Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Student of the Month: Matthew Snyder (@snyder6878) #psuaged17 #studentsuccess

Every month we like to highlight students that have gone above and beyond in the Agriculture Education department! In September, we are proud to share the stories and accomplishments of Mr. Matthew (Matt) Snyder!

M - Mentor
A - Agriculturalist
T - Thoughtful

Four words that describe the qualities and characteristics of Matt Snyder.  Matt has exuded these traits through his #TeachAg journey!  But how? 

Matt is a senior majoring in Agricultural and Extension Education, and will be a 2018 Student Teacher at Mifflinburg High School this Spring. A native of Jefferson County, Pennsylvania, Matt grew up an agriculturalist.   Involvement on his family’s swine operation ignited his passion for agriculture . Matt was able to expand his knowledge and involvement in the agricultural industry by participating in organizations such as 4-H and FFA. His engagement in these organizations provided him the opportunity to mentor younger members and help guide them in project areas such as swine production. These experiences helped Matt realize he enjoyed helping youth engage and expand their knowledge in topics he was most passionate about.

Although Matt had a passion for agriculture, he was also enthusiastic about numbers. Matt began his post-secondary education experience at West Virginia Wesleyan College; studying Mathematics Education on a scholarship to play football. However not long into the journey, he discovered his heart and interests were still in agriculture. After attending West Virginia Wesleyan College for a year, Matt made the decision to forgo his football scholarship and return home to pursue his interest in agricultural education. The Fall of his Sophomore year, Matt transferred to the Pennsylvania State University. His involvement in the major and agricultural education department has grown throughout his Penn State journey. Matt is a member of the Teach Ag! Society, and has participated in many club events, such as: 2016 Domestic Study Away and Thunder Run.  Matt was named the 2016 Outstanding Student of the Year for Penn State's Agricultural Education Program. He received this honor because his work ethic is described as thoughtful and enthusiastic for everything he does in his pursuit to become an effective educator. “I want to provide today’s youth with a positive influence through school based agricultural education.” Matt has been tagged to Teach Ag! We are excited to see the effect and impact he will leave on his future students.

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

Hometown: Brockway, PA

Favorite PSU Class: AEE 349

Favorite Place to Eat in State College: Otto’s or Champs

Favorite hangout on Campus: Ferguson 007 (Student Teacher Office)

If you would like to read more about Matt, connect with him via Twitter: @snyder6878

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.

Halee Wasson

Student Blogger

Twitter Handle: @wasson_halee

2018 Agriculture Education Student Teacher

1 comment:

  1. Congrats, Matt! Your desire to pursue ag ed is inspiring! I'm sure that will reflect well with your students in the spring!