Ag Ed Alumni Spotlight: Tyler Warren

Tyler WarrenFirst introduced to the University of Minnesota through 4-H and FFA, the Agricultural Education faculty and program immediately caught Tyler Warren’s attention. From rural Minnesota, Tyler wanted to experience a big campus university where he could also grow as an individual. “The Ag Ed faculty made a huge impact on my decision to attend the U. The University had so much to offer - a great campus, outstanding faculty, scholarships, student organization opportunities, a strong alumni network, Big Ten sports, and more.”

Tyler grew up on his family’s dairy farm near Litchfield, Minnesota where they milk 140 cows and farm around 700 acres of corn, soybeans, alfalfa, and oats. He graduated from Litchfield High School in 2010 and from the University of Minnesota in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Education. During his time in college, Tyler worked as a Youth Development Intern with the University of Minnesota Extension and as a Peer Advisor for Career and Internship Services. He was also heavily involved with FarmHouse Fraternity and the Agricultural Education Club, where he served on both organization’s executive teams for two years.

After completing his student teaching experience at Martin County West, Tyler taught for one year in Hutchinson and then accepted a job as the Agricultural Education teacher at Eden Valley-Watkins where he has taught since 2015. He instructs students in grades 7-12 and teaches a variety of classes ranging from agronomy to welding and much more. Tyler is also the advisor for the Eden Valley-Watkins FFA chapter, an assistant cross country coach, assistant speech coach, and is the head girls track and field coach. Outside of his busy schedule at school, Tyler still helps year-round on his family’s farm by milking cows, working in the fields, and assisting with the farm’s record keeping.

“I knew I wanted to be a teacher for a long time growing up. I’m passionate about agriculture so pursuing a degree in agricultural education made sense,” Tyler said. While the Ag Ed program at the U initially caught his attention, Tyler also said that there were several agricultural teachers that have made an impact on his career and continue to do so. Those individuals include Christa Williamson (Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg), Jeremy Daberkow and Stephanie Wohlhuter (Martin County West), and Tracy Huhn (Eden Valley-Watkins). Beyond that, Tyler said, “one ‘informal’ teacher who has influenced me as a individual and a teacher is my dad who taught me several things on the farm growing up and someone that I still go to for content advice.”

His favorite part about his job as a teacher is getting to work with students. By watching student successes everyday, even if it is just learning a simple concept or achieving a long-term goal, he feels rewarded and amazed to have seen a student develop as a learner and an individual. While Tyler impacts students in and out of his classroom, he really enjoys building relationships with those students and seeing graduates come back to share what they are doing in their current lives. “Sharing my passion and knowledge of agriculture with students is a perk of my job as well,” Tyler said.

The network of friends, colleagues, and mentors Tyler built during his time at the U of M has truly helped him in his career and has shaped him into the person he is today. Tyler’s advice for new and current UMN students is to, “take advantage of opportunities both in and out of school. There are hundreds of student organizations to be a part of. Get to know your professors and fellow students - the relationships will last a lifetime. Take a class or two outside of you major and experience all the Twin Cities has to offer - restaurants, parks, sporting events, etc.”

Tyler’s Favorites:

  • Color: Blue
  • Animal: Cow
  • Quote: “To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.” -Steve Prefontaine
  • Food: Cereal
  • Hobby: Running