Agricultural Education Students at the U of M, Crookston Bring their Education to the Classroom as Student Teachers

Agricultural education students at the University of Minnesota, Crookston have been proving
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how extraordinary they are this past year. This fall, eleven agricultural education juniors and seniors traveled to various schools in Minnesota and North Dakota to complete their clinical teaching experience. These students had to observe and teach for 30 hours, not including travel time, and fulfill all other course, volunteer, and extracurricular requirements. 

This spring, ten students will be traveling even farther into Minnesota and North Dakota to teach agricultural classes to a wide range of students in grades 5 through 12 for three months. As student teachers, they will take on the responsibility of teaching today's youth about agriculture and natural resources. The teaching internship is a part of the licensure requirements. Teacher interns must pass the Minnesota Teacher Licensure Examinations (MTLE) and gain CPR and First Aid Certification. 
 
Agricultural education students at the U of M, Crookston include the following:

Nathan Anderson, a sophomore from Appleton, Minn., will be transferring to the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities to complete his degree. His future plans are to teach somewhere in Minnesota. 

Jenna Cardinal, a senior from Mentor, Minn., spent the fall in Hawley, Minn., with Mr. Dave Swanson. This spring Jenna will be teaching with Mr. Stephen Funk in Mahnomen, Minn. Her future plans involve teaching in Northwestern Minnesota. She will be graduating in May 2013.  

Thomas Chute, a senior from from Aitkin, Minn., was at Norman County West in Halstad, Minn., with Mrs. Rita Olson in the fall. This spring Thomas will be teaching with Mr. Wes Anderson at Lac Qui Parle Valley High School. His future plans involve working in the agriculture sphere in rural Minnesota, either as a teacher or in the agriculture industry. Thomas also plans on having a small livestock farm. He will be graduating summer 2013.  

Kayla Erickson, a senior from Scandia, Minn., spent the fall in Lakota, N.D., with Mr. Levi Reese. Her future plans involve agricultural business, especially agriculture lending or grain merchandising.  Kayla will be graduating in May 2014.  

Maria Funk, a senior from Sebeka, Minn., was in Hawley, Minn., with Mr. Dave Swanson in the fall. This spring Maria will be teaching in Blackduck, Minn., with Mr. Mark Friesen. Her future plans involve teaching somewhere in Minnesota or North Dakota.  Maria will be graduating in May 2013. 

Justin Goodroad, a sophomore from Lindstrom, Minn., will be transferring to University of Minnesota, Twin Cities to finish his degree in agricultural education with animal science and horticulture minors. 

Jonathan Hruby, a senior from Thief River Falls, Minn., was in Ada, Minn., with Mr. Nathan Purrington in the fall. This spring semester, Jonathan will be teaching with Mr. Shawn Linder in Grand Rapids, Minn. His future plans involve moving to Idaho with his wife and beginning a career as an Agricultural Education instructor. Jonathan will be graduating in May 2013.  

Amy Lee, a junior from Mercer, N.D., spent the fall in Lakota, N.D., with Mr. Levi Reese. This spring Amy will be teaching with Mr. Glen Huettl in Garrison, N.D. Her future plans involve teaching in rural North Dakota, coaching volleyball, and assisting on the family ranch. Amy will be graduating in May 2014. 

Whitney Lian, a senior from Thief River Falls, Minn., was in both Detroit Lakes, Minn., with Mrs. Trescha Mitchell and Norman County East with Mrs. Bridget Sather in the fall. This spring Whitney will be teaching with Mrs. Rita Olson at Norman County West in Halstad, Minn., and Climax, Minn. Her future plans involve teaching agriculture in a rural community and advising their FFA Chapter. Whitney will be graduating in May 2013. 

Allison Noll, a senior from Mahnomen, Minn., was in both Detroit Lakes High School with Mrs. Trescha Mitchell and Detroit Lakes Farm Business Management with Mr. Mark Berg in the fall. This spring Allison will be teaching with Mrs. Katie Shaw at Lincoln High School in Thief River Falls, Minn., and Farm Business Management with Mr. Ron Dvergsten at Northland Community and Technical College in Thief River Falls. Her future plans involve working in Farm Business Management and helping run the family farm in Mahnomen, Minn.  Allison will be graduating in May 2013. 

Kasey Okke, a senior from Hawley, Minn., spent the fall in Frazee, Minn., with Mr. Ken Hammer. This spring Kasey will be teaching with Mr. Richard Vannett in Rugby, N.D. His future plans involve teaching agriculture and advising an FFA program in a rural community. Also, Kasey would like to coach either football or throwers in track and field. Kasey will be graduating summer 2013.

Addie O'Neil, a senior from Redwood Falls, Minn., was in Mahnomen, Minn., with Mr. Stephen Funk in the fall. This spring Addie will be teaching with Mr. Gary Rodgers in Belgrade, Minn. (B. B. E. High School). Her future plans involve pursuing a master's degree, teaching, rodeo, and traveling. Addie will be graduating in fall 2013.

Kaitlyn Tollefsrud, a senior from Hawley, Minn., spent the fall at Norman County West in Halstad, Minn., with Mrs. Rita Olson. This spring Kaitlyn will be teaching with Mr. Shawn Feiring in New Salem, N.D. Her future plans involve educating youth about agriculture whether teaching in a high school or county extension. Kaitlyn will be graduating in May 2013. 

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers 27 bachelor's degree programs, 18 minors, and 39 concentrations on campus--as well as 10 degrees online--in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of 1,800 undergraduates from 25 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu.

In the photo, front row, left to right, are Whitney Lian, Maria Funk, Amy Lee, Addie O'Neil, Allison Noll, and Jenna Cardinal. In the back row are Kaitlyn Tollefsrud, Kasey Okke, Thomas Chute, Jon Hruby, Professor Lyle Westrom, and Kayla Erickson.


Contact: Lyle Westrom, professor, Agriculture and Natural Resources, 218-281-8110 (lwestrom@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8423 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

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