Twenty-six Ohio State University seniors are making their way into high school ag programs across the state. The Department of Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership (ACEL) placed the students, who will complete 12 weeks of student teaching. These students, all in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) studying agriscience education, will gain real-world experience in an agricultural education classroom with the supervision of a current agricultural educator.
Preparation for classroom success
“Student teaching plays a key role in preparing our students to lead their own classrooms,” says Scott Scheer, an OSU professor and interim chairman of ACEL. “Throughout the spring semester, our student teachers experience life as an agriculture teacher and FFA advisor. In addition to the important and engaging work in their classrooms, agriculture teachers also have many responsibilities outside of the classroom: attending meetings, conducting SAE visits, advising the FFA chapter and coaching career development event teams.
These valuable hands-on activities within the student teaching experience create a real-world atmosphere that cannot be duplicated in the college classroom. All of this not only benefits our students, but the high school students they will be teaching in the future,” Scheer says.
Students completing their student teaching experiences during spring semester 2020 and their hosting high school include:
• Megan Bergman, Covington High School
• Ali Butler, Margaretta High School
• Whitney Clagg, Athens High School
• Collin Dunaway, Marysville High School
• Devan Eckert, Southern High School
• Kayla Erickson, Fairfield Union High School
• Haley Evans, Firelands High School
• Kaitlyn Evans, Westfall High School
• Mitchell Gehret, Mississinawa Valley High School
• Bailee Griffeth, A.B. Graham High School
• Caleb Hickman, Big Walnut High School
• Maggie Hovermale, Northwestern High School
• Alaina Kessler, Greenon High School
• Elizabeth Landis, Marion Local High School
• Taylor Lutz, Northmor High School
• Chloe Metcalf, Bowling Green High School
• Cody Myers, Miami East High School
• Kate Myers, Wayne Trace High School
• Julia Naus, Wynford High School
• Taylor Orr, Ridgewood High School
• Charlee Purshing, London High School
• Dakota Sayre, Buckeye Valley High School
• Sydney Stinson, Logan Elm High School
• Claire Vilagi, Clearfork High School
• Brittany Weller, South Central High School
• Haley Wilson, Amanda Clearcreek High School
Upon completion of the student teaching experiences, students will earn a bachelor of science degree in agriculture, with a major in agriscience education and a minor in production agriculture.
Agriscience education is one of three undergraduate majors within ACEL. This major prepares students to acquire a license to teach agricultural science in 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.