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2018 Teacher Candidate Showcase

PENN STATE AGRICULTURAL EDUCATION CELEBRATING 103 YEARS OF CREATING POSITIVE AGENTS OF CHANGE


TABLE OF CONTENTS

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Preface

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Program Vision

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Program Faculty/Staff

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Program Core Values

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Get Connected!

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Endorsements

Candidate Profiles


PREFACE @TeachAgPSU develops agriscience teachers who are prepared to teach where learners are in need.Â

Shown here: 2018 PSU Agricultural Education Teacher Candidates #psuaged18

At Penn State, we firmly believe that the premier educational delivery system in the nation today is a total agricultural education program that encompasses dynamic classroom instruction, youth leadership development through a Career and Technical Student Organization (FFA) and Laboratory/Work-Based Experiential Education (SAE). A school-based secondary agricultural education program that delivers on those components will have a positive impact on student achievement. Just as the fastest race car needs a reliable driver, the greatest program, needs a capable leader to provide direction. The single most important element to the success of any education program is the teacher. We are pleased to offer you this teacher candidate profile book to introduce you to our 2018 agricultural teacher candidates who are prepared and excited to embrace the challenge of making a positive difference in the lives of students through agricultural education.

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Please contact us if we can be of assistance or if you have any questions regarding our teacher preparation program. Developing great agricultural teachers is something we take incredible pride in. Yours in quality education,

Dr. Daniel Foster Student Teacher Coordinator foster@psu.edu 814.863.0192 @FosterDanielD Dr. John Ewing Undergraduate Program Coordinator jce122@psu.edu 814.863.7463 @jce122 Dr. Kevin Curry Teacher Educator kevincurry@psu.edu 814.863.7069 @kevinwcurry


PSU Agriscience Teacher Preparation Program Vision: To develop digitally-literate, globally minded 21st century positive agents of change for agricultural education.

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CORE VALUES @TEACHAGPSU

The Penn State Agriscience Teacher Education Program cultivates and values agriscience teachers who are: Philosophically sound in career technical education principles and the three component model of agricultural education including applied STEM classroom instruction, work-based learning (Supervised Agricultural Experience), and the leadership laboratory of youth organizations (FFA) .

Inclusive of ALL students and value diversity in their classrooms. Skilled in technical agricultural science content knowledge. Prepared to utilize effective pedagogical methods to successfully plan, implement, and assess agriscience instruction to impact student learning. Reflective practitioners devoted to lifelong learning. Servant-leaders in the classroom, school, and community. Committed to the engagement of external stakeholders in a purposeful, systematic process for enhanced student, school, and community success.

Committed, life-long members of a professional learning community prepared to integrate cross-curricular learning opportunities.

Dedicated to academic proficiency while prioritizing the scholastic growth of all students.

Digitally-literate, connected educators who are progressive in adopting appropriate technologies to advance professional growth and student learning.

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ENDORSEMENTS “As a district that was beginning a new agriculture program, the quality of the teacher we brought on board to lead the launch was critically important. We could not be more pleased! Penn State produced a consummate professional with great depth of knowledge and is highly engaged with our community. She came out of the gate fully prepared to lead her students and our program exceptionally well. Bravo PSU AG!” - Timothy Morgan, Assistant Superitendent - Wayne Highlands School District Kayla Hack, 2017 Graduate

"My time in the Penn State Teach Ag! Program gave me the confidence and skills to start a new program. The experiences and the high standards with every assignment and every experience gave me a set of skills and useable documents and experiences to use with students.  I think what I appreciate the most is the opportunities we had to partner and hear from experienced agriculture teachers and time to ask questions from our professors and peers. The community and rapport Penn State creates has led to a professional network I know I can continue to reach out to."  

"I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to travel across the country and across the world and there’s one thing that I found all places have in common: none of them train educators the way that Penn State does. Because of Penn State’s staff, resources, and curriculum I walk into my classroom every day feeling confident and knowing that I am equipped to handle any situation thrown my way."

"Britney is a well a prepared educator in the field of Agriculture that pushes her students not only in technical skills but also in academic studies. Britney has tools in her toolbox to become a great teacher with experience.  Britney has shown the ability to move a FFA chapter to the next level with student involvement."

Britney Marsh, 2014 Graduate

“The teacher preparation program for Agriculture Educators at Penn State University equips teacher candidates with not only skills and knowledge but practical experiences through traveling domestically and internationally, organizational involvement, in-field experiences, digital presence and communication, and an excellence in professionalism. The program’s demand for excellence encourages and allows for exponential growth if actively engaged in.” Katie Ranck, 2016 Graduate

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- Charles Benton, Director of Career Education and Academic Services Dover Area School District

"Katie is, by far, the most prepared Ag/Science teacher we have ever had on our staff. Her lesson plans are thorough and she integrates “science” to the Ag course offerings that she teaches. In my years of education, I have never come across an Ag teacher who teachers experimental research quite like she does...it’s so impressive!." - Matthew Sanger,  Principal  Garden Spot High School


SPEAK ALOUD "My agriculture teacher, Ms. Appleman, has made a huge impact not only on my school career but on my life altogether. I am truly grateful for being a part of her class." - Kia Grimes, student

2014 Graduate, Mackenzie Appleman Columbia-Montour AVTS

"Since Ms. Rippole has started her teaching career at Derry, I have found my passion for agricultural education. The enthusiasm she brings to our program is sure to recruit new students into the a agriculture and horticulture courses." - Sierra Bateman, student

"Ms. McMichael is a phenomenal shop teacher. She is an amazing female leader who inspires me to become a better student as well as a better FFA member. Her impact in the classroom and our chapter is truly irreplaceable."  - Mikayla Miller, student

2016 Graduate, Janae McMichael Lampeter-Strasburg High School

2015 Graduate, Carly Rippole Derry High School

ENDORSEMENTS FROM STUDENTS! Students of PSU TeachAg graduates share their sentiments

"Mr. Masser is an illustrative teacher. His teaching method works, and he is fair. He gave all students equal opportunity to succeed in his classroom." - Anthony Awan, student

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2013 Graduate, Douglas Masser Pequea Valley High School


"Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game." Babe Ruth

ALLYSON BALMER COOPERATING CENTER: TRI-VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL COOPERATING TEACHER: MS. GRETCHEN DINGMAN UNIVERSITY SUPERVISOR: DR. KEVIN CURRY

Why Teach Agriculture?

abalmer615@gmail.com

@allyson_balmer

I am an agricultural educator by choice and not by chance. I am dedicated to the development and growth of current and future generations of leaders in our communities, country, and world. I am instilled with a passion to use agricultural education as a vehicle to develop students who are critical thinkers, positive agents of change, and lifelong learners dedicated to the advancement and advocacy of agriculture. It is my greatest desire as an agricultural educator to make a lasting impact on our nation's youth, so that they can go forth and be positive and successful members of society, wherever they may go.

https://abalmer615.wixsite.com/agricationstation

https://www.linkedin.com/in/allysonbalmer

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Education

Allyson Balmer

B.S., Agricultural & Extension Education, The Pennsylvania State University A.A., General Studies, Harrisburg Area Community College H.S. Diploma, Manheim Central High School,  Manheim, PA

Relevant Experiences Lebanon County 4-H Dairy Club Leader Shaver's Creek Outdoor School Camp Counselor Southeast Agricultural Research and Extension Center Research Assistant Penn State Extension Crop Technician Penn State Domestic Study Away - Wisconsin 2017 Future Agriscience Teacher Symposium Participant 2017 National Agriscience Preservice Teacher Program Participant Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education Institute Natural Resources and Ecology

Professional Organizations National Association of Agricultural Educators Pennsylvania Association of Agricultural Educators Association for Career and Technical Education  Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society

Professional Certifications CPR/First Aid/AED National Safe Tractor and Machinery Operator Community Instructor Youth Quality Care of Animals (YQCA) Pennsylvania Private Pesticide Applicators License Pennsylvania Public Pesticide Applicators License Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE) Institute - Natural Resources and Ecology ServSafe Food Handler Sheep Safety and Quality Assurance National Accredited Registered Parliamentarian

Activities, Awards & Honors Awards/Honors: 2014 DEKALB Agricultural Accomplishment Award PA FFA Keystone Degree Recipient National FFA American Degree Recipient Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences Scholarship Recipient National Association of Agricultural Educators Upper Division Scholarship Recipient Pennsylvania Farm Show Scholarship Recipient Farm Credit Foundation for Agricultural Advancement Scholarship Recipient Agricultural and Extension Education September Student of the Month Activities: Penn State Collegiate FFA Reporter Penn State Teach Ag! Society Penn State Grange #2105 Penn State Dairy Science Club

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Ideal Future Program My ideal agricultural education program is dedicated to developing each student to their fullest potential through the three-circle model of classroom and laboratory instruction, supervised agricultural experiences, and the leadership platform of FFA. I look forward to a program where hands-on and contextual learning are coupled with relevant and rigorous curriculum to best prepare students for the workforce, trade school, or post-secondary education. My students will have the opportunity to take part in applied STEM education that is rooted in agriculture, but connected across school curriculum. Lastly, I desire a program that is dedicated to fulfilling community needs, but strives to provide every student a global perspective and understanding that transcends the agricultural industry.

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"The mind is like a parachute, it only works when it's open." Frank Zappa

ANGELA BECKER COOPERATING CENTER: MANHEIM CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL COOPERATING TEACHER: MS. DEB SEIBERT UNIVERSITY SUPERVISOR: DR. DANIEL FOSTER

Why Teach Agriculture? Although my Penn State journey began in the Animal Science major I eventually recognized my love for education, communication, and personal interaction. Upon this realization, I switched my major to Agricultural and Extension Education and could not be more excited for what my future holds.

amb6334@gmail.com

@BeckerAngelaM

I want to teach agriculture so that I can share my passion for all things “ag” with the next generation. In doing this, I will develop agriculturally literate consumers who maintain a hunger for life long learning. With the 21st century skills that are gained in my classroom, students will be prepared to succeed in any career field that they enter!

https://inchestoacresteachingtogrow.blogspot.com

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Angela Becker Education B.S., Agricultural & Extension Education, The Pennsylvania State University; Minor: Animal Science H.S. Diploma, Brownsville Area High School, Brownsville, PA

Relevant Experiences

Professional Organizations Pennsylvania Association of Agricultural Educators National Association of Agricultural Educators Association for Career and Technical Education American National Cattlewomen Pennsylvania Farm Bureau, Fayette County Chapter Pennsylvania Young Farmers and Ranchers District 16

Grew up on family farm raising beef cattle, sheep, Boer goats and chickens Pennsylvania 4-H member for 11 years Student Employee at the Penn State Meats Laboratory Operations Intern at Cargill Beef in Dodge City, Kansas Intern at Windmill Cattle Feeders in Elba, Nebraska Participant in the Teach Ag! Society Domestic Study Away to Wisconsin

Activities, Awards & Honors 2017 PAAE Scholarship awardee 2017 NAAE Upper Division Scholarship awardee 2017 February Agricultural and Extension Education Student of the Month 2017 NAAE Future Agriscience Teacher Program Participant 2016 Penn State Livestock Judging Team Member 2015 Penn State Meat Judging Team Member 2014 Pennsylvania Farm Show Scholarship awardee Penn State Collegiate Cattlewomen Member My ideal future program is one that fully Penn State Block and Bridle Member utilizes the 3-circle model. The combination Penn State Collegiate FFA Member of classroom and laboratory instruction, Penn State Teach Ag! Society Member supervised agricultural experiences, and the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences Dean’s List Recipient learning laboratory of FFA will guide

Ideal Future Program

Professional Certifications ServSafe Food Handler Certification National Safe Tractor and Machinery Operation Program (NSTMOP) Certification American Red Cross First Aid/CPR/AED Certification Youth for the Quality Care of Animals Certification National Accredited Registered Parliamentarian

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students to success. I look forward to working with supportive administration and community members that recognize the importance of a strong agriscience program. I hope to teach a wide selection of courses including but not limited to agricultural leadership, plant science, animal science, and agricultural mechanics. Within these classes a variety of instructional methods will be used to maintain student engagement and scientific rigor.

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"Little by little, one travels far." J.R.R. Tolkien

ROSALIND COWAN COOPERATING CENTER: PENN MANOR HIGH SCHOOL COOPERATING TEACHER: MR. NEIL FELLENBAUM UNIVERSITY SUPERVISOR: DR. JOHN EWING

Why Teach Agriculture?

rgcowan1606@gmail.com

@cowan_rosalind https://rosalindcowan.blogspot. com

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I was not involved in secondary Agricultural Education or 4-H growing up. However, I have always loved learning about animals and worked to ride on a local horse farm all through middle/high school. I started off my career at PSU majoring in Animal Science, but then I discovered that I could major in Agricultural and Extension Education. I want to teach agriculture because I want all students to know they have a place in agriculture, whether that means having a career in ag or being an informed consumer. I want to teach agriculture because I believe that the agricultural education model provides opportunities for all students to learn, gain career skills, and grow into the best leaders they can be. I am passionate about science, and by teaching agriculture I will be able to provide students a more applicable way to learn STEM topics through hands-on, inquiry-based experiences. The global agriculture industry has major challenges to face in the coming years, and I want to teach agriculture to help grow the leaders who will solve those challenges.

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Rosalind Cowan Education B.S., Agricultural & Extension Education, The Pennsylvania State University; Minors: Animal Science, International Agriculture H.S. Diploma, Bald Eagle Area High School,  Wingate, PA

Relevant Experiences Undergraduate Research: Barriers and Opportunities for Agricultural Work-based Learning in Tasmania, Australia Science-U Curriculum Mentor Shaver's Creek Outdoor School Counselor PA State FFA Activities Week Assistant

Activities, Awards & Honors

Ideal Future Program My ideal future program is committed to the threecircle model of agricultural education by providing classroom/laboratory instruction, supervised agricultural experiences, and leadership development through FFA. My ideal program will consist of rigorous courses in Animal Science, Plant/Soil Science, Food Science, and Agricultural Mechanics that meet community needs. I envision student-centered classrooms full of hands-on, inquiry-based learning activities and experiments. I also desire to integrate global learning into the classes that I teach and broaden students' perspectives of our world through an agriculture lens. Ideally, all of my students will gain necessary career skills by participating in a Supervised Agricultural Experience, as well as develop leadership skills by participating in the student-run organization FFA.  

National Association of Agricultural Educators Upper Division Scholarship Recipient Pennsylvania Association of Agricultural Educators 2017 Scholarship Recipient Penn State Teach Ag! Society President 2017 Domestic Study Away to Wisconsin Chair 2016 Teach Ag! Essay Contest Chair Alpha Tau Alpha member Dean's List: Spring 2015 - Fall 2017 2016 ATA Individual Essay Contest winner

Professional Certifications CPR/AED/First Aid National Safe Tractor and Machinery Operation Program ServSafe Food Handler

Professional Organizations Pennsylvania Association of Agricultural Educators National Association of Agricultural Educators Association for Career and Technical Education

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“I’m more interested in arousing enthusiasm in kids than in teaching the facts. The facts may change, but that enthusiasm for exploring the world will remain with them the rest of their lives.” Seymour Simon

GEORGE DIETRICH COOPERATING CENTER: CUMBERLAND VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL COOPERATING TEACHER: MS. DARLA ROMBERGER UNIVERSITY SUPERVISOR: DR. DANIEL FOSTER

Why Teach Agriculture? With a growing nation further removed from the farm generation by generation it is important that students see where their food comes from. It is also important that students understand that modern agriculture is a science and as a result needs to be taught as such.  It is important gdietrich54@gmail.com to me to teach agriculture because I want to show students that do not have a background in agriculture what this industry truly is like. I believe that education is the greatest tool that any individual can be given and agriculture @TheGeorge4H education is one of the best ways to present that tool. Agriculture utilizes all aspects of a well-rounded education in a manner which students will find challenging and https://fromgreenblazers2bluecorduroy exciting.  As an agriculture teacher, I will get to work with these students not just as a teacher but also as a mentor saged.blogspot.com and advisor. This opportunity will encourage students to pursue their dreams which for some may be to find more https://www.linkedin.com/in/georgeways to scientifically improve the agricultural industry, dietrich-48023494 which is something I feel would be great to do.  I want to be an agriculture educator not by chance, but by my choice to empower tomorrow’s future leaders. 

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George Dietrich Education B.S., Agricultural & Extension Education, The Pennsylvania State University B.S., Food Science, The Pennsylvania State University

Professional Organizations National Association of Agricultural Educators Pennsylvania Association of Agricultural Educators Alpha Tau Alpha Honorary Fraternity Delta Theta Sigma Social-Professional Agricultural Fraternity

H.S. Diploma, Wilson High School,  West Lawn, PA

Relevant Experiences Pennsylvania State 4-H Officer Berks County, 4-H Summer Assistant Clinton County, 4-H Summer Assistant Center for Professional Development, Teach Ag Chat Intern Center of Professional Development, Parli Pro LDE Coordinator   Center for Professional Development, Ag Avengers Team Cargill Inc. Quality Assurance Intern Future Agriscience Teacher Symposium (FAST Symposium)  2017 National FFA Convention Pre-Service Teacher Inquiry Based Instruction Workshop

Activities, Awards & Honors Delta Theta Sigma Social-Professional Agricultural FraternityChapter President, Chapter Treasurer, Chapter Secretary Teach Ag Society Club Vice-President of Membership Development, Club Treasurer Dairy Science Club - Cheese Box Chair Ag Advocate (2 years) Penn State Coaly Honor Society Initiated Fall 2014 Outstanding AEE Student of the Month June 2016 Frank S. & Nina Cobb Scholarship Recipient Fall 2016 Alpha Tau Alpha Honorary Fraternity Initiated Fall 2016 Outstanding AEE Student of the Month March 2017

Ideal Future Program My ideal future program utilizes classroom and laboratory instruction, premier leadership and career development growth, and supervised agricultural experiences in a manner which not only benefits the local community but also the futures of all of the students. In my classroom I want students to be able to ask questions, make observations, and determine their own results about agricultural sciences. I want students to be able to make connections of agricultural sciences to the general sciences, the advancement of technology, engineering principles, and the mathematics as they explore the usage of STEM in agricultural sciences. I want my students to feel welcome in my classroom where my room during my own lunch and prep periods also becomes a second cafeteria for my students.  I want my program to not only reflect the local agricultural industry but to also reflect the state, nation, and world’s agricultural industries as well. When my students leave my program I want them to feel like they can do almost anything in the agricultural industry anywhere. I want to provide to my students in my program a curriculum which makes them feel like they can do almost anything.  

Professional Certifications First Aid & CPR/AED Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (21 yr old) ServSafe - Food Handler ServSafe - Allergens National Safe Tractor and Machinery Operation The Accredited Parliamentarian (AP) Credential

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"Nobody cares how much you know, until they know how much you care." Theodore Roosevelt

MACY FISHER COOPERATING CENTER: SELINSGROVE HIGH SCHOOL COOPERATING TEACHER: MS. VALERIE FRY UNIVERSITY SUPERVISOR: DR. KEVIN CURRY

Why Teach Agriculture?

fisher.macyj@gmail.com

@macy_fisher

Growing up on my family’s dairy farm, I knew I always wanted to be part of the agriculture industry but it wasn’t until the 9th grade that I knew exactly what I wanted to do which was teach agriculture. I watched my high school agriculture teacher daily, help students to develop the necessary skills to be successful beyond high school and helped them to find their true passions in life.  I knew I wanted to do the same!  Now that I am about to go out into the world, I know that this job is perfect for me as I want to have a job where I get to teach students about agriculture literacy and how to feed our growing world.  By teaching agriculture, I am able to do just that plus, I get to have fun watching students learn new things every day through experiential learning!  I have known for a long time that I wanted to teach agriculture but now I know that I can!  

https://macysmoments.blogspot.com

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Macy Fisher Education B.S., Agricultural & Extension Education, The Pennsylvania State University - Dean's List Recipient H.S. Diploma, Mount Union Area High School,  Mt. Union, PA

Relevant Experiences Grew up on family owned and operated dairy farm Active member of the Captain Jack FFA chapter for 6 years Active member of several 4-H clubs for 10 years Beyond the Barn Community 4-H Club Leader Teach Ag! Society Domestic Study Away 2017 participant Penn State Center for Professional Personnel Development Student Worker -2017 2011-2012 Mifflin County Dairy Princess

Activities, Awards & Honors Alpha Tau Alpha 2017 Outstanding Junior PSU CFFA PSU CFFA Jr. Advisor PSU Teach Ag Society member PSU Dairy Science member Agricultural Education Student of the month, October 2017 American FFA Degree 2014

Professional Organizations National Association of Agricultural Educators Pennsylvania Association of Agricultural Educators

Ideal Future Program My ideal future program will be taught following the three circle model of Agriculture Education where I will utilize the opportunities available in each of the following: Classroom/Laboratory instruction, Supervised Agriculture Experiences, and the leadership laboratory of FFA. My program would have the support of both school administration and students, as well as, the surrounding community and local businesses.  I would love to teach any class that presented itself but would really enjoy teaching classes on agriculture mechanics, animal science, wildlife, leadership, and plant science.  My program will be inclusive of all learners and will be rooted in hands-on learning.  I can’t wait to graduate and have a program that produces student leaders who are rehearsed in 21st century skills!

Professional Certifications First Aid/CPR/AED Certification National Safe Tractor and Machinery Operation Program (NSTMOP) Instructor Training Youth for the Quality Care of Animals Age 21: Young Adult Certification ServSafe Certification

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"Believe deep down in your heart that you're destined to do great things" Joe Paterno

MICHALA KUHLMAN COOPERATING CENTER: CENTRAL COLUMBIA HIGH SCHOOL COOPERATING TEACHER: MR. CURT TURNER UNIVERSITY SUPERVISOR: DR. KEVIN CURRY

Why Teach Agriculture?

michala40k@gmail.com

@kuhlman_m40

There are some things in life you are just completely certain of. From the moment I walked into my first agricultural class, I was certain that someday I wanted to be the one standing at the front of the room. Ever since my passion for agricultural education was ignited it has grown into a major part of who I am today. It is that same passion that was instilled in me years ago that I want to someday spark in my future students. The variety of opportunities available in agricultural education for both myself and my future students are the driving force for the excitement I have to teach agriculture. I am who I am today because of an agricultural educator, I want to be that somebody for my future students.

https://chroniclesofbecomingaged.blogspot.com/

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Michala Kuhlman Education B.S., Agricultural & Extension Education, The Pennsylvania State University, Minor: International Agriulture H.S. Diploma, Northeast Bradford High School,  Rome, PA

Professional Organizations National FFA Organization National Association of Agricultural Educators Pennsylvania Association of Agricultural Educators Association of Career and Technical Educators

Relevant Experiences From day one, agriculture has evidently been a major part of my everyday life. From a young age I learned the importance of agriculture growing up on a farm. Growing up on a farm allowed me to have firsthand experience with both dairy cattle and other species of livestock. Since then I served as an officer in 4-H and FFA, where I developed various life skills. During my year of service as an FFA State officer I further explored my passion for agriculture education while making various chapter visits, teaching students across the state leadership skills. Everything I have done up until this point has helped to better prepare me for a career in agricultural education.

Activities, Awards & Honors Pennsylvania State FFA Chaplain Pennsylvania State Star Farmer American Degree Recipient National Brown Swiss Youth Ambassador Troy Fair Queen (Top 5 at PA State Pageant) Lion Ambassador Study Abroad to Belize PSU Global Teach Ag Intern Dairy Science Professional Development in Switzerland Teach Ag Society Treasurer Teach Ag Domestic Study Away to Wisconsin  Bradford County Dairy Princess Eugene Harris Outstanding 4-H Member

Ideal Future Program In an ideal program, I would be returning to a small school in rural Pennsylvania. It’s important to me to have a school with a “small town, community atmosphere.” The curriculum included in the agricultural program would be a direct reflection of that community. The program would have a strong curriculum focus around agricultural mechanics and animal sciences. The three-circle model of FFA, SAE, and classroom/ laboratory instruction will be evident throughout the program. In addition, I want the program to receive support from the community as well as administration. Overall, I want a school where I can make a difference in the lives of students who come through my classroom.

Professional Certifications First Aid/CPR/AED Certification National Safe Tractor and Machinery Operation Program (NSTMOP) Instructor Training Hunter Education Safety Instructor ServSafe Youth for the Quality Care of Animals

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"Courage is being scared to death but, saddling up anyway." John Wayne

CHEYENNE MYERS COOPERATING CENTER: KENNARD-DALE HIGH SCHOOL COOPERATING TEACHER: MS. ABIGAIL CORNETT UNIVERSITY SUPERVISOR: DR. JOHN EWING

Why Teach Agriculture?

cmyers.thp@gmail.com

@MyersCheyenneN

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Agriculture has held a special place in my heart. I grew up being a member of a local 4-H club where I spent numerous years watching my Extension Educator manage, support, and guide fellow members and me to reach our goals and challenge ourselves to reach outside of our comfort zone in any task. As I got older I guided the younger kids to be the best they could be and teach them the skills they would need to succeed. Moving into my high school years I always admired my Agriculture teachers and their dedication to their students and their passion for the topic of agriculture. Being an FFA member and seeing and understanding the impact such organizations can provide for students, I strive to be the Agriculture teacher, mentor, and supporter as those adults I shadowed growing up. I strive to be a positive impact of change whether that be through the content, SAE projects, or FFA events these students may partake in. I want to teach Agriculture to give students the experiences, confidence, and knowledge to help them succeed in any career field they may choose.  

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Cheyenne Myers Education B.S., Agricultural & Extension Education, The Pennsylvania State University H.S. Diploma, Northern York County High School,  Dillsburg, PA

Professional Organizations National Association of Agricultural Educators Pennsylvania Association of Agricultural Educators

Relevant Experiences I have traveled to the National FFA Convention in both Louisville and Indianapolis, been a part of the Penn State Collegiate Horse Judging Teams and have traveled to both the All American Quarter Horse Congress in Ohio and AQHA World Championship Show in Oklahoma. I was also an employee at the Penn State Horse Barns where I have learned valuable information about all aspects of horses. I was also a part of the Penn State Equine Sale and Showcase, which is a student run horse auction and showcase of the Penn State Horse Barns. I was the Photography Chair and helped prepare horses for the ring. I served as the Penn State York County Extension Office Intern in the summer of 2017. I was a member of the Pennsylvania 4-H Team Horse Power, which was a group of 4-H members who traveled the state to teach youth Horsemanship skills and safety. I own and show my own horses through 4-H and raise my own broiler and laying chickens. I was the Student Advisor and Vice President of Gifford Pinchot FFA Chapter in High School. 

Activities, Awards & Honors In 4-H I was Most Improved Rider for two years which is rare to receive twice. I competed and won in the Creed Public Speaking through FFA being awarded with my FFA Jacket. I have also received my Discovery, Green Hand, Chapter, and Keystone Degrees through FFA. Through the Penn State Horse Judging Team I was awarded 6th place individual out of fifty. I was also a member of the 5th place team in 2017 at the All American Quarter Horse Congress. I currently own a nine year old Appaloosa Gelding who I have trained from the start. I am proud to see the determination I have put into him pay off and show over the years. 

Professional Certifications First Aid & CPR / AED Certification National Safe Tractor and Machinery Operation Certification Project Food, Land, and People

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Ideal Future Program My ideal future program would consist of a broad variety of agriculture classes; ranging from introduction to agriculture, animal care management, vet science, agricultural mechanics, and horticulture to name a few. This ideal program would include all aspects of the three circle model; FFA, SAE, and classroom/lab instruction. Being designed to fit the needs of different types of learners. Making the learning and knowledge fun and obtainable to the students. It would be important to me for my program to be highly supported by the administration and fellow teachers of the school and district along with community members and industry personnel.  Most importantly my ideal program would be a place at which students will learn valuable knowledge, build their skills in leadership and personal growth, and send them on their way with a passion for Agriculture.

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“While wandering a deserted beach at dawn, stagnant in my work, I saw a man in the distance bending and throwing as he walked the endless stretch toward me. As he came near, I could see that he was throwing starfish, abandoned on the sand by the tide, back into the sea. When he was close enough I asked him why he was working so hard at this strange task. He said that the sun would dry the starfish and they would die. I said to him that I thought he was foolish. There were thousands of starfish on miles and miles of beach. One man alone could never make a difference. He smiled as he picked up the next starfish. Hurling it far into the sea he said, "It makes a difference for this one." Loren Eiseley

KATIE SMITH COOPERATING CENTER: NORTHWESTERN HIGH SCHOOL COOPERATING TEACHER: MR. ANTHONY HONEYCUTT UNIVERSITY SUPERVISOR: DR. DANIEL FOSTER

Why Teach Agriculture?

katielady@yahoo.com

@KatieLady1995

I want to teach Agriculture because my High School Agriculture Program gave so much to me. Growing up I knew I had always wanted to do something involving agriculture, but I never knew quite what. Then one day at an FFA Convention, it just clicked. I wanted to be an Agriculture Teacher. I wanted to work with students and expose them to the vast world that is agriculture. I also wanted to get my students involved in FFA and give students all the amazing opportunities it gave to me.

https://emusinprek.blogspot.com

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Katie Smith Education B.S., Agricultural & Extension Education, The Pennsylvania State University

Professional Organizations National Association of Agricultural Educators Pennsylvania Association of Agricultural Educators

H.S. Diploma, Northern Lebanon High School,  Fredericksburg, PA

Relevant Experiences Grew up on family hobby farm Active member of Northern Lebanon FFA for 4 years Northern Lebanon Chapter Officer – Reporter (1 year), Student Advisor (1 Year) Emersion trip to Costa Rica for 9 days Teaching Assistant for PLANT 220 – Gardening for Fun and Profit Penn State Domestic Study Away – Wisconsin 2017 NAAE Future Agriscience Teacher Program Participant Red Creek Wildlife Center Intern and Volunteer Envirothon participant for 9 years

Activities, Awards & Honors Awards/Honors: PA FFA Keystone Degree PA FFA American Degree Girl Scout Gold Award Girl Scout Silver Award Girl Scout Bronze Award Activities: Teach Ag! Society Member Penn State Collegiate FFA Member Penn State Block & Bridle Member Penn State Berks Ag Club Penn State Berks Cares Member

Professional Certifications

Ideal Future Program My ideal future program offers a wide selection of courses and opportunities for my students. I want my students to learn something about every aspect of agriculture that is humanly possible. I believe in having a well-rounded program. I also want to provide as many FFA leadership and personal development opportunities as possible to my students.

First Aid & CPR / AED Certification National Safe Tractor and Machinery Operation Certification Project WILD Project WET Project Food, Land and People

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"If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you." Fred DeVito

HALEE WASSON COOPERATING CENTER: DERRY AREA HIGH SCHOOL COOPERATING TEACHER: MR. ROY CAMPBELL UNIVERSITY SUPERVISOR: DR. JOHN EWING

Why Teach Agriculture?

hwasson2@gmail.com

@wasson_halee

“I believe that American agriculture can and will told true to the best traditions of our national life and that I can exert an influence in my home and community which will stand solid for my part in that inspiring task,” is the last paragraph of the FFA Creed by E.M. Tiffany. Ever since I spoke these words as a freshman in high school, I have had an intrinsic motivation to exert an influence by creating an impact in agriculture, so that I could fulfill my part in that inspiring task. I believe that to teach agriculture education, I am fulfilling my task by giving back to agriculturalists before me, beside me and those who follow. I want to cultivate the next generation of agriculturalists to be aware and prepared as 21st century learners and leaders. I want my students to think critically, creatively, and be effective communicators so that they can serve as positive and productive members of society.

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Halee Wasson Education B.S., Agricultural & Extension Education, The Pennsylvania State University H.S. Diploma, State College High School,  State College, PA

Relevant Experiences Northeast AgriSolutions Force - Marketing and Communications Intern Penn State Teaching Assistant - HORT150: Plants in Human Context American Dairy Association Northeast - 2017 Farm Show Consumer Educator Center for Professional and Personnel Development - 2016 Program Blogger Penn State Teach Ag! Society Domestic Study Away - 2016 Tennessee Participant Centre County Grange Fair Youth Advisory Board - Fair Ambassador Wasson Farm - Employee and Tour Guide

Activities, Awards & Honors FFA American Degree Deans List Alpha Tau Alpha Honorary Society for Agricultural Education Coaly Society, PSU College of Ag Sciences Honors Society Penn State Ag Student Council: 2016 Treasurer Penn State Teach Ag! Society: 2017 Ag Student Council Liaison Penn State Collegiate FFA: 2016 Student Advisor Penn State Dairy Science Club: 2017 Media Chair PAAE Scholarship Recipient DeKalb Agricultural Accomplishment Award Recipient

Professional Organizations National Association of Agricultural Educators Pennsylvania Association of Agricultural Educators

Professional Certifications

Ideal Future Program My ideal program has strong relationships with school administration, advisory council members, and program partners to help implement innovation and progressive ideas that meet and exceed the needs of my students and the local community. In addition, my program would be rooted and established in the three-circle model of agricultural education to effectively incorporate Classroom and Laboratory Instruction, FFA, and Supervised Agriculture Experiences. By inclusion and incorporation of the three-circle model, my students will become aware of the many avenues of agriculture, and be exposed to the local and global impacts. Most importantly, my ideal future program will help prepare students for successful futures as contributing citizens to society.

First Aid/CPR/AED Certification National Safe Tractor and Machinery Operation Program (NSTMOP) Instructor Training ServSafe Certification

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“It’s okay to be a glow-stick: sometimes we need to break before we shine.” Unknown

HEATHER WASSON COOPERATING CENTER: COWANESQUE VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL COOPERATING TEACHER: MR. MARTY HEYLER UNIVERSITY SUPERVISOR: DR. DANIEL FOSTER

Why Teach Agriculture?

hlwasson3@gmail.com

@heatwasson

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I want to teach agriculture because I want to give back to an industry that has given me so much. Growing up in the agriculture industry I learned the joys and discomforts of agricultural life. Growing up I wished more people would have had the opportunities to learn what I did as a child. I believe that with my experience and passion I can exert an influence on others. It is my hope that I can provide a hands on experience outside the classroom for my students because as Dwight David Eisenhower once said, “Farming looks mighty easy when your plow is a pencil and you’re a thousand miles from the corn field.”  By immersing my students in agriculture I can help build a consumer base who knows where their food, fiber, and energy comes from.  I hope to inspire others to join the agriculture community and see all that it has to offer beyond the realm of farming.

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Heather Wasson Education B.S., Agricultural & Extension Education, The Pennsylvania State University H.S. Diploma, State College High School,  State College, PA

Relevant Experiences

Professional Organizations National Association of Agricultural Educators Pennsylvania Association of Agricultural Educators Association of Career and Technical Education National Young Farmers Educational Association Pennsylvania State Grange, Victor Grange #159 Subordinate Chapter and Centre County Pomona Grange #13 Delta Theta Sigma Social-Professional Agricultural Fraternity National Holstein Association

Pennsylvania Alternate Dairy Princess 2012-2013 Land O’ Lakes Member Relations Summer Intern 2016 Penn State Extension – Weed Science Summer Intern 2017 Penn State Teach Ag! Society Domestic Study Away – 2015/2016 Participant Penn State Collegiate FFA – Big E Extemporaneous Speaking CDE Facilitator 2015 National Young Farmers Educational Institute 2014-2016 Agriculture’s Promise: A Forum for the Next Generation Participant 2015-2017 Centre County Grange Fair Youth Advisory Board – Fair Ambassador Dairy, Swine, and Goat 4-H Clubs – Member for 7 years

Activities, Awards & Honors Dean’s List FFA American Degree Recipient Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences Scholarship Recipient – 7 received Pennsylvania Association of County Fairs Scholarship Recipient 2017 NYFEA National Ag Issues and Communications Winner 2016 Penn State Teach Ag! Society – DSA Tennessee Co-Chair and Ag Student Council Rep Penn State Dairy Science Club – Cow Camp Chair & Co-Chair, PSU Dairyman’s Liaison Penn State Collegiate FFA – Reporter Northeast Student Affiliate of ADSA – Quiz Bowl Team and Livestock Judging 2017 Penn State Weed Science Team 2017

Professional Certifications First Aid/CPR/AED Certification National Safe Tractor and Machinery Operation Program (NSTMOP) Instructor Training ServSafe Certification Hazard Occupations Safety Training in Agriculture (HOSTA)

Ideal Future Program

My ideal future program brings the classroom to life. I imagine a school that has hands on classroom experiences available for its students, partnerships with the local community that allow students to experience principles in a real life environment, and promotes personal growth.  All of this can be accomplished at a program that exemplifies the three circle model of agricultural education: Classroom/Laboratory Instruction, SAE, and FFA.  Each student will be aware of the many opportunities in the agricultural realm. My students will each have a unique agricultural education experience and foster a successful future in their local and global community.

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"Give the pupils something to do, not something to learn; and the doing is of such a nature as to demand thinking; learning naturally results". John Dewey

KARLIE WRIGHT COOPERATING CENTER: FORT CHERRY HIGH SCHOOL COOPERATING TEACHER: MS. JODIE HOOVER UNIVERSITY SUPERVISOR: DR. JOHN EWING

Why Teach Agriculture?

kwright0422@gmail.com

@Wright_KarlieM https://karliewrites.blogspot.com https://www.linkedin.com/in/ karliewright/

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Teaching has always been part of my life in some aspect. I am fun loving, friendly, outgoing, and have a huge heart; however, I never thought that being a teacher would be how I would be using any of these traits. I thought I would apply them as a parent, 4-H leader, or otherwise. It most certainly never crossed my mind that I would be enrolled in graduate school to earn my teaching certificate. When I first started this journey, I thought that my only goal was to become a teacher at a local school, but I have realized that regardless of whether or not that works out, I want to be a teacher, period. I want to help students the same way I have always endeavored. Whether I get the agricultural job at the school ten minutes away, become an extension agent, or end up later down the road teaching another subject, I will be carrying out my dream – wherever God takes me. I hope to be become a memorable teacher who is able to touch the lives of my students and help them to become something they never thought they could be.  

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Karlie Wright Education Post-Baccalaureate Certification, Agricultural and Extension Education, The Pennsylvania State University B.S., Agricultural Sciences, The Pennsylvania State University; Minor: Environmental Soil Science H.S. Diploma, Waynesburg High School,  Waynesburg, PA

Activities, Awards & Honors

Professional Organizations National Association of Agricultural Educators Pennsylvania Association of Agricultural Educators Association of Career and Technical Educators

State Star in Agribusiness Recipient American FFA Degree Recipient Teach Ag Society Pennsylvania Farm Bureau Member

Relevant Experiences Agricultural Technician, Greene County Conservation District Provisionally Certified Nutrient Management Technician           ACT 38 Manure Management Plan Writer/Reviewer             Farmland Preservation Program Coordinator Envirothon Coordinator Assistant/Educator Private Tutor Environmental Soils Research Assistant Penn State Extension Office Intern

Professional Certifications First Aid/CPR/AED Certification National Safe Tractor and Machinery Operation Program (NSTMOP) Instructor Training Nutrient Management OSHA 10 ServSafe YQCA Wetland Delineation 40 Hour HAZWOPER

Ideal Future Program

My ideal future program is one that encompasses multiple pathways of general agriculture ranging from horticulture and animal science to agriculture mechanics. Furthermore, my program and curriculum will successfully implement the three circle model of agricultural education with classroom instruction, FFA, and supervised agricultural experiences. 

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