Ohio State agriscience education students will continue to ‘grow the next gen’

Dr. Susie Whittington and agrsicience education students Haley Sherman and Geoffrey Norris attended a grant presentation as a representative of Ohio State agriscience education at Battell on June 21, 2017.

The grant, presented to the Ohio Soybean Council from Battell, will allow pre-service agricultural educators to work with the GrowNextGen community for additional training time and materials to use while student teaching!

Thank you Battelle and Ohio Soybean Farmers for including Ohio State in this opportunity.

Ohio State Bound: Olivia

Welcome to the Buckeye family Olivia!

Olivia will major in agriscience education at the Columbus campus. When asked why she selected her major, she said “I chose agriscience education because of my passion for the agriculture industry, the health of the planet and for the people that live on Earth. Becoming an educator will allow me to hopefully continue having a positive impact on students and their environment.”

Olivia is a recent graduate of Zane Trace High School.

Ohio State Bound: Tyler

Welcome to the Buckeye family, Tyler Dunbar!

Tyler will be a freshmen studying agriscience education on the Columbus campus this autumn.

When asked why he selected his major, he said “I chose agriscience education because I have a passion for diverse education and professional development. I believe that ag teachers have the strongest curriculum that embraces a non-traditional classroom experience that truly prepares students for life after high school.”

He is a recent graduate of Pymatuning Valley High School.

Brown selected as nationwide Teach Ag ambassador

Kelse Brown, of Edgerton, Ohio, was recently selected as a National Teach Ag Ambassador, an outreach program of the National Council for Agricultural Education, led by the National Association of Agricultural Educators to promote the agricultural education profession.

Over the next year, Brown will be one of 12 future agriculture teachers from across the nation who will serve as National Teach Ag Ambassadors. The selected students were chosen from a nationwide pool of applicants. The primary goal for the ambassadors is to encourage others to consider a career as an agriculture teacher, by sharing their passion and enthusiasm with others. Specifically, Brown and his fellow ambassadors will represent the National Teach Ag Campaign at the 2017 National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Ind. October 25-28. The ambassadors will also work with local and state leaders in agricultural education to encourage students to pursue a major in agricultural education throughout their year of service.

“I am excited to see Kelse selected to promote the agricultural education profession not only in Ohio, but to audiences across the nation,” said Dr. Tracy Kitchel, professor and chair of the Department of Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership at The Ohio State University. “Ohio State has been cultivating future educators for more than 100 years. Kelse will be a great representation of our agriscience education program to others who have a passion for educating youth about the agriculture industry.”

The Teach Ag Ambassadors will also develop a cohort of future and current agriculture teachers who will inspire the next generation of leaders, problem solvers, entrepreneurs and agriculturalists while at National FFA Convention and throughout the year. The ambassadors will promote the National Teach Ag Campaign through emails, social media, presentations and other various outlets.

The demand for agriculture teachers remains high due to retirements, current program growth, new programs opening, and current teachers leaving to explore other opportunities. The 12 selected ambassadors will share their passion for teaching agriculture in an effort to address the perennial demand. They will also have the opportunity to build their own professional network and develop leadership and communication skills they will need in their future careers as agriculture teachers.

Brown will return to Ohio State in August to continue his degree in agriscience education. He is the son of Christopher and Christine Brown and a graduate of Edgerton High School.

The agriscience education major at Ohio State prepares its students you to acquire a license to teach agricultural science in secondary high schools in Ohio and across the country, with extensive training in agricultural science, educational psychology, instructional methods, and youth development. For additional information on the agriscience education major, visit acel.osu.edu or call 614.247.6358.

The National Teach Ag Campaign is funded by the CHS Foundation, DuPont Pioneer, Growth Energy, and BASF as a special project of the National FFA Foundation. The campaign is designed to raise an awareness of the career opportunities in agricultural education, encourage others to consider a career as an agriculture teacher and celebrate the positive contributions that agriculture teachers make in their schools and communities. For more information about the National Teach Ag Campaign, visit http://www.naae.org/teachag.

ACEL Banquet: Graduating Undergraduates

During the ACEL Annual Banquet on April 11, 2017, seniors graduating in 2017 were recognized. Between three graduations at the end of spring, summer and autumn terms, 49 graduates will complete degrees in agricultural communication, agriscience education or community leaderships.

Class of 2017

Stats on our Class of 2017

agricultural communication graduates: 25
agriscience education graduates: 11
community leadership graduates: 13

Home State:
Ohio: 48
North Carolina: 1

Male: 13
Female: 36


Agriscience Education Cooperating Educators

During Spring Semester 2017, 11 students completed their student teaching experience around Ohio. We would like to thank these teachers who volunteered their time and provided guidance and became mentors to our students.

Ms. Heather Tegtmeier
Northwestern High School
Ms. Shelby Balint

Ms. Jena Kemmerer
Fairfield Union High School
Ms. Emily Burns

Ms. Christie Bachman
Bloom Carroll High School
Ms. Karlie Canfield

Mr. Alan Post
Parkway High School
Mr. Jordan Dues

Ms. Rebecca Holbrook
Ms. Sara Dungan

Ms. Katie Black
Wauseaon High School
Mr. DJ Gase

Ms. Carmen Hartzell
Mississinawa Valley-MVCTC
Ms. Katie Hart

Ms. Debbie Ayers
Otsego High School
Ms. Hailey Lowden

Mr. Matt Wentworth
Meadow brook High School
Ms. Etta Ray

Mr. Barrett Zimmerman
Clyde High School
Ms. Tricia Schoen

Mr. Scott Sharp
Amanda Clearcreek High School
Ms. Carley Snider

Several cooperating educators joined us at the ACEL Annual Banquet on April 11, 2017 while others were unable to travel to Columbus for the event. Thank you again for attending!

Ms. Emily Burns, Ms. Jena Kemmerer, Ms. Karlie Canfield, Ms. Christie Bachman, Ms. Carley Snider, Mr. Scott Sharp and Dr. Tracy Kitchell

Six ACEL Seniors named CFAES Outstanding Senior

Six students in the Department of Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership were recognized at the annual CFAES Celebration of Students (formerly known as the CFAES Recognition Program) as Outstanding Seniors.

These seniors were selected through an application and interview process by CFAES faculty members.

The six students from ACEL selected include:

Megan Besancon, agricultural communication
Miranda Miser, agricultural communication
Leah Schwinn, agricultural communication
Jarred Shellhouse, agricultural communication
Mary Siekman, agricultural communication
Carley Snider, agriscience education

We wish you the best of luck as you leave Ohio State and continue your careers as communicators, educators and graduate students!

Dr. Tracy Kitchel, professor and department chair, poses with the six CFAES Outstanding Seniors from our department at a reception held prior to the program.

Another Step in My Journey in Agricultural Education

By: Cody McClain
Agriscience Education

We have all had the moments when we have no idea what we want to
do when we grow up. Do I want to be a teacher, loan officer, police officer,
lawyer, or I don’t know? I experienced one of these moments when I was
riding home in an old international school bus, which struggled to reach
55mph on interstates, from State FFA convention during my senior year in high
school. As my Ag teacher was driving the bus, I asked her a million questions
about her life as an agricultural educator. She expressed her joys and
discomforts of being in the profession. Like for many FFA members, their last
state convention as a student is memorable and life changing. The challenges
in calculus made me rethink my decision in a future in math education. It is
not uncommon for many students to change their major in college. After my
experience at my last convention and a great deal of consideration I made
this change this switch to Agriscience Education only a few weeks prior to

Throughout my college endeavors in Agriscience Education, I have had many
opportunities to explore the insights of the career. My Early Field
Experience (EFE) at Marysville High School was one of those opportunities
that provided me with the energy and motivation to continue pursuing my
passion in agricultural education. During my EFE, I had the opportunity to
collaborate and learn from three amazing agricultural instructors that
practice diverse and powerful leadership and teaching styles.

My experiences included teaching lessons in leadership, career building
skills, and agricultural safety. I acquired a variety of lessons in animal
sciences, agricultural mechanics, plant sciences, and much more. One of the
many experiences was the opportunity to expand my interest in agricultural
mechanics. In fact, this experience enhanced my desire to be a “shop
teacher” or in other words, teach topics in agricultural power, mechanical,
and technology systems. Every time I left my cooperating school, I felt more
inspired in being a future teacher of agriculture. The many early morning
drives to Marysville were very rewarding, in which, I received valuable
knowledge and skills that will help me be successful in an agriculture
classroom and FFA program. In the end, my experience created a vision for my
future career that I hope someday will blossom into reality.


Cody working with the students.


Cody working with machinery with the class.