdoors, CrossFit, and golfing.
For district FFA information, please click here.
1st (A) - Princples of Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources
2nd (A) - Conference
3rd (A) - Veterinary Medical Applications
4th (A) - Practicum in Veterinary Medicine
5th (B) - Conference
6th (B) - Small Animal Management
7th (B) - Agriculture Mechanics & Metal Technology
8th (B) - Wildife, Fisheries & Ecology Managment
by Elmer Kelton Year Published: 01/01/1984
In the 1950s, West Texas suffered the longest drought in the memory of most men then living. By that time, Charlie Flagg, the central character of this novel, was one of a dying breed of men who wrested their living from the harsh land of West Texas. The struggle made them fiercely independent, a trait personified in Charlie’s persistence throughout the seven dry years, his refusal to accept defeat, his opposition to federal aid programs and their inevitable bureaucratic regulations, his determination to stay on the land he loves and respects even as he suffers with that land. Charlie is by no means the typical cowboy hero. Self-sufficient, courageous, with a strong sense of right and wrong, he is also old and overweight, a thoroughly believable human being who has trouble communicating with the wife who loyally struggles to keep life in its pattern, the son who has no feel for the land but yearns for the rodeo circuit, the Mexican family who has worked for him for years and whose help he can no longer afford. Although Charlie never loses his dignity and never quits, he does not win out in the end. When the drought breaks, it has lasted too long and he is too old.
There is no surprise ending to this story, no magical solution to the harsh realities of life in West Texas. The reading of this novel lies not in what happens next but in the unfolding depth of a strong character and the clear picture of a time and a place.
**Description copied from tamupress.com