Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Appreciating the TERRIFIC THIRTEEN from 2013!

We are very proud of the 2013 student teaching cohort. Here is a glimpse at their achievement:

2013 PSU Ag. Student Teachers
Taught 74 different classes to students from 8th to 12th grades that are 42 minute periods to 90 minute “block” periods in length.

Delivered 159 units of instruction on topics from leadership development, agricultural mechanics, environmental sciences, plant sciences, animal sciences and much more!

Impacted the lives of  1176 individual students

Earned (or will earn) a Bachelors of Science in 5 areas: Agricultural & Extension Education, Animal Science, Biology; Dairy Science; and Food Science

Obtained 8 Minors/areas of emphasis:  Agronomy; Animal Science; Agribusiness Management; Environmental Science; Horticulture; International Agriculture; Leadership Development; Plant Science

Studied abroad in 8 countries, including: Australia, France, Germany, Ireland, New Zealand, Poland; South Korea, Spain

Will have members who are Pennsylvania Certified (with reciprocity in more than 40 states ) in the following 5 areas: Agriscience K-12; Biology; Chemistry; Environmental Science; General Science

Earned 21 different Additional Certifications/Accreditations/Licensures, including(listed alphabetically):
o   Accredited Parliamentarians from the Society of Agricultural Education Parliamentarians; First Aid/CPR/AED Certification; Beef Quality Assurance Certified Producer; Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) Technician; Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE) Agriculture, Food, & Natural Resources (AFNR) Instructor (June 2013); Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE) Principles of Animal Science (ASA) Instructor (Summer 2013);   Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE) Natural Resources (NR) Instructor (Summer 2013);   Keystone Aquatics Resource (Project Aquatics);Food Science ServSafe Certification;  Genex Certified Artificial Insemination Technician; National Safe Tractor and Machinery Operation Instructors ; Occupational, Safety and Health Administration Certificate; Pennsylvania Song Birds curriculum; Pennsylvania Wildlife Forensics curriculum; Pennsylvania Amphibians and Reptiles curriculum; Professional Animal Scientist;  Project Food, Land & People curriculum; Project Learning Tree; Project WILD curriculum; School Bus Commercial Driver’s License; School Bus Drive Certified Trainer

Involved in 18  professional organizations, including(listed alphabetically):
o   Alpha Tau Alpha, National Agricultural Education Honorary; American Dairy Science Association – Student Affiliate Division (ADSA-SAD); American Society of Animal Scientists (ASAS); American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists (ARPAS),  Association of Career & Technical Education;  Campus Girl Scouts,  Penn State Collegiate FFA, Penn State; Block & Bridle; Central Susquehanna Pupil Transportation Association; Delta Tau Alpha Agricultural Honorary Society; Food Science Club, Penn State;  Gamma Sigma Delta (GSD); Graduate Student Association, Ag & Ext Education, Penn State; National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE);  Pennsylvania Association of Environmental Educators (PAEE) ; Pennsylvania Association of Agricultural Educators (PAAE); Pennsylvania School Bus Association; Pennsylvania Young Farmers Association (PYFA), Sigma Alpha Professional  Agricultural Society

Gained experience or have been employed with  27 different relevant jobs/Internships including (listed alphabetically):
o   Berks County 4-H Summer Intern; Center for Dairy Excellence Intern; Columbia County Extension Office;  Gensemer Meat Company; GROWMARK Field Service Intern; Huntingdon County 4H Summer Assistant; Iowa State University Academic Tutor;  Kansas State University 4-H State Office Intern; Penn State 4-H Youth and Families with Promise; Penn State Agricultural and Extension Education Undergraduate Research Assistant;  Penn State Agricultural & Extension Education Center for Professional Personnel Development Student Worker; Penn State Deer Facilities; Penn State Equine Facilities; Penn State Harrisburg College Preparation Representative; Penn State Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Extension Intern; Pioneer Hi-Bred Corn Research Intern; Professional Dairy Managers of Pennsylvania Internship Program; Renee Hodgson Landscape Company ; R.G. Morgan Construction and Concrete; Romberger Farm Supply; School Transportation Safety Coordinator; Shaver’s Creek Outdoor School Intern; Shilling’s Dairy Farm; Southern States – Grantsville Ag Service; University of Wyoming Meat Lab; Ventura Foods, LLC, Quality Control Tech; Yule's Greenhouse

To learn more about their specific student teaching experiences (Twitter Handle):


PJ Adam (@mifflinburgST13) - Mifflinburg Magic -
Current Position: Rohrer Bus Service, Pennsylvania

Jamie Aukamp (@jla322) - Aukamps Analysis -
Current Position: Agriscience Teacher, Anson HS, North Carolina

Kristy Brubaker (@kristylane)- Brubaker's Big Picture Review-
Current Position: Agriscience Teacher, Tunkhannock , Pennsylvania

Kaydee Gearhart (@klg5271)- Greenwood's Greatness -
Current Position: Agriscience Teacher, Mifflin/Juniata CTC, Pennsylvania

Britney Marsh (@b_marsh216)- Greenwood Rocks! -
Current Position: Agriscience Teacher, Arizona Agribusiness & Equine Center, Mesa, Arizona

Mackenzie McCollum (@McCollumMac)- IMPACT -
Current Position: Danville MS Agriscience Teacher, Pennsylvania

Adam Peachey (@peachey_adam)- No Blog Submitted -
Current Position: Construction

Heather Pray (@hpray18)- Pray's Ponderings on Cedar Crest Fun! -
Current Position: Gardon Spot HS Agriscience Teacher, Pennsylvania

Darla Romberger (@DJR_131)- Milton Hershey Moments -
Current Position: Cumberland Valley HS Agriscience Teacher

Ashley Tressler (@aet5099)- Tales from Tressler  -
Current Position: Graduate Assistantship, Penn State Harrisburg

Josh Walker (@jmw5508)- Walker's Wisdom -
Current Position: Long Term Sub - Solanco Agriscience

Alyshia West (@a_west362)- The Great Northern Lebanon Experience -
Current Position: Food Science Industry, Central Texas

Cortney Wright (@WrightCortneyC) - The Wright Stuff -
Current Position: Agriscience Teacher, East Juniata HS, Pennsylvania

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