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Chip Bridges leaving Georgia Ag Ed to return to classroom

Georgia Agriculture Education Program Manager Chip Bridges is stepping down at the end of June to return to his roots.

Bridges, who has headed the Ag Ed program for the past nine years, oversaw a period of unprecedented growth in the state’s FFA membership, which at the end of the 2017-18 school year had surpassed 42,000 statewide. His last day on the job is June 29.

From there, Bridges is returning to Lumpkin County, where he began his career as an ag teacher 29 years ago. He has agreed to become the ag instructor at Lumpkin County High School.

“That’s an exciting change for me,” Bridges said. “I’ve been in ag education for 29 years so I’m going to get to finish up my career where I started it.”

Bridges said he taught at LCHS for eight years before moving to Stephens County High School, where he stayed another eight years before joining the Georgia Department of Education in 2005. He worked in the North Region Office for four years and has spent the last nine years as program manager.

“I’ve already had several students from my first go-round there call me and tell me I’ll be teaching their children,” Bridges said. “It’s going to give me a chance to have day-to-day contact with students that I haven’t had in a few years.”