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As part of the ongoing commitment and collaboration between NAAE and National FFA, attend one of the teacher or student workshops aimed at building cultural competency and creating inclusive spaces put on by Millennium Learning Concepts. Millennium Learning Concepts is a consulting and training firm headed by Dr. Roger Cleveland. Dr. Roger Cleveland has been at the forefront of equity and inclusion for over a decade. He has facilitated the activities of high school diversity clubs, served as a diversity adviser, and as a moderator and presenter at over 85 various conferences promoting diversity, equity and inclusion. Dr. Cleveland is currently a full professor in the School of Education at Kentucky State University and serves as the Director, Center for Research on the Eradication of Educational Disparities (CREED).

 

Wednesday October 30 
10:30-11:30am Diversity does not mean deficit, just difference (Room 134-136) 
10:30-11:30am Do you see what I see? Implicit Bias in Schools (Room 140) 
2:00-3:00pm Cultural Competency 101 (Room 140) 
3:30-4:30pm Is what I said, what I meant? Cross-cultural communication (Room 134-136)

Thursday, October 31
9:00-10:00am Building Student Leaders to lead tough conversations. (Room 134-136) 
12:00-1:00pm Diversity does not mean deficit. It means difference. (Room 134-136) 
1:30-2:30pm Do you see what I see? Implicit Bias in schools. (Room 140) 
3:00-4:00pm Is what I said, what I meant? Cross-cultural communication. (Room 134-136)

Friday, November 1
9:00-10:00am Building student leaders to lead tough conversations. (Room 134-136) 
12:00-1:00pm Diversity does not mean deficit. It's just difference. (Room 134-136) 
12:00-1:00pm Cultural Competency 101 (Room 140) 

Professional Development opportunity for all teachers through a collaborative project of NAAE and the CHS Foundation.
Build your classroom resources 
October 31, 2019 
10:30 – 11:45 a.m. My Local Cooperative: Education. Community. Agriculture (Room 143) Engage your students in the latest NAAE instructional module based on agriculture cooperatives. The activity-based modules will guide students through understanding how a cooperative business works, defining the benefits of cooperatives in the community, cooperative career opportunities and running a mock cooperative business. All teacher attendees are eligible for a $100 cooperative field trip or cooperative teaching materials grant. 

Your journey as an ag teacher is a lifetime filled with learning, excitement, and growth for you, your students, and the future of agriculture. That is why it is absolutely the
 BEST. CAREER. EVER.

 

Never Stop Living the Dream

This month we get to meet Greg Schneider, agriculture teacher at Greensburg Community High School, in Indiana. As Greg wraps up his career, he has some words of advice for those who are just beginning their journey to become ag teachers. 

 

Celebrate National Teach Ag Day

Join us for our LIVE Teach Ag Day celebration on Thursday, September 19th! Our festivities will begin at 11am EDT, so check out the Teach Ag website to follow along, find some great ways to engage with us & celebrate the BEST. CAREER. EVER!!!!

 
 
 

"I love every aspect of agriculture and I want to keep its importance alive."
-MaKayla Rose

 

Meet MaKayla!

Teach Ag Ambassador Spotlight

Each year the National Teach Ag Campaign selects an elite group of preservice agriculture teachers to represent the future of ag education.

This month, we are featuring MaKayla Rose, a Senior at Morehead State University, majoring in agricultural education. 

Follow the link below to learn about her mission to reach non-traditional agriculture students and her advice for future ag ed majors, and to find out why Morehead State is a great option for pursuing a degree in ag education.

 

#TeachAg on Twitter

 
 
 
 

Mark Your Calendar!

 
 
 
 

Contact Us

Ellen Thompson
Project Director
ethompson.naae@uky.edu
605-350-3842

Andrea Fristoe
Program Manager
afristoe.naae@uky.edu
800-509-0204

 
 

The National Teach Ag Campaign is a project of the National Council for Agricultural Education, led by the National Association of Agricultural Educators. For more information, visit the Teach Ag website. Funding for the National Teach Ag Campaign is provided by the CHS Foundation, Corteva Agriscience™, BASF, Herman & Bobbie Wilson, and Growth Energy, as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.

 

Totally Acceptable. . . . 

  1. To join the National Teach Ag Day celebration by viewing the live webcast on Thursday, September 19th,
  2. To use the #Tagged19 Graphic Organizer in your classroom as you follow along with the National Teach Ag Day live webcast,
  3. To cast your vote in the Teach Ag Day Commercial Contest by viewing the video submissions and helping the university's video you love the most get the most views by Thursday, September 19th,
  4. To tag a future agriculture teacher with our printable CONGRATS CARD
  5. To use the National Teach Ag Day ready-to-use social media graphics and ads to help spread the word of the BEST. CAREER. EVER!
 
 

My Corner of the World

We're a  month in to the new school year for most. How is your desk looking so far?  For Kelse Brown, agriculture teacher at Eastern Lebanon County School District, in Pennsylvania, it's ready to roll for his first group of students!

 
 

Want Your Picture in New Teacher News???
Send a high-quality picture of your desk (or your colleague's desk) to Andrea Fristoe & look for your picture in an upcoming edition!

 

Ag Teacher Hack

Getting ready for National FFA Convention?
Check out the FFA Advisor's Trading Post

2019 NATIONAL FFA CONVENTION TRADING POST
The trading post has two sheets (located at the bottom), one that is used for items needed and one that is used for offering to sell. Additionally, each one has a color coded system used to highlight items that are pending approval or have already been sold. Please use this system correctly to avoid confusion. Follow this link to access the Trading Post.

Thank you Riley Hintzsche, agriculture teacher at Streator Township High School, Illinois for the information!

This idea was posted on the  Ag Education Discussion Lab Facebook page.

Share Your Ag Teacher Hack!
Have a great idea or tip that is your "go to" in the classroom? Share it with us! Contact Andrea Fristoe and look for your Ag Teacher Hack in an upcoming edition of New Teacher News!

 

Stay Inspired!

 

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Before You Go. . . 

Our First Hidden Hero Talks About How She Empowers Her Students
Veronica Sanders, an agriculture teacher at Warner Robins High School, is the first Hidden Hero for Positively 478 and The Telegraph, and she tells her secret to being awesome.

 

Mark Your Calendar!

 

 

 
 
 
 

Contact Us

Ellen Thompson
Project Director
ethompson.naae@uky.edu
605-350-3842

Andrea Fristoe
Program Manager
afristoe.naae@uky.edu
800-509-0204

 
 

The National Teach Ag Campaign is a project of the National Council for Agricultural Education, led by the National Association of Agricultural Educators. For more information, visit the Teach Ag website. Funding for the National Teach Ag Campaign is provided by the CHS Foundation, Corteva Agriscience™, Growth Energy, and BASF as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.

This post is part of the September 2019 Teach Ag Times e-newsletter.

 

Teaching agriculture is the BEST. CAREER. EVER. This month, meet Greg Schneider, an agriculture teacher who has been in the classroom for 29 years. Find out how he has developed personally and professionally and get some great advice to use as you embark on your own #TeachAg journey.

 

Q:  What schools have you taught at?

A:  Greensburg Community High School, Greensburg, IN (August, 2015 - Present)
Southwestern High School, Hanover, IN (August, 1991 - August 2015)

 

Q: How long have you been teaching agriculture?
A:  This year make year number 29.

 

Q:  What is your favorite class/topic to teach?
A:  Animal Science and Natural Resource Management

 

Q:  Which universities did you receive your teaching degrees from?
A:  BS - Western Kentucky University,1990
MS - Indiana University Southeast, 1998

 

Q:  What has been the most difficult challenge you have had to overcome as an ag teacher?
A:  As an agriculture teacher, time is your most precious resource and agriculture teacher responsibilities extend well beyond the school day. Maintaining a work/life balance is a constant challenge. There is an axiom in education: “Teachers can’t fill their students' cups if their own pitcher is empty.” Be sure to take time for yourself!

 

Q:  What has been the most rewarding part of being an ag teacher?

A:  The most rewarding part of being an ag teacher is being a part of students' lives well beyond graduation. Some students maintain steady contact and become important program supporters. Some of my most rewarding conversations start with a 40-something year old adult coming up to me and asking, “Mr. Schneider, do you remember me?” You just never realize the true impact you have on the lives of your students...and the impact your students have on you!

 

Q:  What has been your most memorable experience as an ag teacher?

A:  This is a hard question to answer as there are many memorable experiences. The best experiences are those in which students are able to develop the confidence necessary to step outside their comfort zones and they grow right before your eyes. Those are definitely “Proud Teacher” moments that I will always cherish and remember.

 

Q:  What is the best piece of advice you can give an aspiring ag teacher?

A:  Plan on giving any occupation, especially teaching, at least three years before deciding if it is the right fit for you. The first year you will just try to keep your head above water; the second year you will begin to make tweaks and figure out what works for you; and the third year you will make the job your own. That said, never teach the same year twice. Keep your content and teaching strategies vibrant and ever-changing.

 

Interested in learning more about the BEST.CAREER.EVER? Follow this linkto the Teach Ag website to learn more about how you can begin your path to making a positive difference in the lives of students and their communities each and ever day!

 

It's the beginning of a brand new school year. Whether you are wrapping up your last year of high school, beginning your journey to Teach Ag as an undergrad, or starting your career as an ag teacher, we are excited for you to join the ag ed family and the
 BEST. CAREER. EVER.

 

Gear Up for Another Great School Year in Ag Education!

This month we get to meet Rebekka Paskewitz, senior agricultural education major at South Dakota State University. Rebekka is getting ready to wrap up her undergraduate studies and soon begin her student teaching experience. Follow the link below to learn more about her and what she is looking forward to as she begins this new chapter in her ag education journey!

 

Celebrate National Teach Ag Day

Join us for our LIVE Teach Ag Day celebration on Thursday, September 19th! Our festivities will begin at 11am EDT, so check out the Teach Ag website to follow along, find some great ways to engage with us & celebrate the BEST. CAREER. EVER!!!!

 
 

"Get out and get to know the profession. No two classrooms, schools, or teachers are the same, so don’t make your decision based on one. Most teachers have created their own blend of the things they do by doing the same thing."
-Gabby Power

 

Meet Gabby!

Teach Ag Ambassador Spotlight

Each year the National Teach Ag Campaign selects an elite group of preservice agriculture teachers to represent the future of ag education.

This month, we are featuring Gabby Power, a Senior at Southwest Minnesota State University, majoring in agricultural education. 

Follow the link below to see how she inspires students to learn, her advice for future ag ed majors, and to find out why SMSU is a great option for pursuing a degree in ag education.

 
 

#TeachAg on Twitter

 
 
 
 

Mark Your Calendar!

 
 
 
 
 

Contact Us

Ellen Thompson
Project Director
ethompson.naae@uky.edu
605-350-3842

Andrea Fristoe
Program Manager
afristoe.naae@uky.edu
800-509-0204

 
 

The National Teach Ag Campaign is a project of the National Council for Agricultural Education, led by the National Association of Agricultural Educators. For more information, visit the Teach Ag website. Funding for the National Teach Ag Campaign is provided by the CHS Foundation, Corteva Agriscience™, BASF, Herman & Bobbie Wilson, and Growth Energy, as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.

This post is part of the August 2019 Teach Ag Times e-newsletter. 

 

It is August and for most of that it means a brand new beginning to a brand new school year. Whether you are wrapping up your high school years, starting your journey to become an ag teacher, or beginning your career as an ag teacher -- the new school year brings excitement and fun for everyone involved in ag education. This month, meet Rebekka Paskewitz, a senior agricultural education major at South Dakota State University, who will soon be starting her student teaching journey and inching closer to beginning her career as an ag teacher.

 

Q:  When will you be student teaching? 

A:  I will be student teaching in the spring of 2020. 

 

Q:  Where will you be student teaching?

A:  Sibley East High School, in Arlington, Minnesota

 

Q:  Who are your cooperating teachers?

A:  Tim Uhlenkamp and Stephanie Brandt

 

Q:  What inspired you to be an ag teacher?

A:  For so many high school classmates and friends, the agriculture program was our home away from home -- it was a place of belonging and advised by a teacher and mentor who knew we were capable of much more than we believed was possible. After "catching the bug" for #TeachAg throughout my FFA experience, I realized that this sense of belonging and source of motivation is exactly what I wanted to provide to someone else in the future. I'm sure my graduating class would agree that the ag program was where I spent most of my high school days. I'm now excited to continue that tradition as an ag teacher. 

 

Q:  What are you looking forward to most about student teaching?

A:  I'm looking forward to working in and learning from the communities that build Sibley East. From the time I became involved in my hometown's agriculture program, I developed an appreciation for the relationships that can be built and grow between our programs and communities. This type of mutual support is what elevates a program and has laid a firm foundation for our profession.

 

 

 

Q:  What is your favorite class to teach currently?

A:  Ag Leadership or Ag Business

 

Q:  Describe your teaching philosophy.

A:  I wholeheartedly believe that every student has a story worth knowing, characteristics worth respecting, and skills worth honing. As a teacher, I am committed to empowering my students to work hard for what they value, speak and act honestly in their pursuits, and make informed decisions as consumers and contributors to our world.

 

Q:  What is your “go-to” for lesson planning help and inspiration?

A:  Over the years, I have developed many connections with agricultural educators and professionals in their fields. These people are my first phone calls when I need ideas or edits to my classroom preparations. I hope that through my teaching experience these relationships grow and I am able to provide the same support and inspiration to fellow teachers.

 

Q:  What has been the most beneficial teaching tip/ideas you have learned so far?

A:  The best advice I've received is to admit your mistakes. Students will relate much more to someone who acknowledges they aren't perfect and are willing to learn from their students.

 

Are you excited about your journey in ag education? Make sure to celebrate National Teach Ag Day on September 19th! Click here for more information and begin your celebration preparations today!

 

 

Totally Acceptable. . . . 

  1. To have an epic National Teach Ag Day Celebration planned for September 19th!
  2. To check out the Teach Ag Day Media Kit and get ready to celebrate on September 19th,
  3. To use the Teach Ag Day Ads to promote your ag program and the whole #AgEdu family,
  4. To participate in the National Teach Ag Day Commercial Contest & showcase your ag program or institution!
  5. To contact Andrea Fristoe about placing an order for a Teach Ag Kit or two!
 

My Corner of the World

Welcome back to a new school year! How is your desk looking so far?  For Chad Lewis, agriculture teacher at Mt. Juliet High School, in Tennessee, it's a brand new school year in his first-ever classroom!

 
 

Want Your Picture in New Teacher News???
Send a high-quality picture of your desk (or your colleague's desk) to Andrea Fristoe & look for your picture in an upcoming edition!

 

Ag Teacher Hack

Looking for classroom decor ideas? Have some leftover chapter t-shirts?

T-Shirt Inspiration for the Classroom
Display your leftover t-shirts from the past few years in your classroom to add some color and inspiration to your classroom environment!

Thank you Sarah Lewis Randall, agriculture teacher at Eudora Schools, Kansas for such an awesome idea!

This idea was posted on the  Ag Education Discussion Lab Facebook page.

Share Your Ag Teacher Hack!
Have a great idea or tip that is your "go to" in the classroom? Share it with us! Contact Andrea Fristoe and look for your Ag Teacher Hack in an upcoming edition of New Teacher News!

 

Stay Inspired!

 

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  • Low rates for professional liability insurance upgrades — $35 for $1 million coverage; $50 for $2 million coverage. Upgrades include valuable job protection benefits that provide legal support if you're subject to termination, reassignment, demotion or suspension.
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Before You Go. . . 

Celebrate 10 Years of Teach Ag!
This year's National Teach Ag Day is a celebration of a decade of our recruitment and retention efforts. Make sure to join us for our live festivities on Thursday, September 19th beginning at 11am EDT and share the positive impact agricultural education has made in your life!

 

Mark Your Calendar!

 

 

 

 
 
 
 

Contact Us

Ellen Thompson
Project Director
ethompson.naae@uky.edu
605-350-3842

Andrea Fristoe
Program Manager
afristoe.naae@uky.edu
800-509-0204

 
 

The National Teach Ag Campaign is a project of the National Council for Agricultural Education, led by the National Association of Agricultural Educators. For more information, visit the Teach Ag website. Funding for the National Teach Ag Campaign is provided by the CHS Foundation, Corteva Agriscience™, Growth Energy, and BASF as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.

Name: Alli Abadir       

University: University of Missouri

Home State: Missouri

Year in School: Junior

High School Agriculture Program: Columbia High School

 

Why did you decide to become an agriculture teacher?  I decided to pursue a career in agricultural education because I want to share the uniqueness agriculture can bring to the table. Agriculture is incredibly diverse, and I believe each student can find their niche in the agriculture classroom somewhere. Agriculture is unique as students can take classes and pursue careers in a multitude of different industries. Agricultural education is also special as it values and promotes career exploration, hands-on learning, and leadership development.

 

What are you looking forward to most about teaching?  As a future teacher, I am most looking forward to helping students consider a career in the agricultural industry. Agriculture has the mass responsibility of feeding the world and I am excited to help create the next generation of agriculturalists, farmers, scientists, and entrepreneurs. I am looking forward to watching each student find which sector of agriculture they are passionate about and making a difference and improvements in that area of agriculture.

 

Why is your university the best place to pursue a degree in agricultural education?  The University of Missouri is a great place to pursue a degree in agricultural education. Through the help of amazing advisors in the agricultural education department, each student has the opportunity to acquire a solid foundation of communication and leadership skills. Students also obtain agricultural knowledge while earning an agricultural education degree from Mizzou’s College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources. Also, 87% of eligible applicants receive scholarships from the college of agriculture.

 

What has been your most rewarding experience as an ag ed major so far?  The most rewarding experience as an agricultural education major is having the opportunity to share the importance of agricultural education with others. Through state conventions, camps, and workshops I have the chance to help students celebrate the importance of agricultural education and recruit the next generation of agriculture teachers.

 

Advice for someone considering ag ed??? Remember your “why.” Why did you first think about becoming an agriculture teacher? Whether it was because you are passionate about teaching youth, advocating for agriculture, or many other things, go back to what motivates you and follow your passion. Personally, what drives and motivates me to continue following a career in agricultural education is my future students. Each endeavor I undertake in college and in life is to craft myself to be a better future teacher for my students someday. Teaching agriculture is also an incredibly rewarding career as it gives you the opportunity to touch and change many lives.

 

The number one thing you must do in college is:  Try new things! As agriculture teachers we are given the challenge of teaching a variety of subjects and it is important to take each opportunity possible to further educate ourselves in different sectors of agriculture.

 

Favorite hobby:  Showing livestock!

Quote that inspires me:  “You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending.” – C.S. Lewis

 

Name: Brittney Beck

University: University of Arkansas

Home State: Arkansas

Year in School: Senior

High School Agriculture Program: Greenbrier High School

 

Why did you decide to become an agriculture teacher? My high school agriculture program changed my life drastically, making me into the person that I am today. It taught me responsibility, life lessons, and gave me so many opportunities over the years. I want to become an ag teacher to impact the lives of students and give them the same opportunities I was given in high school.

 

What are you looking forward to most about teaching? Making an impact in students' lives and helping them see and reach their full potential.

 

Why is your university the best place to pursue a degree in agricultural education? The University of Arkansas provides so much hands-on experience and research. We have the most amazing faculty, best traditions and atmosphere, and most importantly we are a family. Plus, who doesn't love daily food like donut Wednesday and getting their name added to the over four mile long sidewalk. 

 

What has been your most rewarding experience as an ag ed major so far? Being a judge at several contests and getting to work with FFA members.

 

Advice for someone considering ag ed? Do it; you are cultivating the future leaders of tomorrow!

 

The number one thing you must do in college is: Get involved with clubs and take every opportunity you get.

 

Favorite hobby: Traveling

 

Quote that inspires me: "Do what you can, with what you have, where you are!"

 

Name: Courtney Wiedenmann

University: Oklahoma State University

Home State: Illinois

Year in School: Senior

High School Agriculture Program: Orion High School

 

Why did you decide to become an agriculture teacher?  The events which helped me decide to become an agriculture teacher occurred when I coached numerous horse judging teams. I enjoyed teaching these members and witnessing the “light bulb” moments.   

 

What are you looking forward to most about teaching?  I am looking forward to providing students critical life skills and watching how they apply them to their future endeavors. I will encourage my students to apply their classroom knowledge and skills to agriculture labs in addition to maintaining a Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) project. 

 

Why is your university the best place to pursue a degree in agricultural education? I transferred to Oklahoma State University (OSU) in fall 2018 and was immediately accepted with open arms. The department offers extra courses to assist with developing your skills as a future agricultural education instructor. Some of these courses include parliamentary procedure, Microsoft Office for future agricultural education instructors, and planning and conducting agricultural youth activities (in which you serve as student superintendent for one of the state LDE or CDE contests).  The department also offers the opportunity to participate in study abroad trips, such as traveling to the Czech Republic.  These opportunities and experiences exemplify the success OSU professors and teaching assistants want for each student within the OSU ag ed department. 

 

What has been your most rewarding experience as an ag ed major so far?  My most rewarding experience so far was coaching FFA horse judging teams. These teams sparked my interest in an education major due to teaching practices and seeing their successes both at contests and within the equine industry. 

 

Advice for someone considering ag ed? My advice for someone considering an ag ed major is pursuing opportunities to learn more about the agricultural industry. For example, taking an extra animal science class to broaden your knowledge about a species you have minimal exposure to.  This will assist you with learning about their industry and help you teach a future lesson.

 

The number one thing you must do in college is: Get involved on campus! Join leadership and community service organizations and do not be afraid of running for an officer position. You will also meet other students within your major and form friendships that will last a lifetime.

 

Favorite hobby: Horseback Riding

 

Quote that inspires me: "Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard." -Kevin Durant

 

Name: Faydra Lackey
University: North Carolina State University
Home State: North Carolina
Year in School: Sophmore

High School Agriculture Program: West Craven High School

 

Why did you decide to become an agriculture teacher? I decided to be an agriculture teacher because I loved learning about all of the aspects of agriculture and grew up in an ag-centered family. I have seen first-hand at my high school how many people are uneducated about agriculture and want to be a part of the change. I was very involved in my FFA program in high school and as an officer. I loved seeing the members of our chapter grow as leaders. Both of my ag teachers in high school were key to helping me realize my passion for teaching others about agriculture.

 

What are you looking forward to most about teaching? I am looking forward most to seeing my students grow as leaders and help them obtain the best experiences and opportunities.

 

Why is your university the best place to pursue a degree in agricultural education?

North Carolina State University promotes diversity and inclusion and has the motto “Think and Do.” Through many clubs and classes, the students are given opportunities to network and be prepared for the workforce. I personally have found my place in the ag program with just being at NC State for one semester in the Spring Connection program. The teachers and other students have really made me feel like I belong and have given me an equal opportunity for success. NC State has approximately 2,099 acres of land used for research, growing crops, and raising livestock. This gives students the opportunity for hands-on learning and to be able to experience when they speak to their future students about their first-hand experiences in the agriculture industry. This past spring I was given the opportunity through the Animal Science Club to train and show a year-old dairy heifer for the club day. Going three days a week for two hours really gave me a break from the stress of classes because I was where I love to be -- outside and with animals. This experience I will always have in my memories and will be able to teach my students how to show animals because I have the first-hand experience of showing livestock animals. Also, NC State hosts a Farm Animal Day event where thousands of children and parents come out to the NCSU Beef Unity in Raleigh, NC to learn about livestock and the agriculture industry. Students volunteer to work shifts to teach the people coming in about agriculture. This is another experience that I have had that has better prepared me for my degree in agriculture. The opportunities that NC State provides is abundant and the faculty and staff are very helpful and are interested in each student to think and do the extraordinary.

 

What has been your most rewarding experience as an ag ed major so far?  So far my most rewarding experience is going to the Governor Morehead festival with the NCSU College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. We held a festival at the Governor Morehead School of the Blind to teach the students at the school about agriculture. Each club in the college had a booth at the festival. At my booth with the Agricultural and Extension Education Club, we taught the students about the parts of a flower through a hands-on craft where they made a flower out of tissue paper, egg crate, and pipe cleaners. This was my most rewarding experience as an ag ed major because seeing the excitement on their faces because we not only cared about them enough to have the festival, but also work with them individually to make their very only flower craft and learn about the parts of a flower.

 

Advice for someone considering ag ed?  Teaching ag is rewarding because you have multiple aspects of a career. You get to teach students about an industry that feeds the world, you get to lead students in community outreach, you get to make a difference in students' lives, you get to be outside with plants and animals, as well as inside teaching students. Teaching ag gives you the opportunity to make a difference in students' lives and that is something that can change the world. 

The number one thing you must do in college is:  The number one thing you must do in college is participate in campus activities. College is stressful, that is no secret, but building relationships with students with the same interests as you helps make your college experience memorable and fun! The best way to find people with similar interests is to go to club meetings. College is about getting out of your comfort zone and learning things.

 

Favorite hobby: Knitting and going on walking trails.

 

Quote that inspires me:  “If life knocks you down, try to land on your back. Because if you can look up, you can get up. And if you get up, you can stand up. And if you stand up, you can fight for your dream once again. You have something special. You have GREATNESS within you!” -Les Brown

 

Name: Joseph Brock

University: University of Kentucky

Grade level: Junior

Home state: Kentucky

High school Ag program: Jessamine County

 

Why did you decide to become an agriculture teacher?  I decided to be an ag teacher because of the experiences I had in high school with my best friend. We were both from non-traditional backgrounds and decided to sign up for Principles of Agriculture together. It was our first class on our first day of high school. From then on we both started becoming more involved and learning all that we could about the agriculture industry. My knowledge of agriculture has changed my life and I want to have the same impact on students that my ag teachers had on my best friend and me.

 

What are you looking forward to most about teaching?  I’m looking forward to a lot of aspects of teaching and having my own classroom. The thing I’m looking forward to most is mentoring and inspiring students. In agricultural education there are many opportunities to learn outside of the classroom and I want to take those opportunities to be candid with my students in talking about life and uplifting them to overcome the obstacles that they’re facing.

 

Why is your university the best place to pursue a degree in agricultural education?  The University of Kentucky is an excellent place to study agricultural education because the community here is tight knit where everyone knows everyone and we place a great deal of emphasis on inclusion of all students. We share ideas on everything from curriculum writing to service learning in youth organizations. We also have plenty of fun times and laughs in our Agricultural Education Society meetings which every student in the major is part of since they pay our dues as well as our dues into NAAE (National Association of Agricultural Educators).

 

What has been your most rewarding experience as an ag ed major so far?  So far the most rewarding experience as an ag ed major has been doing observations with my cooperating teachers. At the start of my sophomore year, I began doing teaching observations in two agricultural education classrooms in the area. Being able to watch and reflect on the teaching methods of the two cooperating teachers was very valuable, but most importantly, being able to talk to them about why they do things was impactful to me.

 

Advice for someone considering ag ed?  My advice for people considering agricultural education varies from person to person. If you’re reading this and are considering agricultural education as a major, the best advice I can give is to talk to someone who is or is working on becoming an ag teacher and see what they say based on their first-hand experiences. There are a lot of different factors that go in to deciding a college major and talking to someone who has been through the process is definitely a big help. I am always willing to talk to students about considering agricultural education as a college major, so feel free to reach out if you get the chance.

 

The number one thing you must do in college is:  The number one thing you must do in college is find a group — any group. Whether it’s a group you already know people in or a group that is brand new to you, find a group of people to spend time with. Life is hard and having a group of people there to support you, to cut loose and hang out with, or to challenge you to try new things makes a huge difference.

 

Favorite hobby:  It’s tough for me to decide on a favorite hobby. I love spending time outdoors so much that it concerns my family sometimes when I take days or weeks long expeditions. I have two kayaks that I love going out in with friends. I love fishing, rock climbing, hiking, swimming and pretty much anything else outdoors. I also like crafting — anything from oil paintings to woodworking or cross stitching. I’m not very good at crafting, but I still like being creative.

 

Quote that inspires me:  A quote that inspires me is “There is unpanned gold in every soul you run into. No matter what walk of life they come from.” -- Robert Downey Jr. I think it is a quote that my life reflects and that applies to agricultural education. I try to always look for the best in people and to see the potential in them. There are factors in peoples’ lives that they have no control over and no matter what those are or where they come from, I want people to see the best in themselves and what they can potentially be.

 

Name: Katie Ott

University: Purdue University

Home State: Indiana

Year in School:  Senior

High School Agriculture Program: I did not participate in agriculture in high school!

 

Why did you decide to become an agriculture teacher?  Through my time at Purdue and the specified agricultural education classes, I became more and more interested in pursuing a career as a high school agriculture teacher.

What are you looking forward to most about teaching?  I am looking forward to continuing to improve my agricultural literacy and grow alongside my students.

 

Why is your university the best place to pursue a degree in agricultural education?  Purdue’s agricultural education program is a tight knit group of students who support each other in every aspect of life. Purdue also has an extensive history with midwestern agriculture and connections around the world. There are a multitude of networking opportunities in our university.

 

What has been your most rewarding experience as an ag ed major so far?  My most rewarding experience so far is coming home on vacations and having friends and family members come to me for advice or with questions about food, advertisements, and productions.

Advice for someone considering ag ed?  Come in with an open mind and be prepared to always learn new things!

 

The number one thing you must do in college is: Go to class!

 

Favorite hobby: Crafting

 

Quote that inspires me:  “Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible!’” - Audrey Hepburn

 

Name: Korie Burgess

University: Auburn University

Home State: Alabama

Year in School: Junior

High School Agriculture Program: White Plains High School

 

Why did you decide to become an agriculture teacher?  My mom is a teacher, so I grew up around education. I have always loved the outdoors and wanted to pursue a career track that combined both my love for education and nature!

 

What are you looking forward to most about teaching?  I am most looking forward to being able to provide my students with many different classes involving agriculture. I believe diversity is key to creating an ideal learning environment, and in doing so, I believe it will allow me to create meaningful relationships with my students.

 

Why is your university the best place to pursue a degree in agricultural education?  Auburn University is a land grant university, so we pride ourselves on agriculture. Auburn was built on a strong agricultural and mechanical foundation. Our facilities, our faculty, and our campus find ways to incorporate agriculture into everyday life and continue to educate all students on the importance of agriculture.

 

What has been your most rewarding experience as an ag ed major so far?  Ag ed has continued to provide a sense of versatility and diversity into my coursework. I have loved being able to learn about all topics on the agricultural scale. I have managed to learn about soil, animals, sustainability, and horticulture on deep levels in short periods of time. I continue to learn something new every day, which is extremely rewarding.

 

Advice for someone considering ag ed?  It is a wonderful major that includes so much versatility. If you have an interest in agriculture, children, and or animals, give it a try!

 

The number one thing you must do in college is:  Take time to yourself! College can be extremely overwhelming, so do not be afraid to have a day all to yourself to chill.

 

Favorite hobby:  Cooking, cleaning, anything outdoors

 

Quote that inspires me:  “Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can.” – John Wesley

 

Name: Maddie Weninger

University: South Dakota State University

Home State: Minnesota

Year in School: Junior

High School Agriculture Program: Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted High School

 

Why did you decide to become an agriculture teacher?  I grew up in a very successful FFA chapter with advisors who not only cared about the achievement of our chapter, but also investing in students to see them grow into the people they hope to be. This support paired with my passion for informing students about agriculture helped me realize the right profession for me.

 

What are you looking forward to most about teaching?  I am most looking forward to making connections with students. I believe that every person can find their place in agricultural education and the National FFA Organization; we strive to be inclusive of all people, whether you have a farming background or not. I hope to be a mentor to students who they can trust, while also pushing them to their full potential.

 

Why is your university the best place to pursue a degree in agricultural education?

South Dakota State University's agricultural education not only has incredible faculty, but also a unique student culture. Students are given countless opportunities for professional growth, such as judging FFA contests, connecting with each other, attending conferences, and much more. We are always being supported and supporting each other.

 

What has been your most rewarding experience as an ag ed major so far?  Last year at the National FFA Convention, I received the opportunity to chaperone students from my home chapter with my agriculture teachers, and it truly showed me the reasons I hope to teach agriculture. Making connections with all kinds of people, witnessing student success, and seeing FFA from a completely different viewpoint were just a few of the aspects of that trip that sparked a passion in me to keep pursuing this degree.

 

Advice for someone considering ag ed?  My advice would be to go for it. Agricultural education is extremely rewarding, and even if you decide you don’t want to teach, you still have so many opportunities in agriculture and beyond. The non-traditional aspect of teaching appeals to many people, and I believe that’s a strength for college students who can’t see themselves as a teacher -- being an agriculture teacher is completely different. Each ag teacher has their own style of teaching and their personality can come out in the classroom!

 

The number one thing you must do in college is:  Do something that you would never expect or see yourself doing. Whether that looks like joining a club you never imagined you would join or working for a business you have never heard of, I believe it is extremely important to create your own identity when you move away from home and the best way to do that is by doing something uncomfortable at first.

 

Favorite hobby:  I love exploring, whether it’s near my home, or in a completely new place. I love learning about the history and importance of areas, but also being able to get outside and see the beauty of nature.

 

Quote that inspires me:  “It is my deepest belief that only by giving our lives do we find life.”  – Cesar Chavez

 

 

Name: Matt Younker

University: Wilmington College

Home State: Ohio

Year in School: Junior

High School Agriculture Program: Wilmington High School

 

Why did you decide to become an agriculture teacher?  Even as a young child, I knew I wanted to become an educator; I just didn’t know where I would fit in until my senior year of high school. As a senior, I was the President of my FFA chapter, and our teacher quit her job half-way through the school year. It was her first-year teaching, and she just didn’t seem ready to have full control over her own classroom. Looking back on the experience, I am thankful for the circumstances my peers and I were given. After she quit, I assisted the administrators and substitute teachers with lesson plan prep and organized all our remaining FFA events for the school year, which made me decide to become an agricultural educator.

 

What are you looking forward to most about teaching?  Getting to make an impact in students lives, just like my agricultural educators did for me.

 

Why is your university the best place to pursue a degree in agricultural education?  As part of Wilmington’s Teacher Education Licensure Program, you are immediately immersed in the teaching profession, with field experiences your first year as a Wilmington College student. By the time you complete your program of study, you will have engaged in a minimum of 200 hours of hands-on learning experiences in a variety of PK-12 classrooms, in addition to 16 weeks of full-time student teaching. You will gain not only a thorough knowledge of the content area(s) you will teach, but also an in-depth view of teaching and learning that maximizes positive student outcomes.

 

What has been your most rewarding experience as an ag ed major so far?  My field placement at Miami Trace High School was wonderful, and on my last day I heard several times that the students would “miss me,” which proves to me that I made a small impact in their lives during the short period of time I got to spend with them.

 

Advice for someone considering ag ed?  You will regret it if you do not follow through with it! If you make it through college as an ag ed major and decide you don’t want to be in the classroom, there are numerous jobs that you can attain with a degree in agricultural education.

 

The number one thing you must do in college is:  Study! College is hard, but it is also rewarding – if you do it correctly.

 

Favorite hobby: Showing Livestock (Cattle, Hogs, Sheep & Goats) and helping young 4-Hers with their livestock.

 

Quote that inspires me:  "On the 9th day after God made a Farmer, God said 'I need someone to educate the youth about my land and creatures, so God made an Ag Teacher.'" -- Jeremiah 29:11

 

Name: Matthew Wilson

University: Southern Union

Home State: Alabama

Year in School: Sophomore

High School Ag Program: Horseshoe Bend High School

 

Why did you decide to become an agriculture teacher?  Agricultural education was a large part of my high school experience. Through my ag classes and the FFA, I found my future as an agriscience educator. Educating future generations about the importance of agriculture is needed now more than ever. As the world’s population increases, so does our responsibility to provide food security while protecting our natural resources.

 

What are you looking forward to most about teaching?  I look forward to giving my students the same opportunities I was given to discover a love of agriculture and to develop leadership skills. Impacting the future by enabling the success of my students is my #1 priority.

Why is your university the best place to pursue a degree in agricultural education?  I am currently taking my basic classes at Southern Union, where I was blessed to receive the Presidential Scholarship. After this year, I plan to transfer to Auburn University to continue pursuing my degree in agriscience education. Southern Union is the largest feeder school of students transferring into Auburn University, preparing students for success in all areas. Auburn University is a nationally recognized research institute, providing agriscience educators with the needed knowledge and skills to effectively lead a classroom, while impacting the future of agriculture in their communities, state, nation, and beyond.

 

What has been your most rewarding experience as an ag ed major so far?  I have just completed my freshman year college and my year of service as an Alabama FFA State Officer. This was a rewarding experience that enabled me to gain insights into agricultural education in my home state and my nation. I was also blessed to be given the opportunity to present at the National 4-H Agriscience Summit in Washington DC. My presentation, Ag Tank: Marketing Matters, informed attendees about the most effective marketing practices in the field of agriculture.

Advice for someone considering ag ed?  My advice would be to get involved early on in your high school career with your ag department and the FFA. Doing so will open you up to a world of opportunities that give you hands-on experiences in the field that will enable you to make that choice with conviction and confidence.

The number one thing you must do in college is:  Make the most of networking opportunities that will certainly benefit your future.

Favorite hobby: Kayaking

Quote that inspires me: “Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.” ? Benjamin Franklin

 

Name: Miranda Hornung

University: University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Home State: Nebraska

Year in School: Sophomore

High School Agriculture Program: Raymond Central

 

Why did you decide to become an agriculture teacher?  I always knew I wanted to be a teacher just like my mom, but I was never passionate about a certain subject until taking an introduction to agriculture class my 7th grade year. As I became more involved in my local FFA chapter and took as many agriculture courses as possible, I realized that there was not another subject or industry that I could teach or be involved in and have the same level of passion. The agriculture classroom was a home for me during high school and I want to be an agriculture teacher so that my future students can feel that same way.

 

What are you looking forward to most about teaching?  I am most looking forward to creating an inclusive environment in my classroom where students from any background are able to experience hands-on agriculture and potentially choose it as a career path.

 

Why is your university the best place to pursue a degree in agricultural education?  The University of Nebraska-Lincoln has outstanding curriculum, knowledgeable faculty and staff, and an unmatched research platform. There are three options inside the ag ed major including leadership, teaching, and communication which provides a wide variety under the ag ed umbrella for those interested in teaching and beyond. I truly believe "there is no place like Nebraska," just as our school's fight song says, and that each student is provided with countless opportunities to grow, learn, and succeed in an education in agriculture.

 

What has been your most rewarding experience as an ag ed major so far? As part of a course this past year, I was required to spend 40 hours in a high school classroom observing an agriculture teacher. This experience allowed me to see a different program and teaching style than that of my agriculture teacher. I made connections with a few different agriculture teachers and even had the opportunities to teach a few lessons to gain real experience as a teacher.

 

Advice for someone considering ag ed?  Spend time in a classroom setting, observing an agriculture teacher. Even if you took agriculture classes in high school, being able to observe from a "potential teacher" standpoint instead of a "student" standpoint is very beneficial in deciding if ag ed is the path for you.

 

Number one thing you must do in college is:  Get to know the faculty & staff! I can't begin to count the amount of times I have needed extra help with assignments, assistance with class scheduling, or even to interview the dean for a class project. Already having a connection or an introduction to the faculty makes it SO much easier for you to get whatever help you need and for them to help you.

 

Favorite hobby: Singing & playing piano

 

Quote that inspires me: "There is no elevator to success. You have to take the stairs." - Anonymous

 

 

Name: Nicole Hover

University: University of Massachusetts-Amherst

Home State: Massachusetts

Year in School: Senior

High School Agriculture Program: Norfolk County Agricultural High School

 

Why did you decide to become an agriculture teacher?  I saw how much my agriculture teachers connected with their students because they shared the same interests. It is such a unique career to go into because each day you are teaching about a subject you truly enjoy. The students are motivated to learn and want to be in the classroom each day.

 

What are you looking forward to most about teaching?  Seeing the student who may have not done well in a conventional high school flourish in a setting they are passionate for. Throughout the years, I will see students grow and develop into future educators, veterinarians, farmers, and more.

 

Why is your university the best place to pursue a degree in agricultural education?  The Stockbridge School of Agriculture at UMass offers a diversified program in sustainable food and farming. The best part of the program at Stockbridge is I am able to make the program my own and take a variety of courses that puts me on the path to teach agricultural education. Even though UMass is a large school, one of the benefits of being in Stockbridge is that the class sizes are small and the professors are able to connect with each student.

 

What has been your most rewarding experience as an ag ed major so far?  I think to be able to make connections with different educators and students who have the same goal in mind. It’s great to be with like-minded people who have the same passion as you.

 

Advice for someone considering ag ed?  As an agricultural education major, you will be studying and working in an industry that is constantly changing and evolving new technology and equipment. You will be one of the first people in the agriculture industry to share the newer technology with the next generation of agriculturalists. As a teacher, you get to see firsthand these creative students grow and flourish in the agriculture industry, whether they want to be a farmer, veterinarian, agricultural mechanic, or an agricultural education teacher themselves.

 

The number one thing you must do in college is:  Find a solid friend group that supports, cares, and keeps you focused on your goals. These friends will become your family away from home and will help you through it all.

 

Favorite hobby: What I enjoy most is showing dogs, especially my goldendoodle, Molly.

 

Quote that inspires me:  "Don’t let what you can’t do stop you from doing what you can do." -- John Wooden

 

 

Name: Taylor Leigh Ford

University: Chico State University

Home State: California

Year in School: Senior

High School Agriculture Program: Sutter Union High School

 

Why did you decide to become an agriculture teacher?

I decided to become an agriculture teacher for several reasons. One reason has a lot to do with my college journey that I went through to get where I am at now. My first two years of college I was a nursing major before I switched over to agricultural education. I know what you must be asking yourself, "why the big change," right? Well at the end of my second year of college one, of my certified nursing professors watched me teach a lesson in class and asked to speak with me afterwards. She said that she had never watched someone connect with students the way I did and that though she knew I would make a great nurse; she just could not help but see talent wasted if I did not consider teaching. At the time it all started to make sense, I had a huge passion for caring for others, along with teaching. This journey has given me an opportunity to see what my heart truly was being called to do all along -- teach. For me though, teaching goes far beyond just giving a lecture in the classroom. My goal is to be a champion for my students. To encourage them, believe in them and to push them to become the very best that they can be. I want to teach because it is my passion and something I absolutely love to do. My life goal is to know that I made each of my students feel like they mattered and that they always have a place where they can call home. At the end of the day, we as teachers are what can make either a positive or negative difference. Mr. Patton, the Executive Director and FFA Center Manager for California could not have said it any better, “student success breathes success.” If we as future agricultural teachers put in the time, the passion, the support, and all that sets up our students for success; it is then that success will happen. Each student is capable of so many things, but it takes a special person to believe in them and challenge them to see just how special they are. My desire as a future agriculture teacher is to be that special person for my students.

 

What are you looking forward to most about teaching?  When I think about only having one more year left before I start student teaching, I seriously just want to jump up with excitement. I would say that I am looking the most forward to connecting with all of my future students when it comes to teaching. I know not every day will be perfect, especially in the beginning of my teaching journey, since a lot of my days will consist of learning more from my students than they will be learning from me. This is how we grow into great teachers though and I seriously cannot wait for that. We as teachers have to be the heart of our classroom. I want every student who walks through my classroom door to feel like they have a place to call home. Not every student comes from a great background and I cannot wait to support those students and help them achieve more than they will ever expect to. Sometimes it just takes one person to make a difference in someone's life, and I want nothing more than to be that person. No matter where my students are at in their life, I want them to know that they can do anything they set their minds to, and that I will do everything in my power to help get them there. This is what teaching is all about! Teaching goes way beyond just a lesson being taught in a classroom -- it's about shaping students until they shine so they can go into the world and achieve their dreams. Their success is what makes my job the most rewarding job out there. As a future teacher these are just a few things I look forward to most and I certainly cannot wait to be in that classroom!  

 

Why is your university the best place to pursue a degree in agricultural education?  When I switched my major from nursing to agricultural education, I also had to change schools. Chico State University was hands-down the best decision I have ever made! If you are looking for a school that will give you hands-on experience along with professors who truly care about you, then this is your school. I have never felt so cared for and supported like the way I do from the college of agriculture at CSU Chico. The professors here want you to succeed and provide you with more than you could even imagine in order to be successful. I can definitely say that I would not want to go to another school to get a degree in agricultural education. As soon as you walk into the college, it truly feels like home and I cannot think of a better place to get your education. 

 

What has been your most rewarding experience as an ag ed major so far?  This is such a hard question because I’ve had so many rewarding experiences as an ag ed major. If I had to pick though, I would say that one of the most rewarding experiences that I’ve had so far was attending this year’s California State FFA Convention. I had the privilege of putting on workshops for all the students while I was there, along with getting to work the Teach Ag booth. The experiences, the leadership roles, the friendships, and most of all the passion we all shared as a group while we were there was beyond anything I could ever compare to. Being surrounded by so many driven individuals with a drive to make a positive difference just made this trip even that more special. The best part of it all was that I never would have guessed that I made a difference. After I taught my workshops, I had several FFA members come up and say thank you, followed by handshakes, selfies, and many conversations. This was by far the best part of it all! Knowing that I made a positive difference meant so much to me. Just from this experience I cannot wait to improve my skills and grow an even bigger passion for teaching agriculture.  

 

Advice for someone considering ag ed?  If you are considering agricultural education, I have three words for you, GO FOR IT! I can honestly not think of a more rewarding profession to get into. If you want to make a difference in someone's life, travel, and do something new every day, then this is your route to take. One of the biggest misconceptions people have is that you have to come from an agriculture background in order to be an agriculture teacher. This is not true because if you have a passion to learn and a big heart, you can be one of the best teachers out there. Agricultural education is hands-down the best profession, so come join us!

 

The number one thing you must do in college is:  When you get in college the best advice I can give you is to get involved. School is important but being involved in extracurricular activities truly makes you a well-rounded person. I have taken a lot of what I have learned in the classroom and applied it to my life outside of it just from stepping out of my comfort zone and getting more involved. If it wasn’t for getting involved more through the college of agriculture at CSU Chico, I definitely would not have met all the great friends I have now and made all the fun memories that go along with it. Study hard and have fun because college goes by fast.

 

Favorite hobby:  There are a lot of things I love to do, but I would have to say one of my favorites is giving horseback riding lessons. I teach kids of all ages and let me tell you, it is one of the most rewarding hobbies out there. I love what I do, and seeing one of my students finally learn how to do something new on the horse and their excitement from it truly makes my heart smile. My students play a huge role in my life and I would not be the person I am today without them.  

 

Quote that inspires me:  “It’s not what you’ve got, it’s what you use that makes a difference” -- Zig Ziglar

 

Name: Tayte Jussel

University: University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Home State: Nebraska

Year in School: Sophomore

High School Agriculture Program: O’Neill Public High School

 

Why did you decide to become an agriculture teacher?  Agricultural education has played an incredibly large role in my high school career and has truly helped make me into the person I am today. I want to help students find their passion and purpose in life just as I did, and I believe that through classroom instruction, supervised agricultural experiences, and FFA I can give my students the same opportunities (and hopefully even more) needed to be successful in their future careers and lives.

 

What are you looking forward to most about teaching?  I am most looking forward to gaining a new perspective of the agriculture industry by teaching students in metropolitan areas. In an urban setting, most students start with little understanding of the agriculture industry, and I believe that by educating them through ag ed, students will be able to bring a different approach to solving agricultural issues that they may be faced with in the future. I am incredibly excited to begin developing these students that have little to no background to the agriculture industry and help them find a passion for it.

 

Why is your university the best place to pursue a degree in agricultural education?  The University of Nebraska – Lincoln is one of the best places to pursue a degree in agricultural education because the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources is a supportive community of dedicated staff and passionate students who believe in the future of the agriculture industry. The university continues to work hard to further agriculture through youth development of young agriculturalists by hosting events such as Career Development Events at the Nebraska FFA State Convention, as well as numerous other agriculture-based conferences. With all of these youth-based events and conferences on campus, there are many opportunities for students to get involved with youth that are possibly interested in a career in agriculture, and it gives you an opportunity to help educate them.

 

What has been your most rewarding experience as an ag ed major so far?  My most rewarding experience as an ag ed major so far has definitely been getting the chance to work at the Nebraska State FFA Convention this year. Through working at convention, I was able to see the behind-the-scenes action that takes place and how much work each and every Nebraska FFA Association employee, chapter advisor, and state officer puts into the event. Overall, this was an incredible learning experience for me, and will help me become a successful agricultural educator in the future.

 

Advice for someone considering ag ed?  To someone considering agricultural education, I would advise them to be open to the many different options at hand and to find the best program for them to grown and learn in.

 

The number one thing you must do in college is:  The number one thing you must do in college is step out of your comfort zone and take advantage of the vast opportunities presented to you. Through taking these opportunities, you will be able to grow and become the best version of yourself.

 

Favorite hobby:  My favorite hobbies are playing my ukulele, spending time with my golden lab, Tucker, hammocking, and traveling.

 

Quote that inspires me:  “The power to change the world starts with us first changing our beliefs and ourselves.” – anonymous

 

 

 

 

Totally Acceptable. . . . 

  1. To be proud of your interesting tan lines,
  2. To take time to relax with friends and share some laughter,
  3. To browse the local dollar stores for classroom organization ideas,
  4. To enjoy the time you spend with students at county fairs and cherish the teachable moments you share with them,
  5. To continue to pursue new professional development opportunities that will help your classroom to grow. 
 

My Corner of the World

What keeps you motivated? For Todd Thomas, agriculture teacher at Caliche High School, in Colorado, inspirational messaging sprinkled around his desk keeps him going and determined to make a positive impact in the lives of his students. 

 

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Ag Teacher Hack

Where do your ideas, events, and projects come from???

Idea Bank
This bulletin board allows students and teachers alike to post ideas and opportunities that will help to build the Program of Activities for the year.

Thank you Steve Schmit, agriculture teacher at Osceola Public Schools, Nebraska for such a great idea!

This idea was posted on the  Ag Education Discussion Lab Facebook page.

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Have a great idea or tip that is your "go to" in the classroom? Share it with us! Contact Andrea Fristoe and look for your Ag Teacher Hack in an upcoming edition of New Teacher News!

 

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Before You Go. . . 

2019 NAAE and FFA Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity Request for Proposals

The National Association of Agricultural Educators and the National FFA Organization are seeking individuals, teams or companies to provide training experiences to students (middle, high school and collegiate) and educators (middle, high and post-secondary) around the topic of inclusion. Within that we are specifically seeking sessions around Unconscious/Implicit Bias, Micromessaging, Inclusive Language, Cultural Competency, creating an inclusive environment, and how to constructively address inequity and exclusion instances. The training sessions will be held at various times, dates and locations with anywhere from 10-300 participants. Proposals may be submitted for one, multiple, or all the training sessions. The trainings will take place between August 1, 2019 and December 31, 2019 and would include one-time special events and/or progressive, reoccurring staff training. Follow this link for exact dates and locations. Additional training opportunities may be available and offered in 2020.

 

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Owls Can Be Lovebirds Too!

This month, meet Victoria Herr and Kelse Brown. They met as Teach Ag Ambassadors and this month they will officially be husband and wife! Find out more about their love story and how they have used ag education as a tool to help them through long-distance, lesson plans, and graduation.

 
 
 

"Get out and get to know the profession. No two classrooms, schools, or teachers are the same." 
-Gabby Power

Meet Gabby!

Teach Ag Ambassador Spotlight

Each year the National Teach Ag Campaign selects an elite group of preservice agriculture teachers to represent the future of ag education.

This month, we are featuring Gabby Power, a Senior at Southwest Minnesota State University, majoring in agricultural education.  Follow the link below to learn about her goals as an ag teacher, her advice for future ag ed majors, and to find out why Southwest Minnesota State is a great option for pursuing a degree in ag education.

 

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Ellen Thompson
Project Director
ethompson.naae@uky.edu
605-350-3842

Andrea Fristoe
Program Manager
afristoe.naae@uky.edu
800-509-0204

 
 

The National Teach Ag Campaign is a project of the National Council for Agricultural Education, led by the National Association of Agricultural Educators. For more information, visit the Teach Ag website. Funding for the National Teach Ag Campaign is provided by the CHS Foundation, Corteva Agriscience™, Growth Energy, and BASF, as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.

 
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Totally Acceptable. . . . 

  1. To enjoy the first official day of summer on June 21st,
  2. To allow yourself to grow personally and professionally as you travel to your various professional development opportunities this summer,
  3. To look into online graduate degree options for the fall,
  4. To take time to relax and enjoy your friends and family this summer,
  5. To pick up a new hobby or talent!
 
 

My Corner of the World

How do you show your students who you are? For Mia Sullivan, agriculture teacher at Heritage High School, in Tennessee, desk decor is a direct expression of who she is from her favorite sports team to her favorite tv show.

 

Want Your Picture in New Teacher News???
Send a high-quality picture of your desk (or your colleague's desk) to Andrea Fristoe & look for your picture in an upcoming edition!

 

Ag Teacher Hack

What are your tips for teaching vet science?

Vet Science Sutures
Take an old t-shirt and wrap it around a 2x4 to practice suturing! 

Thank you Riley Hintzsche, agriculture teacher at Streator Township High School, Illinios for such a fantastic idea!

This idea was posted on the Ag Education Discussion Lab Facebook page.

Share Your Ag Teacher Hack!
Have a great idea or tip that is your "go to" in the classroom? Share it with us! Contact Andrea Fristoe and look for your Ag Teacher Hack in an upcoming edition of New Teacher News!

 

Stay Inspired!

 
 

NAAE Membership Benefits

Hotel Discounts with Choice Hotels International

15% NAAE member discounts at the following brand hotels: Comfort Inn®, Comfort Suites®, Quality®, Sleep Inn®, Clarion®, MainStay Suites®, Econo Lodge®, and Rodeway Inn®. Log in to the website and visit your MyNAAE page for the discount code.

 
 

Before You Go. . . 

Looking for New Ways to Spread the Message of #TeachAg?
Check out the new Recruitment and Retention page on the Teach Ag website. It is full of great ideas and resources that have been tested and approved by our ag teachers, programs, and leaders. Help us promote the BEST. CAREER. EVER!

 

Mark Your Calendar!

 
 
 
 

Contact Us

Ellen Thompson
Project Director
ethompson.naae@uky.edu
605-350-3842

Andrea Fristoe
Program Manager
afristoe.naae@uky.edu
800-509-0204

 
 

The National Teach Ag Campaign is a project of the National Council for Agricultural Education, led by the National Association of Agricultural Educators. For more information, visit the Teach Ag website. Funding for the National Teach Ag Campaign is provided by the CHS Foundation, Corteva Agriscience™, Growth Energy, and BASF as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.

 
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This post is part of the June 2019 Teach Ag Times e-newsletter. 

 

There are many great parts to being an ag teacher, one of which being the great, positive relationships ag teachers build together. Ag teachers across the nation have the opportunity to network and build great friendships and relationships through their passion for agricultural education. This month, we get to meet Victoria Herr and Kelse Brown -- two recent graduates in ag education who are getting ready to begin their teaching careers, while also building a life together.

 

Quick Background Information: Kelse just graduated from The Ohio State University, while Victoria graduated from The Pennsylvania State University. Kelse will be teaching at Penn Manor High School and Victoria will be teaching at Kutztown Area High School, both in Pennsylvania.


Q:  How did you both meet?
A:  We both served as National Teach Ag Ambassadors during the 2017-2018 school year. This brought us both to Indianapolis for the National FFA Convention, and after a week together the rest is history!

 

Q:  What are your professional goals?
A:  We're both planning to stay in the classroom for a long time!


Q:  How do your teaching philosophies differ?
A:  I guess I would say that I (Victoria) am more spontaneous and flexible in my instruction and Kelse is more of a planner and organizer. It's always fun for us to bounce ideas off of one another at the end of the day.


Q:  Describe your involvement in agricultural education and how you got to where you are now with your relationship.
A:  We were both agricultural education students and FFA members throughout high school, which is what inspired us to be in the classroom today. We were very involved in agricultural education at our respective universities, as well as through the National Teach Ag Campaign. After graduating in 2018, Kelse served with AgriCorps in Ghana, West Africa for six months before moving to Pennsylvania, where he is now a long- term substitute in the agriculture department at my home high school. I just graduated in May and accepted a position at Kutztown Area High School, about an hour from my home. In terms of our relationship, it has been an adventure! We've done lots of long distance from Ohio State to Penn State, Penn State to Ghana, and one side of PA (where Kelse was subbing) to the other (where I was student teaching). Teach Ag brought us together in October of 2017, and just a few short days from now we will be married! We're pretty excited to be the first ever Teach Ag Ambassador husband and wife

 

Q:  Where do you see yourselves in 10+ years?
A:  In the classroom and raising a family -- that's the dream!

 

Interested in learning more about the BEST.CAREER.EVER? Follow this link to the Teach Ag website to learn more about how you can begin your path to making a positive difference in the lives of students and their communities each and ever day and start building your own lifelong friendships today!

 

Totally Acceptable. . . . 

  1. To not forget those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our great nation this Memorial Day weekend,
  2. To have some fantastic plans for a vacation this summer (even if it is only for a few days),
  3. To join the NAAE Virtual Book Club this summer and experience a new kind of professional development,
  4. To have class outside and enjoy the beautiful sunshine,
  5. To be emotional at graduation when you see your hardworking seniors cross the stage.
 
 

My Corner of the World

The school year is almost over. How is your desk looking? For Jackie Tichepco, agriculture at Leilehua High School, in Hawaii, papers are being passed back, to-do lists are being checked off, and another school year is almost in the books!

 

Want Your Picture in New Teacher News???
Send a high-quality picture of your desk (or your colleague's desk) to Andrea Fristoe & look for your picture in an upcoming edition!

 

Ag Teacher Hack

How do you collect and organize work when students are absent???

Absent Student Work Area Organization
This hanging file pocket organizer was purchased from Amazon and helps students find and turn in their class assignments when they are absent. 

Thank you Josette Nebeker, agriculture teacher at Highland High School, Idaho for such an awesome idea!

This idea was posted on the  Ag Education Discussion Lab Facebook page.

Share Your Ag Teacher Hack!
Have a great idea or tip that is your "go to" in the classroom? Share it with us! Contact Andrea Fristoe and look for your Ag Teacher Hack in an upcoming edition of New Teacher News!

 

Stay Inspired!

 

NAAE Membership Benefits

Ag Ed Relief Fund

The Agricultural Educator Relief Fund is designed to assist individual NAAE active members during a time of personal crisis or need. NAAE members may receive up to a $500 stipend to help them through a difficult time. The fund is made possible by the support of state associations and private donors.

 
 

Before You Go. . . 

2019-2020 National Teach Ag Ambassadors Announced
Each year, an elite group of preservice agricultural education majors are selected from a nationwide pool of applicants to serve as National Teach Ag Ambassadors. This year, we are happy to have 14 aspiring ag teachers represent our profession as ambassadors. 

 

Mark Your Calendar!

 
 
 
 

Contact Us

Ellen Thompson
Project Director
ethompson.naae@uky.edu
605-350-3842

Andrea Fristoe
Program Manager
afristoe.naae@uky.edu
800-509-0204

 
 

The National Teach Ag Campaign is a project of the National Council for Agricultural Education, led by the National Association of Agricultural Educators. For more information, visit the Teach Ag website. Funding for the National Teach Ag Campaign is provided by the CHS Foundation, Corteva Agriscience™, Growth Energy, and BASF as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.

 
 

 

There are so many unique opportunities offered to agriculture teachers. From greenhouse production and management to raising livestock, rebuilding engines, and learning how to use GPS technology to improve production, there is no question why teaching agriculture truly is the
 BEST. CAREER. EVER.

 

The Unexpected, Yet Awesome Parts of Being an Ag Teacher

This month we get to meet Scott Stone, agriculture teacher at Centralia High School, in Centralia, Missouri. Scott has been teaching agriculture for 22 years and has a wealth of knowledge and experiences to share with us about the unexpected joys of being an ag teacher. 

 
 
 

"My goal as a teacher is to influence “ah-ha” moments in each student. I truly believe these moments take a classroom experience from ordinary to extraordinary." 
-Rebekka Paskewitz

Meet Rebekka!

Teach Ag Ambassador Spotlight

Each year the National Teach Ag Campaign selects an elite group of preservice agriculture teachers to represent the future of ag education.

This month, we are featuring Rebekka Paskewitz, a Sophomore at South Dakota State University, majoring in agricultural education.  Follow the link below to see how she inspires students to learn, her advice for future ag ed majors, and to find out whySouth Dakota State is a great option for pursuing a degree in ag education.

 

#TeachAg on Twitter

 
 
 
 

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Contact Us

Ellen Thompson
Project Director
ethompson.naae@uky.edu
605-350-3842

Andrea Fristoe
Program Manager
afristoe.naae@uky.edu
800-509-0204

 

Aileen Ehn
Program Manager
aileen.ehn@naae.org

 

The National Teach Ag Campaign is a project of the National Council for Agricultural Education, led by the National Association of Agricultural Educators. For more information, visit the Teach Ag website. Funding for the National Teach Ag Campaign is provided by the CHS Foundation, Corteva Agriscience™, BASF, Herman & Bobbie Wilson, and Growth Energy, as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.

This post is part of the May 2019 Teach Ag Times e-newsletter. 

 

This month we get to meet Scott Stone, agriculture teacher at Centralia High School, in Centralia, Missouri. Scott has been teaching agriculture for 22 years and has a wealth of knowledge and experiences to share with us about the unexpected joys of being an ag teacher. 

 

Q:  What motivates you to Teach Ag?
A:  When I decided to become an ag teacher, it was to help motivate students to become the best person they can be. I wanted to help students learn new skills and excel. As time has progressed, and more people have little connection for agriculture, my motivating factor has become the need to educate individuals about the importance of production agriculture in our world. If we do not educate young people, they will become adults who despise our industry, simply because they do not understand it. I want every student who comes through my classroom door to understand our country's most basic, yet important industry. We must educate the next generation or we will depend on other countries to feed us. 

 

Q:  Where is the coolest place you have traveled as an ag teacher and why did you go there?
A:  I have had the opportunity to accompany two of my National FFA Proficiency finalists to Costa Rica. It was amazing to see how different, yet the same agriculture is there. I had the chance to learn about their production systems. I also went zip lining. For anyone who knows me, I am petrified of heights, so this was a major step outside of my comfort zone. One of my most vivid memories was just after we landed, we boarded a bus to take us to our first stop. Due to the flooding, the main road was washed out, so we had to take the back road. There were some very beautiful waterfalls, but the road was only wide enough for one vehicle. So when we met anther vehicle, we had to back down the mountain until there was a pull off. No guard rails, no road burn. I thought we were going to die. 

 

Q:  What is the most interesting/bizarre project you have taken on as an ag teacher?

A:  As an ag teacher, you never know what the next project coming down the pike is. One day I may be helping fix the baseball pitching nets, and the next day we are picking up trash around the school grounds.  All of this goes into making this job a great one. One of my most memorable projects happened about three years ago. It was the day before prom and I had a student show up in my room. She said, "I forgot to order flowers for prom. Can you make me a boutonniere  and corsage for tomorrow?" I said, "I do not have any fresh cut flowers, why don't you try the flower shop." The next response was, "I do not have any money." So I said, "Sure, we will get you what you need." So using only bedding plants and ferns from the greenhouse, we made a boutonniere and corsage for this young prom couple. I just kept praying that it stayed together and made it till the end of the night. P.S: It did. 

 

Q:  What unique skills/knowledge have you gained by being an ag teacher? 

A:  As an ag teacher, you have to have all kinds of skills and knowledge. You have to be a jack of all trades and master of few. My favorite subject area is animal science, so I have learned to do everything from artificial insemination to processing a chicken. I have learned a lot in the greenhouse, but can still kill plants with the best of them. I am a licensed bus driver, which is cool and scary all at the same time. I am great and saying "yes" first, and then figuring out a plan afterwards. I am not good at saying "no." 

 

Q:  Why is teaching agriculture the BEST. CAREER. EVER?
A:  When most people look for a job, they have specific criteria they are looking for. Some want to work inside, some want to work outside. Some want to work with people, some do not want to be around people. Some want to do the same thing every day, some want something different every day. Some want to use a computer, and some want to use their hands to make stuff. So after 22 years of teaching, I can truly say that teaching agriculture is all of these. This career combines the best attributes of all jobs into one. I can say beyond a shadow of a doubt that this career lets you have the perfect job, while making a difference in the world every day. 

 

Interested in learning more about the BEST.CAREER.EVER? Follow this link to the Teach Ag website to learn more about how you can begin your path to making a positive difference in the lives of students and their communities each and ever day.

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