B.S. Agricultural Education-Teaching Licensure from University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
M.Ed. Agricultural Education from University of Minnesota-Twin Cities with Adult Education Certificate
Background & Interests:
I grew up on a swine and sheep farm along the Minnesota-Iowa border near Harmony, MN along with my parents and four siblings. Having my mother as a first grade teacher and my father as an Agriculture Extension Educator, it was a natural fit to enter into Agricultural Education. My best experiences during college included studying abroad in Norway, Iceland, and Costa Rica and student teaching at the Forest Lake Area High School.
I am currently employed as the Executive Director for the Minnesota Agricultural Education Leadership Council (MAELC), a government appointed organization that promotes and expands agricultural education in the state of Minnesota. Prior to this position I was the Program Manager for the University of Minnesota Extension Center for Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences as well as the Community Program Assistant for MAELC. On campus, I teach AFEE 3106: Agricultural Policy and Issues in Minnesota, serve as the Faculty Advisor for the Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity and mentor students through the CFANS Mentor Program. For other organizations, I am a member of the Minnesota Agri-Women, an alumni of the Minnesota Agriculture and Rural Leadership (MARL) program, and currently serve as the Class IX representative on the MARL board.