As an agricultural educator, Danny Brooks has left an indelible mark on his community through 29 years of service. Brooks earned his Associate Degree from Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, his Bachelor’s from the University of Georgia, and his Master’s from Clemson University. He taught at Leslie High School from 1970-1971, then served his country for a year and a half as a Specialist 4th Class in the United States Army. After his service, he began teaching at Habersham Central High School, where he taught from 1973-2001.
Brooks was actively involved in the FFA and agricultural education program far before his career began though. He was President of the Cherokee County FFA in high school, and earned his Greenhand, Chapter, and Georgia Planter Degrees. In college, he was President of the GAFFAU Club and a representative on Ag. Hill Council. He was also selected as a member of Alpha Zeta and AGHON, agricultural honor societies, and was elected President of AGHON in 1969.
After moving to Habersham Central, Brooks received his Honorary Chapter Degree in 1979, and became a member of GVATA. His chapter won the 1977 BOAC Award, and one of his students was elected to state FFA office. Through the years, 40 of his students earned their Georgia FFA Degree. Brooks himself was honored for his work with an Honorary American FFA Degree in 2002. He has been a member of the Habersham County FFA Alumni since 2001 and the Northeast Georgia Retired Ag Teachers Association since 2006, also serving as Treasurer.
Brooks’ influence reaches well beyond the classroom, or even the FFA program. Brooks has served as a Sunday School Teacher at Mt. Zion UMC since 1980, a Board Trustee since 1985, and a Lay Leader for the Gainesville District since 1985. He is a member of the Habersham County Farm Bureau Board of Directors, and was elected Vice-President for 2009-2010. He was Vice-President of the Northeast Georgia Cattlemen’s Association in 2002 and President from 2003-2007. He has been a part of helping influence state agricultural policy as a part of the Georgia Farm Bureau State Horticulture Commodity Committee, working as Chairman from 2005-2009 and Vice President in 2004. He was also on the Georgia Farm Bureau Policy Development Committee from 2002-2009 and the Georgia Pecan Commodity Committee in 2009-2010. Additionally, he was a part of the 2007 Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.
Clearly, Brooks has become an integral part of his community, and retirement has not stopped his involvement in agriculture. Whether through the success and legacy he has left with his students, or through his continued contributions to agriculture in Georgia, Danny Brooks has truly made a mark on agricultural education.