Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Hired! Teacher Candidate Katie Andrews hired at North Harford High School #psuaged16


“From day one of college I knew that I wanted to be an agriculture teacher.”  And that she is.  Ms. Katie Andrews, 2016 Teacher Candidate will be teaching at North Harford High School in Pylesville, Maryland.  She was “Tagged To Teach Ag” at a young age helping on her families farm along with being involved in 4-H and FFA.  She has been surrounded by great coaches and mentors including her high school ag teacher,  Ryan King and her cooperating teachers, Sherisa Nailor and Sarabeth Fulton. 



Katie and one of her cooperating teachers.
Katie was extremely involved as a student at Penn State, where she served as a Teach Ag Avenger, was active in Collegiate FFA and Teach Ag Society and a student athlete, where she excelled as a women’s field hockey player.   Her continuous involvement in her academics and in campus activities has prepared her well to teach at North Harford. 

The agriculture program at North Harford High School is a magnet program where Katie will teach with 4 teaches and a director. Students entering ninth grade living in Harford County can apply to be accepted into the Magnet program and attend North Harford High School.  At the school they can choose one of three paths in agriculture: Environmental and Natural Resources, Plant Science, and Animal Science, or the signature general agriculture program.  Katie will be the magnet teacher for Animal Science path, in addition to teaching a freshmen class in the signature program called Agriculture 1. “ I will be teaching Foundations (Freshmen), animal management (Sophomore) , anatomy and physiology (junior), and Research Capstone (Senior). North Harford is home to barn facilities housing pigs, a cow, horse and even an alpaca.  All students involved in the agriculture magnet program  can choose to be in FFA. 

Katie has already set up her seating arrangements, made bulletin board designs, and started her unit planning and school has not even started!  In thinking about some of her goals and desires for her new classroom and program Katie looks forward to what is next.
One aspect from student teaching I look forward to developing are the relationships with the community, colleagues, administrators, and students that my cooperating teachers showed me are vital for success yet important to enjoy your job everyday.”    As she moves across the desk she says “I want them to leave my class each day knowing I believe in them, care for them, and will support them for the rest of their lives.”  Congratulations Katie, and best of luck in Maryland!


To learn more about starting on the path to having a career that makes a positive impact on the lives of students across the globe by becoming an agricultural educator, please contact the agricultural teacher education program at teachag@psu.edu. Follow us on Twitter at TeachAgPSU, on Facebook, or on our blog.



Kayla Hack

Student Blogger

Twitter Handle: @hackkayla

2017 Agriculture Education Student Teacher







Friday, August 12, 2016

Hired! Teacher Candidate Mason Tate hired at Athens Middle School #psuaged16


Originally from the small town of Athens, Pennsylvania, Mr. Mason Tate, 2016 Agricultural & Extension Education graduate will be returning to his home town to teach middle school science at Athens.  Congratulations! Mason looks forward teaching middle school students.  “I will be instructing 6th and 7th graders.  I find this age group fascinating, and they have an enormous amount of energy. Just like me!” 



Mason competing with Teach Ag! Society at
National Convention
Before landing his job at Athens, Mason student taught in Lancaster County at Lampeter Strasburg High School with Holy Oberholtzer. Mason was involved in the Agronomy Club, Teach Ag! Society and was a brother of the Delta Theta Sigma fraternity during his time at Penn State.   He hopes to take his agronomy club experiences to assist with the Athens FFA agronomy team, and coach them to go to Nationals within the next 5 years!

Mason will be teaching 5 sections of life sciences as one of 4 science teachers at the middle school.  His agricultural background and knowledge will bring science concepts to life for his students.  His curriculum will include the classification of living organisms from the most basic forms of life all the way to mammals. Additional content includes plants, trees, and forms of reproduction.  And of course, like any good science classroom Mr. Tate’s class will have dissections.  Worms, crayfish, and frogs are on the list for this year.  
Mr. Tate taught agricultural mechanics at
 Lampeter Strasburg
 

Building relationships and being approachable are some of the most important things to Mason as he thinks about the students he will be working with.  As he teaches science at Athens, we know he will show students the many connections between science and agriculture daily and continue to offer his students an endless array of opportunities and skills in and outside of the classroom.  “If I could leave only one thing with my students it would be this... Mr. Tate was a man who was always approachable.  He made connections to real life principles whenever possible.  And he went the extra mile to see the success of everyone of his students.”  Mr. Tate we wish you all the best, and endless amounts of energy as you step into the classroom at Athens Middle School.





To learn more about starting on the path to having a career that makes a positive impact on the lives of students across the globe by becoming an agricultural educator, please contact the agricultural teacher education program at teachag@psu.edu. Follow us on Twitter at TeachAgPSU, on Facebook, or on our blog.



Kayla Hack

Student Blogger

Twitter Handle: @hackkayla

2017 Agriculture Education Student Teacher







Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Hired! Teacher Candidate Sarabeth Royer Hired at Athens Area High School! #psuaged16

To say Ms. Sarabeth Royer was “Tagged to Teach Ag” at an early age is an understatement.  Growing up on a dairy and poultry farm, her parents were her first teachers. Sarabeth's parents encouraged her, guided her, showed her, and let her learn on her own. As a teen, Sarabeth's Ag teachers took the reigns. They believed in me before I believed in myself, and pushed me to try harder, go farther, and achieve more.”  Sarabeth has the opportunity to do just that at Athens High School where she has been hired as an Agricultural Educator!  Congratulations Sarabeth!




Ms. Sarabeth Royer & Mr. David Stienfelt
Athens is where Sarabeth student taught with the guidance of Mr. David Steinfelt, who she will now call a colleague, and teach alongside.  Sarabeth was hired as part time agriculture, part time science.  She was drawn to Athens even more after student teaching there. “I was just blown away by the community. While student teaching at Athens I felt very welcomed and I knew that I wanted to find a school that was as closely knit to their community. At first, I was very hesitant of teaching science part time, but realized that I really enjoy science and that there are so many teachers who teach subjects they weren’t originally planning on teaching! Plus, Biology and Agriculture are very much intertwined.” 

While at Penn State Sarabeth held animal science and international agriculture minors and was extremely involved in campus organizations including Teach Ag! Society, Poultry Science Club, Dairy Science Club and Navigators to name a few! She also served as an Ag Advocate for the College of Agricultural Sciences. These all led her to an incredible student teaching experience at Athens, where she really learned “it’s all about the students, the community and the small victories of everyday teaching.”  This will continue to serve her well. 

One of the many quotes Sarabeth lives by!
Athens Area High School is home to largest FFA chapter in Bradford County.  Mr. Steinfelt has classes in Introduction to Agriculture, Horticulture, Ag Mechanics I and II and SAE/FFA Leadership. Sarabeth will be teaching Animal Science and Veterinary Science along with some Biology classes. “This is exciting because in the past, the high school has primarily had Science teachers that taught Animal and Vet Science, so it will be nice to have two Ag Teachers at Athens.”  Sarabeth is excited to continue working with Mr. Steinfelt and the diverse and welcoming Athens community. From getting her FFA jacket through the PA FFA Alumni Jacket Campaign, to growing flowers, learning how to drive a  tractor and keeping records on her chores for her Supervised Agricultural Experience, she is ready to help her students do the same.  “I hope to always keep my classes relevant so having any type of certification for my students would be ideal. I also would LOVE to see that Athens Ag Program expand even more and embrace their everyday victories.”



To learn more about starting on the path to having a career that makes a positive impact on the lives of students across the globe by becoming an agricultural educator, please contact the agricultural teacher education program at teachag@psu.edu. Follow us on Twitter at TeachAgPSU, on Facebook, or on our blog.



Kayla Hack

Student Blogger

Twitter Handle: @hackkayla

2017 Agriculture Education Student Teacher




Thursday, July 28, 2016

Hired! Teacher Candidate Janae McMichael Hired at Lampeter-Strasburg High School! #psuaged16



Hometown. A place we know, with people we know- a place that has seen our best and seen our worst, a place of familiarity and expectations.  A place some of us are lucky enough to go back to.  Mrs. Janae McMichael (Herr) received that opportunity to go back to the place she calls home.  Teacher candidate from the class of 2016, Janae McMichael will be teaching at Lampeter-Strasburg High School! 



During her time at Penn State Janae was an agricultural business management minor and was involved in Teach Ag! Society where she served as the President and chair of the Domestic Study Away, which she attended twice in Colorado and Mississippi.  She served as a Teach Ag! Avenger for Penn State Teach Ag! and Ag Advocate for the College of Agricultural Sciences.  She was also involved in Collegiate FFA.  Janae student taught with Mr. David Bittner and Mr. Greg Erb at Midd-West High School where she learned how to effectively and efficiently incorporate technology and involve community members and stakeholders.  Janae said she hopes to “actively seek opportunities to do the same.”


She was “Tagged to Teach Ag!” in some of the same places she will Tag others to do the same thing.  Growing up on a generational dairy farm certainly influenced my passion for production agriculture, but my involvement in 4-H and FFA helped cultivate that passion focus more so on the future of agriculture.”  She credits her Dad and her Agricultural Educator, whom she will teach alongside, for being “incredibly influential individuals in helping me solidify my career choice in agriculture education.” 


Janae and her students at Midd-West
Lampeter Strasburg is a two-teacher program where Janae will teach alongside Holly Oberholtzer.  Together there are 180 students in the program.  The Agriculture Program has courses in Veterinary Science, Agricultural Science, Landscape and Plant Design, Agricultural Mechanics, Welding, Electricity and Small Gas Engines. 

When thinking about teaching in the same school where she grew up, Janae reflected on what she looks forward to while teaching.  The opportunity to give back to the community that I grew up in; the challenge of helping my students discover the immense amount of opportunities that agricultural education allows for its students; playing a role in preserving the rich heritage of agriculture in our community; changing students lives.”  Janae will be well on her way to challenging her students and giving them opportunities to grow; in her classes, as well rounded students as she strives to work on cross curricular projects while meeting the needs of the community she calls home.




To learn more about starting on the path to having a career that makes a positive impact on the lives of students across the globe by becoming an agricultural educator, please contact the agricultural teacher education program at teachag@psu.edu. Follow us on Twitter at TeachAgPSU, on Facebook, or on our blog.



Kayla Hack

Student Blogger

Twitter Handle: @hackkayla

2017 Agriculture Education Student Teacher