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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

Farrah Johnson

Nothing Gold Can Stay

Posted by Farrah Johnson May 30, 2013

Nature's first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf's a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf,
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day
Nothing gold can stay.

These words by Robert Frost came to me today as I've been viewing the damage of the deadly tornadoes that have struck Oklahoma. I remember first hearing this poem in SE Hinton's "The Outsiders" when I was a teenager. I remember thinking how unfair that people were judged by their friends and how much money they have. Unfortunately I think a lot of that still remains in our school today... but that may be an article for another day. However, I have always loved this poem and somehow it has always brought a peaceful resolve for me, so I hope you enjoy it as well!

I'm not sure if we have any NAAE members or agriculture programs affected by these storms, but I do know that America is once again suffering from tragic events. My heart and prayers go out to people that I do not know and probably will never meet. I have experienced hurricane damages but can barely imagine what some people are dealing with right now. I know that we have Americans who have lost everything ? their homes, family members, businesses, schools... everything. It amazes me, though, the kindred human spirit and the sense that these communities will rebuild and people will work together to overcome this tragedy. I was feeling very discouraged earlier and did what I normally do (call me a nerd... that's ok!): I googled quotes about hope. I want to share one that really jumped out at me:

"Yesterday is but a dream, Tomorrow is only a vision. But today, well lived makes every yesterday a dream of happiness, and every tomorrow a vision of hope." ? Kalidasa

Now, many of us may already be, or are soon to be in "it's the end of school" mode!!! I am wrapping up with final welding projects, demonstrations, presentations and industry certifications. Whew! Unlike a lot of faculty on our campuses, for most of us in agricultural education, "summer" does not equate to "vacation" exactly. Now I hope each of you can take some time and enjoy a vacation (Florida is a great place to visit for beaches or Disney!!), but I know many of us will spend time at work. We plan conventions, conferences, retreats, fairs, weigh-ins, SAE visits, barn work days and more during the summer months. Although it's a different pace, some of us may even work harder in the summer with all the road trips and hoopla that we plan to squeeze into 60 days.

I hope many of you are making plans to attend your respective regional NAAE conference. I know state leaders have been diligently working to have successful regional conferences, and I am thankful for all this hard work and time. I am excited to visit states and regions I haven't seen before. As a person who can jam too many things into one summer, I understand the desire to attend as many conferences and meetings as possible. We constantly want to improve ourselves and our teaching; that's just the way we are. I am very excited to see how all of the CASE Institutes and summer trainings go.

Still, I do want to encourage you to take a little time for yourself this summer. Yesterday I was given a book entitled "Meditation for Women Who Do Too Much." Some people might take offense to that, but honestly I thought it was a very thoughtful idea. I hope to take some time and read through the entries this summer. Folks, sometimes we are our own worst enemy. Burnout is by definition what happens when you are burning the candle from all ends. I hope you will take some time to enjoy the "summer break." I look forward to meeting Region III and IV conference participants. Enjoy your time. Eat some ice cream and grill out! Have a wonderful summer!

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