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Two Penn State AEE Majors chosen as National Teach Ag Ambassadors

Posted: June 11, 2013

Two of Penn State’s Agricultural and Extension Education majors have been chosen as the National Teach Ag Ambassadors. Senior Meagan Slates and Junior Jillian Gordon have both been chosen to represent Agriculture Education by acting as ambassadors for the National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE).
AEE Senior Meagan Slates

AEE Senior Meagan Slates


 

Jillian Gordon, AEE JuniorThis year, not one but two of Penn State’s Agricultural and Extension Education majors have been chosen as the National Teach Ag Ambassadors. Senior Meagan Slates and Junior Jillian Gordon (below left) have both been chosen to represent Agriculture Education by acting as ambassadors for the National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE). Penn State is again the only school with two students serving as ambassadors. Meagan is a Senior in Agricultural and Extension Education in the Environmental Science Option. Originally from McDonald, PA, Meagan has a keen interest in horticulture and loves working outside in her garden. When asked why she became interested in becoming an Ag Teacher, she replied, “I love watching students get excited, learn, and succeed at something they are truly passionate about.” Jillian is a Junior in Agricultural and Extension Education in the Production Option. Jillian is originally from Elverson, PA, and is a graduate of Twin Valley High School. She enjoys Agribusiness Management and loves THON! Jill said, “Why not (Teach Ag!)? Ag Teachers have the unique opportunity to be part teacher, part friend, part mentor, part guidance counselor, and an all-around role model. Their influence is endless, seeing that they have the potential to influence so many students.” Both ladies are members of the Teach Ag Society, Alpha Zeta Fraternity, and currently serve as Teach Ag! Avengers for the Center for Professional Personnel Development in the AESE department. NAAE began its Teach Ag! Campaign in 2010 with its first Teach Ag! Day in February 2010. Since then, the organization has expanded its campaign to include recruitment and retention activities to increase the number of Agricultural Educators across the country.