Since July 2013, I have been teaching agricultural education to 7th-12th grade students in a rural, Oklahoma school district. Although we are in a small town, our school is considered 5A, and we graduate 125-150 high school seniors each year. I work in a three teacher ag-ed program that has a long tradition of excellence. I have taught Ag Explorations (7th/8th grade); Agricultural Leadership; Agricultural Communications; Agriscience II; and Introduction to Horticulture. In addition to working in the classroom, my students have been active and successful in many areas within the FFA on a state and national level, including the National Chapter Award, proficiencies, SAE grants, public speaking, CDEs, and LDEs.
My teaching style has evolved since I started! I use to do more teacher led discussions and lectures with guided notes, and I did mostly traditional tests for learning assessments. Now, I am more prone to do group activities, inquiry-based learning, group projects, and student led discussions. As an agricultural education teacher, I am rely heavily on independent study when working with my older students in the program.
• National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE) Policy and Bylaws Committee Member, 2017-2019 • NAAE Outstanding Young Member Winner, Region II, 2017 • NAAE Ideas Unlimited National Winner, Region II, 2017 • Oklahoma Association of Career and Technical Educators (OkACTE) New Teacher of the Year State Winner, 2017 • Oklahoma Agricultural Education Teachers Association (OAETA) Ideas Unlimited State Winner, 2017 • OAETA Outstanding Young Teacher State Winner, 2017 • Exploratory SAE Task Force Committee Member, 2017 • Hosted 2 student teachers from Oklahoma State University, 2016, 2017 • OAETA CDE and Awards Committee Member/Secretary, 2015-2017 • Secured over $94,000 in grant funding, 2013-2017 • 4 published research articles in scholarly journals (North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture, Journal of Agricultural Educators), 2013, 2016, 2017 • Oklahoma State University Agricultural Education Program Advisory Group Member, 2015-2017 • NAAE Teachers “Turn the Key” Scholarship Winner, 2016 • OAETA Teachers “Turn the Key” State Winner, 2016 • NAAE Region II Conference Participant, 2016 • Guest Presenter for CareerTech New Agricultural Education Teacher Meeting, 2016 • Honorary State FFA Degree Recipient, 2014 • 4 poster/paper presentations at regional and national research conferences, 2013, 2014 • Outstanding Paper Presentation Award, Oklahoma State University 24th Annual Research Symposium, 2013 • Attended multiple workshops and in-service trainings each summer to update areas of program content, curriculum, technology use, and new teaching methods
I graduated from Edmond Santa Fe High school (6A urban school district) in 2007, and I was an active member of the Edmond FFA and Ag-Ed program. I immediately began my undergraduate studies in agricultural education at Oklahoma State University. I student taught at Drummond, OK (1A rural school district) and graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2011. I remained at Oklahoma State University and completed a masters of science in agricultural education in 2013. I received my first teaching job in May 2013 as an agricultural education instructor at Elgin High School.
Student and Program Accomplishments: National Winners • 2 National FFA Organization Grant Recipients, 2017 • 3 American Degree Recipients, 2014, 2016 • Gold Emblem 3 Star National Chapter Award, 2013, 2015, 2017 • Agricultural Education Proficiency, 2014 National Finalists • Model of Excellence Award, 2015 • Model of Innovation in the Chapter Division Award, 2015 • Silver Emblem Food Science and Technology Team, 2014 State Champions • 3 FFA Spring State Public Speakers, 2014, 2015, 2017 • Agricultural Education CDE Contestant, 2017 • Agricultural Communications CDE Team, 2017 • 2 AFR State Fall Public Speakers, 2015, 2017 • State Model of Excellence Award (#1 chapter in the state of Oklahoma), 2016 • State Model of Innovation Award in the Student and Chapter Divisions, 2016 • 3 State Officers – President, 2016; SW District Vice President & Secretary, 2015 • Agricultural Mechanics Design and Fabrication Entrepreneurship Proficiency, 2015 • 2 Oklahoma Foundation Interns, 2015 • Food Science and Technology CDE Team & Individual Contestant, 2014 • Agricultural Education Proficiency, 2014 State Placings • 26 State FFA Degree Recipients, 2014-2017 • 2nd Place Agricultural Education Proficiency, 2017 • 2nd Place Food Science and Technology Team, 2nd & 4th Place Individuals, 2017 • Top 10 Junior Parliamentary Procedure Team, 2017 • 2nd Place High Individual in Agricultural Communications Contest, 2016, 2017 • Southwest District Vice President State Officer Candidate, 2015, 2017 • 4th Place State Greenhand Quiz Contestant, 2016 • 2nd Place Agricultural Education CDE Contestant, 2016 • 3rd Place Food Science and Technology Team, 2016 • 2nd Place Dairy Foods Team, 2016 • 2nd Place Job Interview CDE Contestant, 2015 • 4th Place Jr. Parliamentary Procedure, 2015 • 4th Place Agricultural Communications Team, 2015 • 4th Place Agricultural Education CDE Contestant, 2015 • State FFA Reporter State Officer Candidate, 2015 • 2nd Place Equine Science Entrepreneurship Proficiency, 2014 • Top 5 Placing Public Speakers, 2014, 2015 • 5th Place Opening and Closing Ceremonies Team, 2013 State Scholarships • 5 Washington Leadership Conference Scholarship Recipients, 2014, 2016, 2017 • Future Ag-Ed Academy Scholarship Recipient, 2017 • 3 Tulsa State Fair Scholarship Recipients, 2015 • 4 Oklahoma Youth Expo Scholarship Recipients, 2014, 2015
Specialty, Science, Biology, Earth Sciences, Environment, Other (Science), Career and Technical Education, Other (Specialty), Life Skills, Critical Thinking, For All Subject Areas, Classroom Management, Character Education, General Science, Holidays/Seasonal, Back to School, For All Subjects, Vocational Education, Coaching, Classroom Community