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Introduction: Tyler

Posted by Tyler Claypool Sep 18, 2015

Hello everyone!


My name is Tyler and I am currently majoring in Agriculture and Extension Education at Pennsylvania State University. I was raised on a small beef/crop operation in Western Pennsylvania where I began my journey in agriculture. Through FFA and 4-H, I began developing skills that I needed in life. Now I look forward to making an impact in students lives the way my adviser and other individuals made in mine. AEE100 is my first step in my journey!

Introduction: Tierra

Posted by Tierra Sep 18, 2015

Hello, my name is Tierra and I am currently a junior studying Agricultural Science! I love learning about environmental/agricultural topics, and want to work for the government someday if possible. This is my first year on this campus, and so far I am absolutely loving it! Everyone here is so nice and helpful! I hope we all have a great learning experience together. Thanks for reading!


Posted by Ben Sep 18, 2015

Hello everyone, my names Ben Frey and I'm currently a junior here at Penn State.  I never saw myself pursuing agriculture as a career until a few years ago when I went back to work on the farm, since then I haven't looked back.  Now I plan on majoring in Agricultural Science with a minor in agronomy.  I can't wait to go further in depth in Ag Ed with the rest of the class and our teacher Professor Rice!

Intro to Matthew Wagner

Posted by Matthew Wagner Sep 17, 2015



My name is Matthew Wagner and I am a freshman at Penn State University. I am majoring in Agricultural and Extension Education, with a planned minor in Agronomy. Agriculture is very important to me, I grew up and live on a beef farm. I also own a custom hay baling operation. I plan on becoming an agricultural education teacher in a high school so that I can spread my passion for agriculture. FFA and my high school Ag classes made a huge impact on and I cannot wait for the opportunity to impact students in the way that I was impacted by those organizations.

Hello All!


My name is Michala Kuhlman and I am a sophomore at Penn State University. I am studying Agricultural and Extension education, with a minor in International Agriculture. Agriculture, travel, and learning have been my deepest passions in life ever since I can remember. When it game to deciding what I wanted to do with the rest of my life there was no question that I wanted to share those passions with others as an agricultural educator. It is my dream to some day teach internationally and eventually return here to Pennsylvania. I cannot wait to be an educator to create an understanding of agriculture, develop the drive to learn, and hopefully instill a deep passion into my future students for our number industry. I look forward to my years here at Penn State to develop more as a person and as an educator. We Are!

Hi, I am Katrina Reiff, currently a Junior at Penn State University. I am majoring in Agricultural Science with a minor in agribusiness. My career goal is to work an put my knowledge into improving an understanding business's in the agriculture field. I want to also help an mentor students in youth organizations. I want to make an impact like my mentors an Agriculture advisors have done for me. I grew up around agriculture my entire life and grown a passion for agriculture. I want to help spread my knowledge an what I keep learning everyday to help impact youth. I can't wait to learn more about the NAAE.

My name is Danielle Johnson. I am a junior at Penn State University majoring in Agricultural and Extension Education with a minor in Horticulture. This is my first semester at University Park.  My goal is to student teach in the spring of 2017 and find a job after that teaching in a high school in Pennsylvania. I did not grow up on a farm or around agriculture, so my goal in teaching is to break down these misconceptions in my future classroom. My involvement in FFA in high school cultivated my interest in continuing my education in agriculture and helping spread the importance of agriculture to the future generations. I am excited to explore the depths of Agricultural Education and the resources available on the NAAE website.

Who is Erin Yoest?

Posted by Erin Yoest Sep 11, 2015

I am the only daughter in a family of five.


I loved to play softball, run cross country, and compete on a rifle team throughout my childhood (as well as showing livestock). I graduated from McGuffey High School and was a member of the chapter for 7 years. One of my passions in life is floral design. (Yes, I did make this!)



I also have a passion for horses. I am currently still improving on the barrel pattern. My dream is that one day I will travel across the country and compete at rodeos with a horse that I have trained myself. Right now I have a 13 year old quarter horse. He is the best four legged partner I have ever had.


I have had a busy summer. I took Chem 202, was a summer intern at the Penn State Extension-Washington County, and worked at a local dog boarding kennel. My summer internship was originally supposed to be one day a week, but by the end of the summer, I was working almost three. My job was to help Pam Paletta lead workshops for kids between the ages of 4-12. We traveled to day cares all over Washington County.



My ultimate goals after graduation may surprise everyone. As most of you know I will be leaving for boot camp on June 6, but graduating training is just a small step to my ultimate goal. About a year in on my career in the Marines, I want to tackle Officer Candidate School and The Basic School to become an officer in the Marine Corps. The coolest part is that I can still teach agriculture while in the reserves! I am super excited for my journeys to begin. It may take a couple more years to achieve, but those years will be worth it.


Who is Matt Holt

Posted by Matt Holt Sep 10, 2015

Hey everyone, my name is Matt Holt. I'm from a small town in Western PA called Brockway where I have lived forever. I am going to be student teaching in the spring at West Perry High School with Mr. John Hines and Mrs. Ayla Miller. I absolutely love to be outside doing everything from fishing and hunting, to hiking and just observing nature. If I could I would spend all of my time outside.


This first picture is one that I love. I pulled it off of my trail camera recently and it shows my favorite thing, the white-tail deer. If I could I would be spend all of time preparing for the season and actually hunting. Unfortunately there is only a few months for me to do everything I need to get done.


On top of Hunting and fishing, another thing you need to know about me is that family comes first. In some of my pictures you can see my two little cousins and my grandpa, these really are the most important people in my life. I couldn't be here without them.


The last thing you need to know about me is that I love trying new food. I tend to go out of my way when there is chance for me to try something I have never had before. While we were in Mississippi, I finally got the chance to try crawfish and I loved it.




I hope this helps you all get to know me better, and if you ever have any questions feel free to come and talk with me!tt

Who is Mason Tate

Posted by Mason Tate Sep 10, 2015

Check out the link attached below to get to know more about me.

Evelyn's Introduction

Posted by Evelyn Zaleski Sep 10, 2015

Hello all!  My name is Evelyn Zaleski and I am currently a junior studying Agricultural Extension and Education at Penn State!  This is my first semester at University Park, and I could not be more excited about all the opportunities that this campus has to offer!  I am currently a member of the Teach Ag! Society, and I am planning on becoming a member of the Penn State Grange organization.  Throughout my lifetime, I have been very involved in the outdoors seeing that I grew up on a small farm.  At a young age, I have been exposed to many different types of farm life, and as I continue to get older, I am still learning new things everyday.  I feel that my passion and purpose in life is to positively influence and teach others, and I can't wait to see what my remaining three semesters have in store for me.  Thanks for taking the time to read this, and I look forward to communicating with everyone on NAAE CoP!




I am a senior in Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences at the Pennsylvania State University with minors in Equine Science and Animal Science. In addition, I am also pursuing my Teacher’s Certification in Agriculture and Extension Education.

To help you get to know me a little better, I am sharing several things that are very important to me.


First, I am thankful to God for His daily love, care, guidance, and protection in my life. I am also very blessed with a great family, and I am the oldest of 5 children. I have an awesome full-time stay-at-home Mom who is my “go-to” when I need advice, encouragement, or when I just need to talk. My Dad is a full-time machinist, and a part-time farmer who works hard to provide for our family. My brother Wilson is now pursuing an Airplane Mechanics degree in Pittsburgh, and hopes to get his pilot’s license to fly for mission and disaster relief groups.  Justin, the middle child in our family, just started college at Allegheny Wesley College in Ohio to become a preacher. My sister Stacee is homeschooling this year, and is excited to have her driving permit; however, I must say riding with her driving certainly challenges my nerves at times… Carrie, the youngest, is the only one in the family with curly hair, full of mischief, and loves to craft projects and read books… she is also the true blonde of the family and gives us lots to chuckle about… If someone tells a joke, she silently and seriously listens while everyone else laughs… then 10-15 minutes later she will pipe up with “Oh, now I get it…” We just joke that it takes longer to get through all the kinks of her curly hair!  


Second, to say that I like dairy goats would be an understatement. We usually have between 25-40 dairy goats which we raise and milk with a bucket pail milking system. Last year we were milking around 16-18 does, but since the oldest three children are in college this year, we have drastically cut down our herd size and are currently only milking 6 does. The other milking does are currently being leased to a new and local goat dairy and creamery (I am super excited that some others are charting out a path for one of my future dreams to own and operate a large goat dairy)! My dog (formerly… a cute puppy) also helps out with barn chores by herding the goats and keeping them in their fence.

I also am working on training my 2yr.old Palomino Paint/Quarter Horse filly, when I have time, with the hopes of having a good trail riding horse. She is coming along nicely with groundwork… I just have to get the time and courage to move on to the next step of riding… Most thrilling to me is that fact that every time when I come home from school, and start to the barn, she whinnies and comes running up to greet me – she never forgets me no matter how long I am gone!


Finally, here is a “catch all” list of my hobbies, likes, favorite books, and interests… gardening, sewing, playing the flute and piano, photography, drawing (pencil & watercolors), horseback riding, flower arranging, canning jams and jellies, marinating and cooking meats, preparing fancy desserts, listening to A Capella hymns (w/ 4-part harmony), Pinterest,  Anne of Green Gables, Old Yeller, Little Women, The Secret Garden, Heidi, The Man Who Listens to Horses, and The Stranger Series by Al Lacy.


Posted by Rosalind Cowan Sep 9, 2015

     Hello everyone! My name is Rosalind Cowan and I am a sophomore majoring in AEE, and planning on minoring in Animal Science and INTAG. At Penn State, I am involved in the Teach Ag! Society, PSERT, and CRU. Growing up I have always loved the outdoors and animals, however, I was never involved in FFA or any other ag related clubs/organizations. Instead, I worked to ride at a horse farm near my home and during the summers I was also a counselor for a horse camp that was held there. It was there I realized how much I enjoyed teaching others. Two of my favorite high school teachers also helped me realize that teaching was a career I was interested in because they had influenced my life so positively and were such amazing role models. So, I decided to combine my love for animals and agriculture with my love of helping others/teaching and major in AEE.

     Besides Ag Ed and PSU, I love to spend time with my family, read, hunt, fish, hike, and travel. Can't wait to see what's in store for this year and looking forward communicating with you all on NAAE Communities of Practice!

Who Is Mike Swartwood

Posted by Mike Swartwood Sep 9, 2015


My name is Mike Swartwood and I am from a small town located in Northwest PA and I thoroughly enjoy spending time with my friends, family, and being outdoors doing anything that you can imagine someone from a small town doing.


Here is a picture of me, my brother, and my dad in Pittsburgh right before my brother left for the Army Basic Training at Fort Jackson. I am very proud of my little brother who decided to join the Army and serve our country! My dad has always been my hero and I have always looked up to him with the upmost respect because of his hard work ethic, how he always puts his kids first, his tough attitude, and his soft and caring side. If you really wanna know who I am/ strive to be, you would have to have a conversation with my "old man".



Here is a picture of where I would spend all of my time in the summer if I could. This picture was taken at the Kinzua Reservoir about 9 miles away from my house. All of my friends love to go boating, water ski, knee board, and tube (there is a picture of me knee boarding). This is one of my main hobbies and I would love to be able to stay around my hometown just for this vey reason. Some of you may know the song "As long as the grass shall grow" by Johnny Cash; the song was actually wrote about the Kinzua Reservoir. 





Here is a picture of me and my best friend jack with a whole string of trout that we caught one weekend near my house (no, we did not catch all of these; we legally had enough people to keep all of them). We hardly ever keep fish because we believe in catch and release; we were having a big fish fry for our friends and families and I filleted all of the fish and we had a get together at my friends camp. I enjoy to fish and ride around back roads with my friends talking about anything that comes to mind...



There is a description of me in a nutshell, I hope this post helped you have an understanding of who I am and I look forward to reading everyones posts about themselves!



Jenna Timmons

Who is Jenna Timmons

Posted by Jenna Timmons Sep 9, 2015

My name is Jenna Timmons and I am a senior at The Pennsylvania State University where I am studying Agricultural Extension and Education. I love many things in life, but to give you a glimpse of who I am, I will share with you three things that are dear to my heart.


1. First and foremost, I LOVE my family. I am definitely a family oriented person. I have two amazing parents that have and continue to guide and support me in every journey of life. I am blessed with an older brother who created and shared the best childhood memories with me. Additionally, I am blessed to have a younger sister who has taught me how to be sassy but beautiful. I also, have a handsome nephew who always brings a smile to my face. And lastly, I have a heart full of love, because of the man I am blessed to share life with.


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2. I love to bake and cook. One of my favorite parts of the day, is the time when i get to be in the kitchen. I love to cook everything from breakfast to dinner. However, my favorite meal is probably breakfast. In addition, I thoroughly enjoy baking! I love pretty much anything sweet and chocolate. I love spending my free time trying new recipes and sharing with my family.

apron.jpg3. I love flowers!! I love seeing flowers planted outside, I love seeing flower arranged in bouquets, I love receiving flowers, I love pictures of flowers, I just love flowers. I personally enjoy making fresh cut flower arrangements, but I also enjoy being outside and planting flowers in my flower beds. My favorite flowers are calla lilies and Gerbera daises, however all flowers make me happy! 


Those are just a few of the many, many things I love in life! If you want to know more about Jenna Timmons, feel free to ask.

My name is Samantha Sessamen, and I am an Agricultural & Extension Education major at the Pennsylvania State University. I am going to take a few minutes out of my busy schedule to write about who I am.


1. I love 4-H/Extension! I have been a member of 4-H since I was 8 years old, and I have been a 4-H leader since I aged out of the program. I feel that this organization is detrimental to our youth. I have grown exponentially from this program, and I know that this is a place where friendships, connects, and knowledge is built and expanded. I participated in many 4-H clubs as a youth including: market lamb, market goat, breeding sheep, horse performance, photography, and horse production. Below is a picture back in 2012 with my 4-H State Champion Saddle Type Pony Yearling Filly, Meeka (who is now a hyper 4 year old filly).

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2. Beagles and Bunnies. After I aged out of 4-H, we got our first Beagle puppy. In that time frame, I also started a rabbit project club in Blair County. Since that time, we have upgraded to two spoiled Beagles and quite a few rabbits. I am a member of ARBA (American Rabbit Breeders Association) and have shown at the local and national levels. I have been blessed to be able to show my rabbits all over the states of Pennsylvania, Marlyna, New York,  New Jersey, Ohio, West Virginia, and Texas. The Beagles always make the trip out to the rabbits barn with me, and they check on the kits and (gently) play with my brood does and show bucks. Pictured below is our Beagle, Duchess, next to my Grand Champion English Lop buck, Charmed's Apus (aka Monty).


3. Equestrian Sports. I am a member of the Penn State Equestrian Team, and proud. Our team is built of roughly 70 riders for the 2015-16 year. We practice every week on a different horse under the coaches Kristin and Kerry Kocher. Our team competes against other colleges such as Bucknell, Wilson, Susquehanna, and many others. Pictured below is myself competing at Briarwood Farms in New Jersey last year in the 2A division in December 2014 on a pony named Tina.


Hola! My name is Olivia Murphy-Sweet and I am a SENIOR at Penn State University majoring in Agricultural Extension and Education. Once you get to know me, you know that I am a complete goofball who loves to have fun, but of course can be a hard worker! I was asked to pick three things that represent me, and I want to share them with you!


1) I LOVE jumping out of airplanes. You must be reading and thinking this girl is crazy, but it has honestly been the best thing I have ever done. I love living life to the fullest and taking risks so this is just one of the ways that I can do that! I am now working onmy Category B section of my jumping license so if you see someone in the sky, it’s not Superman! 



2) My family and I are very close and they are all stellar rock stars. My mom is one of the hardest workers that I know and she has been a great role model for me and my two younger siblings.  My little brother (I know, not so little!) is a sophomore in college at the Naval Academy! Even though he can be quiet and shy, he is a genius.Last but not least, is my little sister. She is a 7th grader this year and man she has a lot of sass! But, I don’t blame her because she grew up with me as an older sister so I know where she got it from!



3) The last thing that you should know about me is that I love to travel! I have visited over 15 countries and the number is still growing! I enjoy it so much that I actually lived in Belize for a little over a month and did research for Penn State. There I met some of the nicest people and was able to create an amazing network of people!


Well that is me in a nutshell! If you have interests in any of these please reach out! Maybe jump out of a perfectly good airplane together? Who knows!

Who is Stacia Gouger?!

Posted by Stacia Gouger Sep 6, 2015

Hey everyone! I just thought I would share a little about myself and what makes me, ME!



1 - Here is a picture of me with some of the people that mean the absolute most to me. Family is a HUGE part of who I am. My sisters are in the picture and I'm very close with both of them. The good looking couple in the middle-ish left have been married for 23 years and happen to be my wonderful parents. On the right is my husband! I don't know what I would do if I didn't have all of these wonderful people in my life and the wonderful people that I call family and friends are definitely not limited to this one picture. Family makes me who I am and I try to always think about them in everything I do.



2- This isn't a picture I took, but I thought I would switch things up a bit. Not only do I drink almost exclusively milk, but the dairy industry is what really sparked my interest in agriculture and agricultural education. So, obviously it has a lot to do with who I am and how I got here - at Penn State! Originally I wanted to be a Vet, but I figured out it wasn't for me. Plus I worked at a dairy barn and raised bull calves which made me love dairy and agriculture more and more.



3 - My last picture is of me and my husband when I forced him to paint with me. We have only been married a little over a month now, but he is very important to me. The reason I chose this picture is because painting has become a huge part of my life as well. I think everyone can find out a bit about themselves and relieve some stress by painting or some other form of expression. This picture is a 2 in 1 - My husband helps form who I am as a person and so does the painting! Painting has made me stretch out of my comfort zone too, because I do not consider myself artistic or creative. I think you should push through being uncomfortable and just let go sometimes!



Family, Fun, and a little hard work thrown in can be a recipe for success. I've made it to Penn State because of the people and hobbies that have made me who I am and continue to support me every day. If you have any questions about who I am please never hesitate to ask!

Hi everyone! My name is Sarabeth Royer and I am a senior at Penn State studying Agricultural and Extension Education with minors in Animal Science and International Agriculture.


Growing up on a dairy and poultry farm in Lancaster County, PA, I am very passionate about the agriculture industry. My parents instilled in my four sisters and me the importance of sharing our "ag story" with others. I love working with people and in agriculture, and am very excited to be pursuing a career that combines both of these things! This Spring I will be student teaching at Athens Area High School with Mr. David Steinfelt. Three things you all should know about me...


1) I love my family!


I have four wonderful sisters and two hardworking, patient, and loving parents who all show me daily what it means to love and care for others. I honestly don't know what I would do without these incredible six people who enrich (and complicate!) and bless my life every single day.  My mother is a Respiratory Therapist/ Mother Extraordinaire, and my father is a proud Dairy and Poultry farmer. Alysha is a Pre-K teacher, Amanda is a nurse, Lindsay is a herdsman at another farm, Jen works on the home farm, and then, well then there is me! 


AND, I have a twin! Cool right, Lindsay aka Twin aka Twinsikin/Lindsikins is my best friend and confidant.



2) I love animals!


Growing up on a farm, there were so many lessons learned that I simply can't file in a book or write on a resume. Like how water, seeds, sunshine, dirt, sweat, hard work and planning can result in a growing field. of corn. Or the pain that comes from an animal passing, mixed with the joy of a newborn. Like the resilience it takes to stay out with a sick cow all night. Yeah, I have learned a lot of lessons on our farm, and our animals have always been an important part of my life.  This is one of my favorite cows, Rosie.



3) I love music!


I really enjoy listening to music, and different songs can either help set my mood, or complement my mood! I also really enjoy singing. In high school I played the French Horn and Oboe, and sang in the choir.



Thanks so much for reading!


Janae McMichael

Who Is... Janae Herr

Posted by Janae McMichael Sep 5, 2015

Hey there! My name is Janae Herr, born and raised in Southeastern Lancaster County I am now a senior at Penn State University where I am passionately pursuing a degree in Agriculture and Extension Education with minors in Agribusiness Management and International Agriculture. If you had to learn a little about me in three pictures this probably how that would go...


1. I am a Pinterest addict. There I said it. It's where I relieve stress, get inspired and dream.

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2. Give me the farm life. I am the fifth generation to work the land on Southview Farms. With a 55 head dairy, four houses of broiler chickens, crops (of which include) tobacco, there's rarely a dull moment at home. It undoubtedly is the place that made me the person I am today and is a huge reason why I chose Agriculture Education. **Side note, I LOVE Lancaster County sunrises and sunsets and there is no better place to capture them on the farm. But sometimes four-legged, bovine ladies get in the way.


3. My people. Two amazing parents that gave me those two wild little sisters you see there and a good Lord who blessed me with a boyfriend who knows me better then my self most days. Basically, I'm just really blessed.


Katie Ranck

Who is Katie Andrews?

Posted by Katie Ranck Sep 4, 2015

My name is Katie Andrews and I am in my super senior year at Penn State University majoring in Agricultural and Extension Education. I was born and raised in Lancaster County on my family's poultry and crop farm. I am an alumni of the 4-H and FFA programs in addition to actively being involved in athletics. A few of the best experiences I have had at Penn State have included: being a member on the Penn State Women's Field Hockey, participating and dancing on stage at Penn State's Dance Marathon, being a member of Teach Ag! Society and Collegiate FFA, and working with the LifeLink PSU program.  To cap off my Penn State career I will be student teaching in the Spring of 2016 at Big Spring High School in their agricultural education program. Below are three things that are a HUGE part of who I really am:


1. My Family: Not only do I get my personality and characteristic traits from these five goons but our "team" (as my dad calls us) has always been and always will be my support and inspiration.



2. Athletics: My family away from home has always been my teammates. Athletics has developed me to be a competitor, relentless, and tenacious, in addition to many other characteristics, but more importantly, has also introduced me to some of the most talented and special people I have ever met. After completing my athletic career, I started coaching and have found fulfillment and energy in doing so.

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3. Sparkplug: Since I was once called this in an article, I have taken pride in wanting to be the spark plug in everything I do. I strive to be an activator and initiator with enthusiasm, positivity, and passion.


Hello Ag Ed Community! My name is Miranda Kane. I am a junior at Penn State University studying none other than Agricultural Education. Growing up, I was never really around a lot of agriculture, so it wasn't until I stepped through the doors of my high school agricultural sciences class that I truly understood what agriculture means. Since then, I have been active in the FFA, and have learned so much about agriculture and leadership. I also taught a 4-H summer camp the summer of 2015, giving me a diversified experience in other agricultural youth programs. Each of these experiences has allowed me to fine-tune my true passion which is motivating and educating youth about the importance of agriculture and service. My hope is to connect with several of the followers on the NAAE blog site to grow into the most well-rounded and prepared Ag Ed teacher I can possibly be. Eagerly awaiting the interactions to come!


Posted by Heather Wasson Sep 2, 2015

My name is Heather Wasson, and I am a sophomore taking AEE 100 this semester.  I am majoring in Agriculture and Extension Education because I have a passion for agricultural education.  Throughout my life, I have been involved in many great youth programs that work to teach people about agriculture, such as 4-H, FFA, PA Jr. Holstein Association, Pennsylvania Dairy Princess and Promotion Services, Grange and Young Farmers (NYFEA).  I hold a great passion for dairy cattle from growing up on my family's dairy farm.  I can not wait to connect with people who share similar interest in Agriculture Education through the NAAE Communities of Practice.

An introduction

Posted by Emily Isaacs Sep 1, 2015

Hello! My name is Emily Isaacs and I am a junior majoring in Environmental Resource Management. I am from Pittsburgh, PA and am enrolled in AEE 100 this semester, taught by Dr. Laura Rice and Ms. Janae Herr. After I earn my bachelor's degree, I plan to pursue teaching in graduate school.

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