Monday, April 28, 2014

Celebrating the 17 Positive Agents of Change from #PSUaged14

Our Seventeen 2014 Penn State Agricultural Education Student Teachers have returned from their fifteen week internship in secondary schools across Pennsylvania.
2014 PSU Teacher Candidates

Below is a profile of this group:
  • Taught 104 different classes to students from 7th to 12th grades that are 42 minute periods to 90 minute “block” periods in length.
  • Delivered 222 units of instruction on topics from leadership development, agricultural mechanics, environmental sciences, plant sciences, animal sciences and much more!
  • Impacted the lives of 1,802 individual students
  • Has Earned (or will earn) a degrees 7 areas: 
    • Agricultural & Extension Education (B.S.); Agricultural & Extension Education (M.Ed.); Animal Science (B.S.); Business Administration (A.S.); Business Administration (M.S.)Environmental Resource Management (B.S.); Veterinary Science (A.S.)
  • Obtained 10 Minors/areas of emphasis: 
    • Agricultural Business; Agronomy; Animal Science; Food Science; Environmental Science; Horticulture; International Agriculture; Spanish; Sustainability Leadership; Recreation, Parks, Tourism & Management
  • Has 1 Schreyer’s Honor Scholar
  • Studied abroad in 7 countries, including: 
    • Belgium, Brazil, Cambodia, Costa Rica, Korea; United Kingdom, Thailand
  • 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, Spanish
  • Earned 18 different Additional Certifications/Accreditation/Licensures, including(listed alphabetically): 
    • Accredited Parliamentarians from the Society of Agricultural Education Parliamentarians; First Aid/CPR/AED Certification; Beef Quality Assurance; Bovine and Swine Artificial Insemination; Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE) Principles of Plant Science (ASP) Instructor (Summer 2014); Engineering and Community Engagement Certification; Explore Bowhunt; Keystone Aquatics Resource (Project Aquatics);Food Science ServSafe Certification; 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; Pesticide Applicators License; Project Food, Land & People curriculum; Project Learning Tree; Project WILD curriculum; White Tail Deer Wasting Disease Sample Collector 
  • Involved in 31 professional organizations, including(listed alphabetically):
    • Agriculture Student Council, Penn State; Alpha Tau Alpha, National Agricultural Education Honorary; American Angus Association; American National Cattlewomen; American Shorthorn Association; Association of Career & Technical Education; Block & Bridle, Penn State; Coaly Honors Society, Penn State; Collegiate FFA , Penn State; Delta Theta Sigma; Gamma Sigma Delta; Graduate Student Association, AEE, Penn State; Kappa Sigma; National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE); National Agri-Marketing Association (NAMA); National Veterinary Assistant Technicians Association (NVATA); National FFA Alumni; Pennsylvania Angus Association; Pennsylvania Association of Environmental Educators (PAEE) ; Pennsylvania Association of Agricultural Educators (PAAE); Pennsylvania Cattlewomen; Pennsylvania Farm Bureau; Pennsylvania FFA Alumni; Pennsylvania Holstein Association; Pennsylvania Young Farmers Association; Phi Kappa Phi; Phi Theta; Pork Quality Assurance; Sigma Alpha Professional Agriculture Sorority; Teach Ag! Society, Penn State; York Fair Livestock Board
  • Gained experience or have been employed with 28 different relevant jobs/Internships including (listed alphabetically):
    • AgChoice Farm Credit; AmeriCorps; Belgian Olympic Rider Groom/Intern; Beef Cow/Calf Independent operator; Camp Woodward – Trail Guide; College of Agricultural Science Academic Programs Office; College of Agricultural Sciences Office of International Programs; Country View Family farms Summer Intern; Destiny Lavender Farms; DuPont Pioneer; Equestrian Instructor; Family Farm; Liberty Mountain Resort; Michaels Arts & Crafts – Floral Designer; New Holland Agriculture; North Carolina Cooperating Extension Service Field Faculty – Livestock and Water; Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture; Pennsylvania Farm Bureau – Friends of Ag Foundation Intern; Pennsylvania Farm Bureau – Governmental Affairs and Communications Intern; Stormbreak Girls Youth Home; Penn State Extension – Franklin County; Penn State Extension – Fayette County; Penn State Extension – Mifflin/Juniata County; Penn State Extension – Union County; Penn State Extension – York County; Planville Farms; Shavers Creek Environmental Education Intern; Tack Shop Manager; Wallace & Pancer, Inc. Environmental Science Intern
You can also learn more about them from their 2014 Student Showcase found here: 

Last Updated on April 27, 2015

To learn more bout their specific student teaching experiences, check out their professional blogs and follow them on Twitter:

Jeanne Case (@J__Case) - Current Position: Agriscience Teacher, Bigfoot HS, Wisconsin

Quinn Cashell (@QCashell) - Current Position: Agriscience Teacher, Oakdale HS, Maryland

Tyler Cremeans (@TCmeansAgEd14) - Current Position: Agriscience Teacher, Woodbury HS, Connecticut

Casandra Foster (@Foster_casandra) - Current Position: Long Term Substitute

Allison Hoover (@allihoov) - Current Position: AgriCorp Volunteer, Ghana

Valerie Laub (@VLaub) - Current Position: Vet Technician

Kate Livingston (@klivingston13) - Current Position: Animal Welfare Officer, Plainwell

Todd McMillen (@ToddMcMillen1) - Current Position: Family Farm, Dupont/Pioneer

Mike Petrun (@PetrunMichaelG) - Current Position:  Agriscience Teacher, New Hampshire

Brittany Rigg (@BrittanyRigg10) - Current Position: Pre-K Learning Assistant

Jessie Ross (@JessieLeeRoss) - Current Position: Agriscience Teacher, Savage, Montana

Sean Scanlon (@cowboy4real1) - Current Position: Self-Employed

Meagan Slates (@Meagan_PSU) - Current Position: Agriscience Teacher, Penn Manor, PA

Annette Sprenkel (@AnnetteSnook) - Current Position: Agriscience Teacher, Mifflin County CTC, PA

Mindy Stoops (@irvinemindy) - Position: Agriscience Teacher, Clarion-Limestone, PA

Emily Urban (@EmilyR_Urban) - http://discoveringaged.blogspot.comCurrent Position: Graduate Student, Georgia

Caleb Wright (@thewrightcaleb) Current Position: Agriscience Teacher, Garden Spot HS, PA


  1. What impressive numbers and stats. Don't forget about the 7th graders that were taught, too.