Ohio State agriscience education seniors complete student teaching around Ohio

March 24, 2021

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.