We are so excited to announce this year's interns who will be joining us this summer in the areas of advocacy, communications, professional development, and Teach Ag. We are looking forward to working with and know each of them during their time at NAAE this year.
Name: Perry Harlow
School: Illinois State University
Year in School: First year Graduate student
Hometown, State: Kinsman, Illinois
Why did you choose to major in agricultural education? This is actually a very interesting story. I never planned on taking an agriculture class in high school until my sister's best friend told me to come down to the Illinois State FFA Convention and watch her receive her State Degree. If anyone knows anything about Illinois' FFA Convention, I like to compare it to a mini-version of National FFA Convention. The lights were awesome and everyone was excited to be there! I wanted to have that same feeling, so I decided to enroll in an agriculture class my freshman year and I was hooked.Towards my senior year, I realized that my FFA advisors, Jeff Maierhofer and Kent Weber, really impacted my life in a positive way and I wanted to do the same for other students. That is how I became hooked on agricultural education.
What are your professional goals? Most people think they know what they want to do in life after they receive their Bachelor's degree, but for me that is not the case. I would either like to teach for 8-10 years and then go back to school to receive my Ph.D. in agricultural education and become a college professor, or work in the industry for a couple of years and then go back to school and receive a Ph.D. in educational policy, but right now, I am taking it day by day.
What are you looking forward to most about being an intern? I am very excited about the networking possibilities I will have in Washington, DC. These people will be great connections for future references. Another thing I am excited about is to tell supporters of ag education and career and technical education about my story of wanting to major in agricultural education and how agricultural education and FFA have changed my life dramatically.
Name: Isaiah Govea
School: The University of Arizona
Year in School: Senior
Hometown, State: Phoenix, AZ
Why did you choose to major in agricultural education? I chose to major in agricultural education because my time in agriculture classes had a huge impact on my life and I want to impact students' lives in a similar way. I am very passionate about both students and agriculture and I want to spread knowledge to the next generation.
What are your professional goals? My goal is to become the best agricultural educator that I can be. I want to continue growing throughout my career, so that I can always be bringing my students the best practices and most recent developments in agriculture.
What are you looking forward to most about being an intern? I am looking forward to interacting with current agricultural educators from all around the country and being able to talk with them about what they do. I am also looking forward to getting a closer look at NAAE and all of the great things that are being done for agricultural educators through them.
Name: Abby Lohman
School: Oregon State University
Year in School: Senior
Hometown, State: Bow, Washington
Why did you choose to major in agricultural education? I have always wanted to work in the agriculture field because I grew up on my parents' vegetable seed operation, but I'm not ready to be running a farm. Agricultural education marries my love for agriculture with working with youth and creates a perfect balance of the industry I love and getting to teach others about it.
What are your professional goals? I envision my future classroom will not only foster a greater understanding and appreciation for the agricultural world, but will inspire youth to consider careers in the agriculture industry. It is my goal to expose young adults to the opportunities our industry has to offer. I dream of a future where the general public knows more about where their food comes from and can then make informed decisions in their daily lives, whether at the grocery store or when guiding public policy that can drastically impact our industry.
What are you looking forward to most about being an intern? I am looking forward to networking with other ag education professionals and expanding my communication skills, while learning about the support systems available for agriculture teachers to build and update curriculum, network with other educators, and support their youth programs.
Name: Emily Burns
School: The Ohio State University
Year in School: Senior
Hometown, State: Baltimore, OH
Why did you choose to major in agricultural education? I decided to major in agricultural education because I had a lot of great ag teachers that encouraged me to become involved in the agriculture industry and gave me a great high school experience. I want to do the same for the future groups of students in my own classroom.
What are your professional goals? My professional goals are to move back to Ohio and become a high school agriculture teacher. I would like to have students succeed in every aspect of the FFA and become a major part of the agriculture industry.
What are you looking forward to most about being an intern? I am looking forward to everything! I am excited to get to work with NAAE to do all the professional development for the current teachers and learn from them as well to help me in my future career.
Name: Tabitha Hudspeth
School: Arkansas Tech University
Year in School: Sophomore
Hometown, State: Brookland, Arkansas
Why did you choose to major in agricultural education? I chose to major in agricultural education because I love getting to teach people about something I am so passionate about. I grew up showing livestock and started taking agriculture classes when I was in 8th grade and I fell in love with everything agriculture-related. I am continually amazed by the advancements the agriculture industry is making and I hope to be able to pass some of my adoration for agriculture on to my students.
What are your professional goals? After I graduate with my Bachelor's in Agricultural Education, I want to obtain my Masters in Agricultural Communications. I hope to eventually get a job designing agriculture curriculum and professional development, or working for an organization that either teaches agriculture in a non-traditional sense or advocates for agricultural education.
What are you looking forward to most about being an intern? The thing I am looking forward to the most about this internship is being able to meet people from across the country and learn about the unique ways that each school is teaching its students about agriculture.
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