What a talented bunch of youngsters we have working for us at NAAE this summer! Check out their profiles below. After all, you may end up trying to recruit one or more of them!
Advocacy Intern: McKenzie Baecker
McKenzie will assist with national advocacy for school-based agricultural education, including influencing individuals and groups in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area who are in a position to support school-based agricultural education as a part of our nation's career and technical education system.
Name: McKenzie Baecker
Hometown: Independence, Wis.
College: University of Wisconsin-River Falls, River Falls, Wis.
Major: Agricultural Education
Plans after college: Pursue a career as an agricultural education instructor
Why intern with NAAE?: I had a very positive experience working with NAAE in the past as a Teach Ag Ambassador, and working on Capitol Hill gaining support for agricultural education was very appealing.
Favorite quote: "Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds that you plant." - Robert Louis Stevenson
Communications Interns: Amanda Forstater and Tyler Price
Amanda and Tyler will write award citations, news releases, presentation scripts and newsletter entries for 2012-13 NAAE award winners, contact award winners for photographs, and perform other NAAE communications-related tasks. Their writings will be included in publications such as the 2012 NAAE Annual Report, NAAE News & Views, other ag ed publications and award winners' local newspapers.
Name: Amanda Leigh Forstater
Hometown: Philadelphia, Pa.
College: Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y.
Major: Animal Science & Agricultural Science Education
Plans after college: Starting graduate school in August at Penn State to earn a Masters of Science in Agricultural and Extension Education.
Why intern with NAAE?: I want to make the leap from being involved in the profession of agricultural education as a student to working side-by-side with career professionals and acting as one myself. I want to become more involved with agricultural education on the national level so that I can be more prepared when I become a teacher in this field that I love. Working with the NAAE allows me to plant a strong foundation in agricultural education.
Favorite quote: "There is no cure for birth and death save to enjoy the interval." - George Santayana
Name: Tyler James Price
Hometown: Laverne, Okla.
College: Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Okla.
Major: Double major in agricultural education and agricultural communications
Plans after college: I want to return to a high school setting and be an agricultural education instructor and FFA advisor. It is my plan, now, to teach at an urban school around the Oklahoma City or Tulsa areas.
Why intern with NAAE?: The internship is a perfect mesh of my double major in agricultural education and agricultural communications. The position will serve as a great networking tool and give me the opportunity to see another - quite different - part of the country.
Favorite quote: "Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does." - William James
Professional Development Intern: Emilia Dover
Emilia will assist with national professional development initiatives for school-based agricultural education, including program management of several national professional development initiatives like the NAAE Awards program, National Agriscience Integration Institute, National Agriscience Teacher Ambassador Academy, National FFA Convention Teachers' World and professional development at the NAAE Convention.
Name: Emilia Shea Dover
Hometown: Chatsworth, Ga.
College: University of Georgia, Athens, Ga.
Major: Just graduated with my B.S.A. in Agricultural Education; starting Master in Agricultural Leadership program in Fall 2013
Plans after college: To teach agriculture in a high school or middle school setting and hopefully make a positive impact along the way. I am excited for the next couple of years of further education, but I can't wait to get in the classroom with my own students!
Why intern with NAAE?: NAAE is a helping hand for agricultural educators, and I believe this internship will serve as an outlet to contribute to agricultural education while I am still in college. I hope to take the lessons I learn while working with NAAE and apply them to my teaching career.
Favorite quote: "Help yourself rise by helping others rise." - Charles Daniel Stewart