NAAE is excited to have six interns this summer working in professional development, communications, advocacy, and with the National Teach Ag Campaign. Join us in welcoming these great preservice teachers to our organization and to the profession!
Professional Development Interns
Why did you choose to major in agricultural education? The opportunities that the agricultural industry offers to individuals is one of the reasons why I chose to major in agricultural education. As an educator, it is my duty to prepare students for the workforce. As an agriculture instructor, it is my goal to expose students to new experiences. Traveling to National FFA Convention or even participating on a CDE team can broaden many students' horizons. Within agricultural education curriculum, there are opportunities for students to learn real, practical material that may one day put food on their family's table.
What are your professional goals? After graduation, I will be seeking a position as an agricultural education instructor in a high school setting, where I can influence students on their journey to being educated producers and consumers. After teaching for some time, I will look at taking graduate level courses and furthering my education to make myself a stronger agricultural educator.
What are you looking forward to most about being a NAAE intern? I love looking at the big picture. It is really exciting to me that I will be able to meet different agriculture instructors from across the country. By networking with different individuals, I can learn how ag ed is different across the board. I will enjoy taking the new ideas and hopefully putting them to use one day in a program of my own!
Name: Amy Zimmermann
School: North Dakota State University
Year in School: Senior
Hometown, State: Sauk Centre, MN
Why did you choose to major in agricultural education? It really seemed to be the best fit for me. It was an "aha" moment. I love being a positive role model for others and encouraging them to be the best that they can be.
What are your professional goals? To help as many students as I can achieve dreams that they never thought were possible. I want to make the impossible possible for them.
What are you looking forward to most about being a NAAE intern? The connections that I will make with incredible agriculture teachers around the United States. I am excited for the opportunity to learn more about agricultural education on a deeper level.
Name: Cadie Nicole Giba
School: Clemson University
Year in School: Transfer- Sophomore
Hometown, State: Cherokee, Alabama
Why did you choose to major in agricultural education? I chose to major in agricultural education because I want a career that will allow me to express my passion for agriculture and help others. Although at this point I am still unsure of what path I would like to pursue with my degree, I know that being an agricultural education major will allow me to build a future for myself and inspire others every day. I have interest in teaching high school agriculture, but would also like to consider a career in agricultural communications. Whichever career path I choose, I know that my degree in agricultural education will allow me to be successful in educating others about the importance of agriculture.
What are your professional goals? My most challenging goal is to help other people realize that you do not have to wear boots and be constantly occupied by tractors and crops to have an appreciation for the industry that sustains life -- the agriculture industry. This realization has encouraged me to obtain a degree and to travel across the United States and overseas to learn about the face of hunger and the need to be more aware of how to be effective in our agricultural pursuits. Through a ministry approach, I will be the voice of agriculture and the people it affects.
What are you looking forward to most about being a NAAE intern? I am looking forward to being in the professional environment and being able to see how the job gets done. Communications and agriculture are my passions and to be able to combine them is an incredible opportunity. I look forward to learning about new software and learning how to publicize professionally. It will also be exciting to be able to live in the city for a few months!
Name: Shelby Cooper
School: University of Illinois
Year in School: Senior
Hometown, State: Downs, Illinois
Why did you choose to major in agricultural education? I chose to major in agricultural education to reach high school students through agricultural applications. I have always valued education and I love how relatable the hands-on material is in agricultural education. I look forward to teaching science, communication, business, and leadership in an agricultural setting and introducing the possible career opportunities in agriculture to high school students!
What are your professional goals? My professional goal is to teach agriculture in a high school classroom. I intend to earn my master's degree in agricultural education while teaching as well.
What are you looking forward to most about being a NAAE intern? I am greatly looking forward to getting to know other interns and staff at NAAE, as well as seeing the city of Lexington! I am thankful for the opportunity to support agricultural educators with this national organization, and I hope to learn more about how to use the materials and connections available to me as a future teacher.
Name: Justin R. Hall
School: Mississippi State University
Year in School: Senior
Hometown, State: Molino, Florida
Why did you choose to major in agricultural education? I chose to major in agricultural education due to my personal experiences going through the curriculum in middle and high school and my upbringing on a family farm. Agricultural education has been a tremendous influence in my life and is one of the reasons I am the person I am today. My passion is educating young people, and I have a great love and respect for the AFNR industries; therefore a career as an agricultural educator is a natural choice for me.
What are your professional goals? After graduation from Mississippi State University, it is my goal to obtain a Master's degree in agricultural education (or a related field). Following graduate school, I will obtain an agricultural educator's position at the secondary level. There, I will strive to build a community-centered program using an approach that emphasizes all aspects of the agricultural education model as interdependent, equal parts. Through this position, I hope to impact the lives of students and support the agriculture industry.
What are you looking forward to most about being a NAAE intern? I am excited about the opportunity to interact with the members of the agricultural education profession and, most importantly, share my passion for agricultural education with the leaders of our country. It is my hope that this position will make me a better advocate for agricultural education and career and technical education. Also, on a more selfish note, I am looking forward to spending time in our nation's capital.
Teach Ag Intern
Name: Alan Green
School: Michigan State University
Year in School: Sophomore
Hometown, State: Hopkins, Michigan
Why did you choose to major in agricultural education? I've known since third grade that I wanted to be a teacher. As a ninth grader, I enrolled in plant science, and instantly fell in love with both the content and the context of the classroom. The authentic relationship that I was able to build with my agriculture teacher, Jessica Couch, ultimately inspired me to pursue this profession.
What are your professional goals? My professional goal is simple -- I want to teach. After graduating with a degree in agricultural education, I would love to return to the high school classroom and teach agriculture. Eventually, I'd like to transition to a postsecondary education institution and work as either an agricultural education or agricultural economics professor.
What are you looking forward to most about being a Teach Ag intern? I am so excited to learn more about NAAE and especially the Teach Ag Campaign. Seeing that my interest in agricultural education was sparked after visiting the Teach Ag Booth at National FFA Convention, I am excited to take in as much information as I can, so I can encourage other students to become agriculture teachers themselves. I am also very excited to meet NAAE members from across the nation, as well as explore the beautiful city of Lexington, Kentucky.
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