News Release: Ohio State students selected for national agricultural education symposium

Ohio State agriscience education students Elizabeth Landis, Chloe Metcalf and Brittany Weller were selected to attend the Future Agriscience Teacher (FAST) Symposium as part of the National Association of Agricultural Educators’ (NAAE) annual conference in December in Anaheim, CA.

Landis, Metcalf and Weller are three of 29 agriscience education students from across the nation who were selected to attend the conference’s track for current preservice agricultural educators. Throughout the conference, students participating in the FAST Symposium will experience professional development, networking and mentoring. The sessions will focus on creating an inclusive classroom environment, inquiry-based learning, classroom management, professional development and collegiality.

“The FAST Symposium is a wonderful opportunity for Elizabeth, Chloe and Brittany to expand their network with a diverse group of educators and learn skills that will benefit their future students,” said Dr. Scott Scheer, chair of the Department of Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership. “I am proud of these three students for not only being selected for this competitive program, but also going above and beyond to expand their professional development skills before entering the classroom.”

Landis, Metcalf and Weller, of Bellevue, are seniors studying agriscience education. Landis, Metcalf and Weller will begin student teaching in January. Landis, of Anna, Ohio, will complete her student teaching at Marion-Local High School in Marion, Ohio, under the supervision of Mr. Matt Elsass. Metcalf, of New Bloomington, will complete her student teaching at Bowling Green High School in Bowling Green, Ohio, under the supervision of Stephanie Conway. Weller, of Bellevue, will complete her student teaching at South Central High School in Greenwich, Ohio, under the supervision of Sarah Lucha.

The agriscience education major at Ohio State prepares its students 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 or call 614.247.6358.





Mabry awarded American FFA Degree

Written by:
Jasmine Mabry 

agricultural education

My involvement in the FFA can be described as nothing less than incredible. The experiences I’ve had, skills I have gained, and memories I’ve made are irreplaceable.

FFA is what lead me to pursue a degree in agriscience education. Being able to lead students into becoming the best, most successful versions of themselves is my aspiration. Although my time in the blue corduroy is over, I know there will be so many new and incredible experiences to come as an agricultural educator.

When I look back on my time in the FFA, the most memorable things are receiving my State FFA Degree, receiving a gold-rated Secretary book twice, camping for my senior officer retreat, the many conventions, competing in public speaking, all of the time spent on trips (regardless of location), and receiving my American FFA Degree.

I got my inspiration to achieve the honor of receiving my American Degree from my FFA Advisor. Miss Sarhra Flinn was very persistent in helping me to achieve my dreams. She works diligently to ensure the success of her students, and I know I wouldn’t be where I am today without her pushing me and showing me that I can achieve many things if I put the work in.

Receiving my American Degree is a dream I’ve had since my freshman year of high school. Walking across the stage at the National FFA Convention and Expo meant so much to me because it was the last “hoorah” to close out the past five years of hard work, determination, memories, and experiences.


Walls to attend graduate school at Iowa State

Congratulations to 2019 agrsicience education graduate Kayla Walls, who will be continuing her education this fall at Iowa State University.

Kayla will be pursuing a master’s degree in industrial and agricultural technology, which is part of the Iowa State Agricultural & Biosystems Engineering department.

Best of luck Kayla! We can’t wait to see you succeed in graduate school and beyond!


Kline named ag educator at Clear Fork

Congratulations to Samantha Kline, a 2019 agrsicience education graduate, on her new position as an agricultural educator with Clear Fork Valley Local School District where she will be instructing middle school students.

We are proud of you and can’t wait to watch you excel in your new career as an agricultural educator!

Alumni named recipients of OAAE Awards

Congratulations to our alumni who are recipients of awards presented by the Ohio Association of Agricultural Educators (OAAE). These alumni, along will all other award recipients, will be recognized during the OAAE Banquet on June 12 on The Ohio State University campus.

Teacher Turn the Key – Nathan Birkhimer ‘15
Outstanding Middle/Secondary Agriculture Program – Whitney Short’07, ’09 MS and Courtney Bockbrader ‘11
Outstanding Teacher Mentor – Collin Gierke ‘83
Ideas Unlimited – Hannah Crossen Everetts ‘12
Outstanding Service Citation – Tom Holton ‘82, ‘86 MS
Outstanding Agricultural Education Teacher – Tyler Pope ‘05

Ramsier named ATI Outstanding Advisor

Congratulations to Rachael Ramsier, who was presented with the Outstanding Advisor Award for Ohio State ATI.

We are so appreciative of her leadership and service to our ACEL students (and all students!!) as she serves as the academic advisor to more than 70 students studying agricultural communication, agriscience education and community leadership, in addition to instructing several classes at Ohio State ATI.

Thank you Rachael and congratulations!