August 2012 Teach Ag Times- First Impressions

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August 2012—First Impressions

The start of a new school year gives you the opportunity to reinvent yourself while discovering
new things. You will meet new people and travel to new places. Every new interaction is a chance to show your best self and leave a positive impression. You never know whom you will
meet and how they will impact your life, so make it count!


Making a Great First Impression

• Smile genuinely. People can tell when you are faking it.


• Look people directly in the eye in a welcoming way. This helps put people at ease.


• Make an effort to connect on a personal level with new people, avoid the stereotypical
weather and daily monotony conversations. Ask about hobbies, travels, and passions.


• Stay away from conversations that cause people to take a defensive approach such as
religion, politics, and controversial news. These are not topics for an initial meeting.


• Steer clear of heavy perfumes and lotions. You want to smell good without being
offensive. Make sure you wash your hands after applying scented lotions.


• What you wear matters. Everything from your shoes, jewelry, cell phone cover, and
make-up say something about you. Make sure it is portraying you accurately.


• Use body language that is welcoming. Arms open, smiling, eyes alert and good posture
all convey confidence.


• Know what you know and admit what you don’t. People respect others who can admit
they still have things to learn.


• Leave the encounter on a positive note. “It was really nice to meet you.” “I enjoyed our
conversation.” “I’m looking forward to visiting with you again soon.”


• If appropriate, leave a business card with the person and ask them for one as well.


• Send a follow-up note within a couple of days of meeting. Be sure to include something
specific to the meeting to show you value their time.

Affiliate Organizations:

Agriculture Future of America (AFA)
Join over 500 other students at the 2012 AFA Leaders Conference to network with professionals and learn skills that you need to thrive as a leader in today’s agriculture industry. To learn more about Agriculture Future of America (AFA) and the 2012 AFA Leaders Conference and to apply for sponsorship click here. Applications are due September 7.

Collegiate FFA
The 2012-2013 Collegiate Ag Ambassadors were recently selected. The Ag ambassadors receive two weeks of training from agriculture professionals so they are prepared to spread the agriculture message. Applications for the 2013-2014 ambassadors will be available this spring. Congratulations to the 2012-2013 Ag ambassadors: Catherine Whitney-Utah, Samuel Tauchen-Wisconsin, Melissa Keyes-Nebraska, Haley Schulz- Michigan, Jenna Byers-Delaware, John Tate Bauman-Wyoming, Brandon Smith-Illinois, Jordyn Coon-Oregon, Kylah Reynolds-Oregon, Samantha Paschal-Indiana, Haley Cobb-Tennessee, Jessica Milstein-Colorado, Mollie Wilken-Nebraska, Gracie Weinzierl-Illinois, Breanne Brammer-Missouri, Jillian Gordon-Pennsylvania, Brett Monson-South Dakota, Elizabeth Eastep- North Carolina, Mollie Dykes-Arkansas, Anna Leigh Peek-Alabama.

Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences (MANRRS)
MANRRS is a national society that promotes and fosters the involvement of minorities in agriculture, natural resources, and related sciences fields and is made up of a national office with chapters established at various colleges and universities across the United States. The 2013 National MANRRS conference will be held March 21-23 in Sacramento, CA.

National FFA Organization
Are you a current or former Agricultural Education student/FFA member? Take a few minutes and share your story with the National FFA Organization through the CONNECT campaign here.



Why I love being an ag teacher:

  • I love helping others.
  • I love being creative with what I do everyday.
  • I love teaching students about things they have never heard about.


Scholarship season will be starting up again soon. Take time now to get your resume and references in order so you are not rushing at the last minute.
USDA Scholarships
USDE Teaching Related Programs Financial Aid and Incentives

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Read it and live it with the A Day in the Life Blog Series. A new set of agriculture teacher bloggers will start in September. The bloggers share personal stories about their daily lives. They give you some insight into what it is really like to be an agriculture teacher. Take a moment and read some of the most popular entries from the past year.


Teach Ag Ambassador Spotlight

The National Teach Ag Ambassador program utilizes the talent of future agriculture teachers
across this country. The Teach Ag Ambassadors serve a one-year term. During their term
the ambassadors work the Teach Ag booth during the National FFA Convention and represent
agricultural education at various events. Anyone who is majoring in agricultural education and
is a current NAAE student member is eligible to serve as an ambassador. Ambassadors are
selected annually in the spring.

brandon sours

Brandon Sours

New Mexico State University
Las Cruces, New Mexico
Agricultural Education Graduate Student
Originally from Forrest, New Mexico

Advice to potential agriculture education majors?
Remind yourself often that you have chosen a profession
that will not only have a profound impact on a student’s life, but on your own as well. Commit yourself to excellence and develop an attitude that refuses to accept anything less than your best.

What are you most looking forward to about being an ag teacher?
Ag teachers have theunique task of helping others find their passion and make a difference, and I am excited to help students embrace available opportunities so that they can discover their career goals. I look forward to encouraging my students in times of doubt and uncertainty and rooting for them as they gain success.

What influenced you to become an agriculture teacher?
I grew up in a family devoted to agricultural education, as both my parents and oldest sister are ag teachers in my state. My college advisor, knowing this about my past, helped me realize that the “family tradition” of teaching ag was the right choice for me.

What do you like the best about the Ag Ed degree program at New Mexico StateUniversity?
NMSU Agricultural and Extension Education (AXED) uses Tim Elmore’s values-
based book series, “Habitudes” as course instruction. The lessons learned in “Habitudes” helps NMSU students discover a greater sense of purpose for their lives and that leadership is truly influence. This type of instruction is rare in a college setting and students appreciate the unique, interactive environment found in “Habitudes”.


A thousand words will not leave so deep an impression as one deed.” Henrik Ibsen









The National Teach Ag Campaign is a project of the National Council for Agricultural Education, led by the National Association of Agricultural Educators. For more information, visit the Teach Ag website.

Funding for the National Teach Ag Campaign is provided by the CHS Foundation and Landmark Nurseries as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.