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FFA Advisors


Joesph Martin

Courses: Foundations of Agriculture and Industrial Technology, Ag Engineering, Ag Fabrications

SAEs: Swine Production & Ag Mechanics

CDE/LDE: Creed, Ag Welding and Ag Fabrication


All the way from Gustine, California in the fertile Central Valley, Mr. Martin in his 14th year of teaching but now in his 9th year as an advisor for Hollister FFA. His family consists of his wife, Erin, and daughter, Samantha, and son, Joseph. Mr. Martin showed and raised large animals including sheep, hogs and cattle. Here at Hollister High School, he teaches in the Ag Mechanics department including Ag Fab. Being an advisor, he coaches the Welding CDE team as well as speech competitions and upcoming conferences.

Courses: Biology and Sustainable Agriculture, Environmental Horticulture 

SAEs: Swine Production & Ag Mechanics

LDE: Creed 

CDE: Ag Welding 

Emily Herzog

Courses: Biology and Sustainable Agriculture, Environmental Horticulture, Plant Production Management, Chemistry and Agriscience

SAEs: Beef Production, Plant Science

CDE/LDE: Creed, El Credo de FFA, Extemporaneous, & Vegetable Judging

This is Ms. Herzog’s first year teaching at Hollister High School and in her career. She is from Calexico, California where she got to be involved in her local high school’s FFA chapter. When Ms. Herzog was in FFA she was extremely involved with all leadership opportunities that became available to her. This drove her passion for agriculture and lead her to attend Cal Poly SLO to study Dairy Science. After volunteering for different FFA events in college Ms. Herzog realized her true passion was in agriculture education. Ms. Herzog is excited to work with the members this year!


Chelsi Soares

Courses: Floriculture, Advanced Floral Design, Chemistry & Agriscience, Interdisciplinary Science in Sustainable Agriculture Honors

SAEs: Goat Production, Poultry Production, Floral 

CDE/LDE: Job Interview & Floral Judging 

Mrs. Soares hails from Cow Town, USA (or better known as Tulare, CA), where she was involved in the local 4-H and FFA programs. Being raised on a dairy sparked her love of agriculture and dairy cattle, where she showed holstein heifers for seven years. After high school, Mrs. Soares attended Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and graduated with both her Bachelor’s Degree (in Agriculture Sciences) and Master’s Degree (in Agriculture Education). Mrs. Soares is in her eighth year of teaching and enjoys coaching the job interview team and working with flowers. She enjoys doing hands-on activities with students in the classroom and traveling for FFA events.

Grace Erickson

Courses: Chemistry & Agriscience, Veterinary Science, Animal Science, Ag Communication & Leadership

SAEs: Sheep Production, Rabbit Production

CDE/LDE: Impromptu, Prepared, & Livestock Judging


Mrs. Grace Erickson is a native of Hollister and is excited to once again be a Haybaler. She earned her degrees from UC Davis and teaches Chemistry & Agriscience, Animal Science and Veterinary Science. She is also excited to coach the Livestock Judging Team.

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