Welcome Unaka High School

Mr. Joshua Armentrout-Instructor

 Dana Grindstaff-Assistant

Agriculture 423-474-4119

email: josharmentrout@k12tn.net

Planning Period: 11:30-1:30

Call between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. to schedule an animal for processing or for questions.


My name is Joshua Armentrout and I am im my 3rd year of teaching.  I have an undergraduate degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Mgmt from Lincoln Memorial University.  I am currently completing my Masters of Agriculture Education and Leadership at University of Tennessee Martin.  I am married with a newborn baby boy.  I was born and raised in on our family farm where we still grow tobacco, commercial bale hay, and beef cattle.

The Unaka High School Agriculture program is the only one of its kind in the state. We offer a meat science program which is intended to prepare students for a career as a butcher or can also be used to prepare for college. Agriscience is taught as a prerequisite to meat science and can be used as a science credit. We also have an active FFA program and participate in many different activities throughout the year.

The following classes are included in Agriculture Education Program of Study:

 Agriscience (HQ)-Agriscience is a laboratory science course that prepares students for biology, subsequent science courses and postsecondary pursuits. The content area includes ecology, biological processes, sexual and asexual reproduction and a study of the chemical and physical laws that govern life processes. This course helps students understand the important role agricultural science serves as industry moves into the 21st century.

Agricultural Sales and Marketing-The course introduces students to the different types of agricultural businesses found in local communities and the skills businesses are looking for in employees. Students will enhance skills and techniques utilized in agricultural Sales and Marketing agreements to meet the needs of consumers and employers.

Principles of Meat Science- This course introduces students to the various career opportunities in the meat science industry, as well as the skills needed in the agriculture industry.  Students will evaluate and demonstrate the required skills for the slaughter and fabrication of a variety of animals, the appropriate handling, storage and preparation methods for meat processing, and the expected requirements by the United States Department of Agriculture USDA during a facility inspection.