This month meet MaKayla Rose, a Junior agricultural education major at Morehead State University, in Kentucky. She has an exceptional passion for agriculture and teaching, which makes agricultural education the perfect fit for her. Find out what inspired her to become an agriculture teacher and what goals she has for her future classroom and program.
Q: Who or what inspired you to become an agriculture teacher?
A: From a young age, I knew that I wanted to do something in the agriculture field and that I loved to help people. From that, my parents enrolled me in the 4-H livestock program, where I blossomed. I loved every aspect and continue to volunteer with this organization. However, my parents have been my biggest inspiration and for that I thank them.
Q: What has been your most memorable experience in ag education so far?
A: My most memorable experience was attending the National FFA Convention this past year and meeting with all kinds of other ag education majors. I was not offered FFA in high school, so getting to experience that was really rewarding.
A: The most rewarding part of being an ag education major so far has been seeing the faces of students who are learning new things that they never realized before. Watching students work in the greenhouse and make the connections of how things work and grow really is a good feeling. I love when students learn new things and begin to develop their own passions as well.
Q: What has been the most challenging part of being an ag education major so far?
A: The most challenging part of being an ag education major is going into the classroom not knowing anyone and having students who don't really want to be there. They just think it'll be an easy "A" class, so they don't really pay attention to what you are teaching and miss out on the importance of the lesson. However, I have found that hands-on lessons really help with this issue because it gets the students more involved, so they aren't just sitting at a desk listening to you talk.
Q: How do you stay motivated to finish your degree and become an ag teacher?
A: I just keep telling myself that the light is at the end of the tunnel, and it is approaching fast. I have a book to close and a new story to write once I finish my degree.
A: As an ag teacher, my number one goal is for my students to walk away from my classroom at the end of the year -- or even the end of the day -- and have a better appreciation for agriculture and everything that it provides for us.
Q: What does your dream classroom look like?
A: My dream classroom would consist of different workshop areas. It would be huge and basically off to itself due to its size. There would be an area for my sit-down lessons/lectures, an area for construction/welding, there would also be a greenhouse, and an area where I could keep smaller livestock.
Q: Do you want to teach in a single-teacher or multi-teacher department? Why?
A: I would like to teach in a multi-teacher department because having that other person who understands agriculture and its importance would be very beneficial. We would be able to collaborate with our classes/lessons, as well as split the teaching load of the agriculture curriculum, so that students are able to get the most out of our lessons. There would always be a fresh set of eyes for my class/lesson ideas as well.
Q: What classes do you want to teach?
A: Theoretically if I were in a multi-teacher department, I would like to teach horticulture, animal science, and floriculture.
Q: What advice do you have for those considering a future in ag education?
A: Go for it! You are always learning something new and getting your hands dirty. It is such a rewarding choice that you will make and you won't regret it!
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