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  • Today is a great day for agriculture! Each day we deplete natural resources, consume food products, and process fibers into clothing and other materials. As our population increases, we will need highly skilled individuals to meet the agricultural demands of our growing world, with limited resources.

    There is a line in the Agriculture Teacher Creed that states, "I am an Agricultural Instructor by choice, not by chance." It is my goal to excite students with knowledge of the agricultural industry, empower students with leadership skills, motivate students to be self-learners, and challenge students to be innovators in the agricultural industry to meet the agricultural needs of our global community. Through FFA opportunities and Supervised Agricultural Experiences program, students have real world opportunities to learn and succeed through Agricultural Education.

    I grew up on a small hobby farm in central Wisconsin where we had several of every species at some point (right down to the ferrets), tapped over 500 maple trees, had acres of vegetables, and worked on local dairy and ginseng farms. I then attended UW-River Falls for a bachelor's degree in Agricultural Education and later earned a master's degree in General Education from UW-Stevens Point.

    I am married and have one son, with whom we enjoy camping, sports, fishing, hunting, games, building, and learning. When I have free time I like to scrapbook, play volleyball and softball, and spend time with family and friends.

    I am a firm believer in role modeling leadership and as such I have served on the State Wide CTE State Standards Revision committee for Agricultural Education, the Agricultural Disciplinary Literacy committee, and the WAAE New Teacher Mentor committee. I have also served as a WAAE board member for 2 terms as a Vice President and a three year term as President. I have helped promote the importance of agriculture by serving on the 2011 Marathon County Agricultural Visions committee, the 2011 Marathon County Farm Technology Youth Tent committee for two years. the Stratford Tree Advisory Board, and volunteer for the Marathon Co Farm Bureau, Marathon County Leaders Federation, and many more. Our students have also stepped up to help with these committees and have excelled at demonstrating their agricultural leadership skills.

    Working with students to complete community service projects locally, and on the state and nationals levels, has been very rewarding. From painting peace gardens at elderly homes, to helping at the Salvation Army soup kitchen, to helping package over 1 million meals with FFA members from all over the nation, to build community gardens, our students are doing amazing things to serve others and make an impact. I like working in the Stratford School District and have appreciated the opportunity to watch middle school students grow into outstanding community leaders.