Agribusiness and Farm Management Instructor
Blackhawk Technical College, Monroe, WI
Hometown: Hillsboro, WI
B.S. Animal Science- UW-River Falls (Dec 2003)
M.S. Agricultural Education- UW-River Falls (Aug 2010)
When I became the Agricultural Education Instructor and FFA Advisor at Black Hawk School District, I worked hard to build a strong program, instilling leadership and values in the students that I taught. Additionally, I focused on building community relationships and maintaining the long-standing relationship with the FFA Alumni.
In the spring of 2008, I accepted a position at Blackhawk Technical College to build an Agribusiness program at the Monroe Campus. I teach classes in soils, plants, animals, nutrients, agribusiness, agricultural commodities, pest management, etc. I have worked hard to build a program based on community and industry needs and expectations. Graduates of the Agribusiness Specialist program have been successful in obtaining positions as managers and introductory level workers in agribusinesses that work with feed, seed, fertilizers and chemicals.
During the school year, I spend time outside of class preparing and grading coursework, but I do maintain a flexible work schedule throughout the week and I enjoy time off in the summer. The most gratifying part of my career is seeing students succeed.
UWRF prepared me to be successful in the Agricultural Education field. The hands-on experiences I received prepared me to be a well-rounded agricultural education instructor. I really enjoyed the personal commitment by the faculty and staff to ensure I received the best education possible. They were always friendly and willing to talk with students to ensure that we felt like we were part of the Ag Education family.