The story of Al Skalicky begins August 5th, 1958 at St. Johns hospital in Springfield, MO. He and his younger brother Francis grew up on his parent’s small dairy farm on the outskirts of Bolivar, where a myriad of barn cats and working dogs kept them company as they grew up.
Albert and Mary taught their sons that the keys to a good life were simple: Work hard, respect other people, and help others when they were in need. There was plenty of hard to do on a dairy farm, and as a result Al grew up with a love of farming, farm animals, and agriculture in general.
Al is a product of the Public School system, graduating from Bolivar High School in 1976. He took a year off of school and worked while deciding what he wanted to do with the rest of his life. He knew early on that being a farmer wasn’t the right path for him, but he didn’t want to stray too far from his roots. That’s when he decided that he wanted to be a teacher; he wanted to instill his love of agriculture in the coming generations.
He met his wife, Gail, while teaching at Bolivar High School. They’ve been together for 33 years now. During that time, they had two sons: Jonathan and Christopher, who are both pursuing their own careers and lives.
Al began his post-secondary education at the University of Missouri-Columbia. He pursued a bachelor’s degree in education and then a Master’s degree. He then went on to gain an Education Specialists degree from the University of Missouri.
People are a reflection of where they live, and how they choose to spend their time. Al grew up in a tight-knit community where hard work was rewarded, and a neighbor in need got help. So here are a few things that Al Skalicky believes in:
A hard day’s work
Al Skalicky is a reflection of his community; a community he helped build through years of teaching. He taught at Bolivar High School for 31 years as an Ag teacher, and spent 3 years as a principal. While teaching Agriculture classes, he was an FFA Advisor.
After retiring from teaching, he got his real estate license and started driving a bus, while maintaining his own personal farm with a herd of cattle.
Al has spent his life focused on improving lives. That’s why he’s running for State Senator for the 28th district.