Luke is currently a freshman at Penn State Altoona majoring in Agricultural and Extension Education planning to double minor in Horticulture and Forest Ecology. He plans to graduate in the spring of 2020. Luke's experience in the FFA, and the encouragement of his high school agricultural educators helped him find his passion to Teach Ag. After serving as a Pennsylvania State FFA Officer in 2015-2016 he realized that becoming an agricultural educator is what he aspired to do.
Luke stated, "Seeing students have those 'ah-ha' moments during chapter visits made me understand how much I love teaching students." Luke keeps himself motivated towards his major by continuing to help out the Pennsylvania FFA in facilitating workshops, and finding ways to help students on the Penn State Altoona campus. "I have found a career that is not beneficial for just myself, but also directly influences young individuals that need a positive role model," he had said. His main goal after college is to become an agricultural educator hopefully in the state of Pennsylvania to encourage those students who are not sure what they want to do in the future. Luke also wants to inspire students to become young leaders that will influence the future of agriculture not only in the United States but rather the world.
Luke is also busy outside of the classroom being involved with Penn State Altoona's Ag Club/CFFA as well as being the PSU Teach Ag student blogger.
Interesting fun facts about Luke:
Hometown: Mount Pleasant Mills, PA
Favorite PSU Class: Biology 220W
Birthday: December 17, 1996
Favorite Place to Hang out on campus: Devorris Downtown Center
Congratulations, Luke! We are ecstatic to see where your agricultural education journey will take you!
To learn more about Luke Kerstetter follow him on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook @lmkerstetter96 for both Twitter and Instagram.