Ohio State agriscience education seniors complete student teaching around Ohio

2021 ASE Student Teachers

Each year the Department of Agricultural Communication, Education and Leadership (ACEL) at the Ohio State University sends students to high schools around the state for 12 weeks to gain real world experience in the classroom. This year, 22 agricultural education programs welcomed student teachers who are seniors in the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) and agriscience education majors.

“’Doing to learn’ is a key part of the motto for the National FFA Organization, so it only makes sense for our agriscience education student teachers to be in the classroom environment getting hands on experience,” said Dr. Shannon Washburn, professor of agriscience education and chair of ACEL. “Student teaching prepares our students for their future roles in the classroom by allowing them to lead an agriscience education program with the aid of experienced agriscience teachers. Aside from carrying out lesson plans in a classroom, agriculture teachers serve as FFA advisors where they host chapter meetings, help students with career development events, and coach competition teams. This experience allows them to see into their future and get excited for the next step in their career.”

The participating students and schools are as follows:


Haley Back – Highland High School

Hayley Black – Meadowbrook High School

Nicole Biery – Northeastern High School

Micayla Fincham – Northwestern High School

Sean Fitzsimmons – Smithville High School

Jessie Howald – Caldwell High School

Seth Johnson – Tecumseh High School

Brenna Loxley – Edgewood High School

Samantha McAllister – Gamble Montessori High School

Rebecca McCarty – Hilsdale High School

Adrianne McPhillips – Urbana High School

Maddi Morlock – Otsego High School

Olivia Pflaumer – Global Impact STEM Academy

Milan Pozderac – Fairfield Union High School

MaKayla Risner – River Valley High School

Travis Rutledge – Edison High School

Paige Schaffter – Pettisville High School

Robert Selvey – Tiffin Sentinel CTC

Davis Sodders – Licking Valley High School

Katie Stokes – Bloom Carroll High School

Jamie Walter – West Muskingum High School

Ashlee Williams – Utica High School

Agriscience education is one of three undergraduate majors within ACEL. This major prepares students to acquire a license to teach agricultural science in secondary high schools through extensive training in agriculture science, educational psychology, instructional methods and youth development. For additional information on the agriscience education major or how you can make a financial contribution to student scholarships, visit acel.osu.edu.



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