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.

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Kayla Hack

Student Blogger

Twitter Handle: @hackkayla

2017 Agriculture Education Student Teacher