Fish Culture and Experiment Station
3059 National Fish Hatchery Road #F
Hagerman, Idaho 83332
Research & Extension Center
CSI Evergreen Building
315 Falls Avenue East
Twin Falls, Idaho 83301
821 W. Idaho Street
Boise, ID 83702
M-F: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sat: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Parking is available in the Eastman Garage located above the VandalStore with entrances on both Idaho and Main Street.
Traditional Student: It's Not Just About A Traditional Classroom Anymore
When you refer to “traditional” education, you are more than likely referring to what a majority of us consider “traditional” education. But University of Idaho professor John Cannon, “I would beg to differ,” sees it much differently.
“We are just as traditional. The courses aren’t the traditional sit in rows of desks, we don’t do that. But we do help students further their education by getting a higher degree or getting them out into the workforce.”
Cannon prepares secondary and post-secondary teachers who specialize in programs based around professional-technical education (PTE). The topics his students teach in either high school or college programs range from health occupations to auto mechanics.
“We are preparing teachers to prepare their students for the skills necessary for the global workforce,” explains Cannon. “Most are taking non-degree programs.”
The former high school teacher, baseball coach and FFA advisor started his teaching career in an Illinois High School.
“They started as a freshman, and it was great to watch their young minds grow and learn during the developing stages, then leave as a senior.”
After several years, Cannon set his sights on furthering his education “I wanted to go to the next level. My brother has his PhD and it was one of those things…he had it, so I was interested.”
Cannon earned his doctorate at Virginia Tech, made a quick stop in Ohio, finally landing in Idaho.
“It was a great move. I enjoyed the adventure of moving three quarters of the way across the country. I am getting used to being where it is sunny in the summer and a lack of snow in the winter,” says Cannon. “No no, I have not experienced a tough winter yet and I have not experienced a tough summer yet.”
Cannon says his students, current teachers, bring a different level of learning to his classes. They are looking for more, and wanting the necessary knowledge to help their students successfully move into the global workforce.
“They [his students] are bringing in the experience of industry from their careers and we provide them the course work and training to be a teacher.”
FYI: I bet you don’t know a professor who had a former president visit his family’s farm. Well Cannon did. Before Abraham Lincoln became the 16th President of the United States, he made a visited to the Cannon family farm when he was on riding Illinois judicial circuit to investigate a murder at the neighboring homestead.