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

Student Teaching is SO Important

By: Dennis C. Swartz
Marion, Ohio
Agricultural Education Alumni (BS and MS)

The hands-on activities present in student teaching opportunities create a “real-world” atmosphere that cannot be duplicated in the college classroom.  The classroom management style of the host teacher, the difference in maturity of freshmen vs upper-classmen and boys vs girls is real and the teacher must learn to manage the situations.  Also, home visitations, working with handicapped and special education students can be beneficial for later teaching, since all will have those students within their classroom.

And… don’t forget, as a teacher within a school system, you will be expected to perform additional duties you never trained for and join organizations within the community that will assist with your personal and teaching career.  No teacher in the school system gets more involved than the Ag teacher, so expect to be busy during both the school year and summer.


Mr. Swartz is an alumni of Ohio State’s agriscience education program (formerly Agricultural and Extension Education). The advice he shares in this blog post for our current student teachers are his own opinions.