Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Student of the Month: Olivia Murphy-Sweet (@OSwetMurph) #psuaged16 #studentsuccess

Every month we like to highlight students that have gone above and beyond in the Agriculture Education department! April we are proud to share the stories and accomplishments of Ms. Olivia Murphy-Sweet!

She is a lover of coffee and food, will be the first to say hello or speak up in class .  Part of the class of 2016, Olivia will be graduating in May with a degree in Agriculture & Extension Education. "I have always loved teaching agriculture to different populations and I enjoy helping people learn who have different perspectives."   Olivia will be leaving for Senegal in September for the Peace Corps.  Upon her return she plans to complete her Masters Degree with hopes to work for USAID and then go back into the classroom.  

The agricultural education program Olivia 
attended in high school looks much different than the one where she is student teaching, Walter Biddle Saul High School.  She says  "Being in the city comes with its own set of challenges and I am proud that I know my students well enough that I can help them in class. I am proud of working with my unique set of learners."  When asked about her student teaching success she mentioned one of her biggest fears: Bees.  "Some of my students loved bees and asked if I could help start a bee hive with them and teach them about bees."  They grabbed the bee suits and went to look at some boxes already set up.    "It was a good learning experience for me to get over my fear of bees and help out my students develop their passion for bees."  

Olivia was a member and Vice President of Program Development for Teach Ag! Society at Penn State.  She served as a Teach Ag! Avenger and was a blog editor.  She is a sister of Omega Phi Alpha and was involved with Project Haiti.  

Want to know some fun facts about Olivia? Check them out below!

Hometown: Mechanicsburg, PA

Favorite PSU Class: INTAG 100

Favorite place to eat in State College: Fraser Street Deli (Try The House Italian)

Favorite Penn State Athletic Team: Football

Favorite Hangout on Campus: Ferguson Building

If you would like to read more about Olivia, connect with her via 
Twitter: @OSweetMurph

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

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