For the past five years, Louis Batista has served as one of Dairy Council of California’s Mobile Dairy Classroom instructors, providing educational assemblies to students, families and communities throughout Los Angeles and San Bernardino
counties. In this role, he is able to combine his love of agriculture and education to teach ag literacy, the importance of eating nutritious foods, and how to build healthy eating habits for lifelong health.
Raising and caring for farm animals has been an integral part of Louis’ life, as he grew up on a farm. He is part of a large, loving family and was raised alongside his 90-plus first cousins, many of whom are in the agricultural business themselves. Farm life provided Louis with firsthand knowledge, experience and insight into the importance of agriculture in supporting healthy children, families and communities. In addition to fostering a love for animals, it taught him how to appreciate hard work and the value of learning and passing on knowledge, which is why he earned his teaching credential.
While Louis loves teaching and motivating children, he also wants to share both his love for agriculture and his agricultural expertise, which is why he became a Mobile Dairy Classroom instructor at Dairy Council of California. In this role, he gets to provide children with an agricultural experience while teaching them ag literacy and inspiring healthier eating choices at home and in the school cafeteria.
Louis earned his B.S. in Kinesiology and his teaching credential in physical education from California State University, Fullerton.
The true test of a man's character is what he does when no one is watching. —John Wooden
For over 25 years, Rhoads has served as Dairy Council of California’s office coordinator and database technician.