Monday, April 23, 2012

The Final Week....

This week, thirteen 2012 Penn State Agricultural Education Student Teachers return from their fifteen week internship in secondary schools across Pennsylvania for their final 2-weeks of their Penn State Ag Teacher Education experience. Below is a profile of this group.

The 2012 student teaching cohort:
  •  Taught 74 different classes to students from 8th to 12th grade from 42 minute periods to 90 minute “block” periods.
  •  Delivered 161 units of instruction on topics from leadership development, agricultural mechanics, environmental sciences, plant sciences, animal sciences and much more!
  • Impacted the lives of  1,213 individual students
  • Has 3 Masters/post-baccalaureate members
  • Has  1 Schreyer’s Honor Scholar
  •  4 minor/areas of emphasis obtained: Agribusiness Management; Horticulture;  International Agriculture ; and Recreation, Parks & Tourism Management (Shaver Creek Block Semester)
  •  Has studied abroad in 7 countries, including: Ecuador, France, Germany, Honduras, Ireland, Korea, Tanzania
  •  3  students have also earned a Bachelors of Science in Animal Science
  •  Will have members who are Pennsylvania Certified (with reciprocity in more than 40 states ) in the following 5 areas: Agriscience K-12; Biology; Environmental Science; General Science; English as a Second Language (ESL)
  •  Has earned 13 different Additional Certifications/Accreditations/Licensures, including:
    • Accredited Parliamentarians from the Society of Agricultural Education Parliamentarians (6); First Aid/CPR/AED Certification (13); Keystone Aquatics Resource (Project Aquatics)(3; National Safe Tractor and Machinery Operation Instructors (13); NAUI Certified Scuba Diver (1); Occupational, Safety and Health Administration Certificate (1); Pennsylvania Song Birds curriculum (3); Pennsylvania Forensics curriculum (1); Pennsylvania Amphibians and Reptiles curriculum (1); Project Food, Land & People curriculum (2); Project Learning Tree (2); Project WILD curriculum(3); Teaching with Technology at Penn State (1)
  • Members of the 16 professional organizations, including:
    • Alpha Tau Alpha, National Agricultural Education Honorary; Alpha Zeta, Penn State; American Dairy Science Association; Association of Career & Technical Education (All 13 candidates); Collegiate FFA, Penn State; Dairy Science Club, Penn State; EARTH House, Penn State; Gamma Sigma Delta; Graduate Student Association, Ag & Ext Education, Penn State; Holstein Association, USA; National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE) (All 13 candidates); National Science Teachers Association (1); Pennsylvania Farm Bureau; Pennsylvania Holstein Association; Pennsylvania Association of Environmental Educators (PAEE) ; Pennsylvania Association of Agricultural Educators (PAAE) (All 13 candidates);
  •  Has previously gained experience or been employed with  22 different relevant jobs/Internships including:
    • Ag Choice Credit, Marketing Intern; Cove-View Family Dairy Farm; Folk’s Butter Fly Farm ,Educational Instructor; Home Depot, Plant Merchandiser; Lazy E Ranch, Guthrie, Oklahoma, Intern; Martin’s Flowers and Shrubs, Belle Vernon, PA; Masser’s Produce; Milking Technician; New Bolton Center (University of Penn’s Large Animal Hospital); Penn State Outreach, Orion Instructor; Penn State Department of Dairy and Animal Science, Research Assistant; Penn State University Police; Penn State Turfgrass Research Center Mechanic/Research Assistant; Pennsylvania Department of Education, PASA Scorer May 18-20 in Harrisburg (PSSA's for students with very strong  disabilities); Pennsylvania FFA, Pennsylvania State FFA Officer; Pennsylvania Department of Transportation; Roving Nature Center Teacher Naturalist; Run N’ Jump Farm, Bellefonte, PA; Science Summer Camp Coordinator; Shaver’s Creek Outdoor School Counselor and Learning Group Leader; Tractor Supply Company, Manager; Penn State Department of Ag & Ext. Education, Undergraduate Research Assistant
Where are they now? Status of the 2012 Cohort

Last Updated on April 27, 2015

Brittany Arnold - Agriscience Teacher, Frederick HS, Maryland

Robyn Bechtel - Agriscience Teacher, Williamsport HS, Pennsylvania

Danielle Breese - Chevron

Mackenzie Crooks - Agriscience Teacher, Lebanon HS, Indiana

Jessica Wrey (DiMarzio) - Agriscience Teacher, Cumberland Valley HS, Pennsylvania

Kristie Good (Folk) - Agriscience Teacher, United HS, Pennsylvania

Katelynn Harshman - Banking Industry

Phil Haussener, Agriscience Teacher, Ceder Crest HS, Pennsylvania

Emily Arnold (Kuhn), Agriscience Teacher, Eastern York HS, Pennsylvania

Doug Masser, Agriscience Teacher, Pequea Valley, Pennsylvania

Cameron Schirmer, Agriscience Teacher, Mohawk HS, Pennsylvania

Danielle Smith, Teller, PNC Bank, Pennsylvania

Chelsea Walker, Americorp Volunteer, Armstrong Conservation District

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