Monday, August 29, 2016

Student of the Month: Lisa Boltz (@memyselfandlkb) #studentsuccess

Every month we like to highlight students that have gone above and beyond in the Agriculture Education department! In August, we are proud to share the stories and accomplishments of Ms. Lisa Boltz!

A graduate of Northern Lebanon High School, Lisa began her agricultural education journey in an unexpected fashion.  Lisa joined the FFA organization her freshman year because all freshman at Northern Lebanon complete a meat rabbit production SAE (supervised agricultural experience).  If deemed a successful breeder, the student is then permitted to take home one bunny.  This incentive drove Lisa to dawn the blue and gold, but it was the encouragement of older students to attend events that would eventually spark her passion for agriculture.   

Lisa served as the Parliamentary Procedure specialist for the Penn State Teach Ag! Program from fall 2015 through spring semester 2016.  When asked what she enjoyed most about here position, Lisa mentioned, "I loved being able to help students across the state learn about Parliamentary Procedure, as it is a topic I have come to love and hate at the same time.  I enjoyed being a peer figure students could turn to for advice."  

As an agricultural education major, Lisa looks forward to student teaching in 2019.  Lisa decided to become an agriculture educator midway through her freshman year, making a dramatic change from her aspirations to be a fashion designer!  Her decision was confirmed during her year serving as an FFA State Officer.  "I want to be an FFA advisor for the rest of my life.  I face challenges everyday with a non-traditional agricultural background, but I am relying on college courses, internships and resources to gain new knowledge.

Lisa is a member of the Berks agricultural and environmental club, and PSU Teach Ag! Society.  Lisa has also used her leadership capabilities to serve as a first year mentor on campus, as well as an orientation leader.  

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

Hometown: Lickdale, PA

Favorite PSU Class: Ed Psych

Favorite place to eat in State College: The Green Bowl

Favorite Creamery Ice Cream: Depends on my mood: Peachy Paterno or Death by Chocolate

Favorite Hangout on Campus: Commuter lounge at Thun Library

If you could be any animal, what would you be & why?  Definitely a bird so I could fly, have beautiful colored plumage, and so I could actually sing.

If you would like to read more about Lisa, connect with her via 
Twitter: @memyselfandlkb
Instagram: @lkb411

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 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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