Friday, September 9, 2016

Two Penn State Students Chosen to Attend National Conference

Twenty-three future agriscience teachers, who are studying at universities across the United States, will spend three days in Sioux Falls, South Dakota at the 2016 Future Agriscience Teacher (FAST) symposium that is held in conjunction with the National Teach Ag Day celebrations September 20th-22nd. Of the twenty-three individuals selected, two are members of the Penn State Teach Ag! Society, and Agricultural Education Student Teacher Candidates. Congratulations to George Dietrich and Victoria Herr for being selected to participate in the FAST symposium!

About FAST Symposium-

The FAST symposium consist of professional development training, including instruction on CASE curriculum, and more instructional learning. In addition to professional development, attendees will have the opportunity to explore South Dakota through off-site tours. The FAST symposium is part of the National Teach Ag Campaign, to help raise awareness about the need to recruit and retain quality and diverse agriculture teachers, and to celebrate the positive contributions that agriculture teachers make in their schools and communities

About the Participates-

George Dietrich is junior at the Pennsylvania State University double-majoring in Agricultural and Extension Education and Food Science. He will be a Student Teacher Candidate in 2018, and is currently serving as the Penn State Teach Ag! Society Treasurer. From George’s experience as serving on the Pennsylvania 4-H officer team, he recognizes the need from agriculture and education to provide opportunities for the youth. He applied to attend the FAST symposium because, “To be in a room learning how to be a better agricultural educator sounded appealing and worthwhile.”

Victoria Herr is a sophomore at the Pennsylvania State University majoring in Agricultural and Extension Education. She will be a Student Teacher Candidate in 2019, and is currently serving as the Penn State Teach Ag! Society Secretary. After serving on the Pennsylvania FFA State Officer team, Victoria has been someone who takes advantage of opportunities to grow as an educator. When she heard about the FAST Symposium she knew she wanted to apply to attend. Her reason for attending: “Since there are not many opportunities for students in agricultural education to network in person, this is a great opportunity to get to know other preservice teachers from around the country, and learn more about agricultural education outside of Pennsylvania.” 

This is an amazing opportunity for George and Victoria. They will gain a tremendous amount of knowledge, and experience from their participation in this profession development experience! To learn about George’s and Victoria’s experience from attending the FAST symposium, stay connected.

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 Halee Wasson

Student Blogger

 Twitter Handle: @wasson_halee

 2018 Agriculture Education Student Teacher

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