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Welcome our New Programs Managers!

We are excited to welcome Bethany Mathie and Jonathan Seaman to the PSU Teach Ag team! Both Beth and Jon will be Cocurricular Program Mangers with the Center for Professional Personal Development and bring with them a wealth of teaching and professional development experience. They both will be assisting with the many components of agriculture education at PSU and are available to support you and your programs as needed.

We are excited to welcome Bethany Mathie and Jonathan Seaman to the PSU Teach Ag team!  Both Beth and Jon will be Cocurricular Program Mangers with the Center for Professional Personal Development and bring with them a wealth of teaching and professional development experience.  They both will be assisting with the many components of agriculture education at PSU and are available to support you and your programs as needed. 

Beth has over 12 years of classroom experience, and was most recently the education coordinator for Baltimore City Public Schools’ outdoor education facility, Great Kids Farm.  Her responsibilities at the farm included creating meaningful farm based opportunities for students as well as providing mentoring and professional development opportunities for teachers.  Prior to her work in Baltimore, she was a high school agriculture teacher at Penns Manor High School in Indiana County and Kennard Dale High School in York County. Beth has a B.S in AEE and a M.S. in Horticulture both from PSU.  In addition, she received her principal certification from Towson University in Maryland.  Beth’s areas of interest are teaching diverse populations, teacher preparedness, teacher retention, problem/project-based learning, and school gardens.  She currently lives in State College with her husband Ben, son Gabriel, and their family pets. 

Jon has over 7 years of experience in both a traditional school based agriculture program as well as in a career magnet school program in the Chambersburg Area School District.  He has implemented various grant-funded projects including a large-scale rain garden next to the district’s administration building as well as a 3,000 sq. ft. green roof on a portion of the high school’s building.  In addition, Jon taught introductory and advanced STEM courses and had the opportunity to work collaboratively with another technology education teacher to utilize 3-D printing/drawing, industrial robotics, and welding/machining technology.  His areas of focus are industry-recognized certifications, problem/project-based learning, advanced STEM, 3-D printing, robotics, nanotechnology, and career readiness/preparation in education.  Jon and his fiancé Tracy just welcomed their son, Dawson, into world last month.  They as well as Tracy’s daughter, Bella, are currently residing in Altoona. 

Beth can be reached at blm157@psu.edu and Jon can be reached at jts250@psu.edu