Student Teaching

Student Teaching

Feb 11
Debra Korte, Teaching Assistant Professor, Agricultural Education

Five agricultural education students in the Agriculture Sciences Education (ASE) concentration are participating in the student teaching experience this semester. Those students and their cooperating schools are:

  • Kirsten Blackford, Tri-Point High School
  • Liz Harfst, Taylorville High School
  • Bryanne Kalous, Sullivan High School
  • Kiersten Kasey, Carlyle High School
  • Mark McKown, Waterloo High School

During this on-the-job experience, students assume all the roles of a typical high school agriculture teacher and FFA advisor. When asked about the experience thus far, Kirsten Blackford said she is enjoying every minute! “I am realizing more and more each day how much I love to be in the classroom. My favorite part of teaching, so far, is working with the students. Whether we are working on lab or having a class discussion, the students and I are learning together.”

In addition to classroom responsibilities, Kirsten also assists with all aspects of the Tri-Point FFA Chapter. “Recently, we had two students finish their state degree interviews and they are now getting ready for proficiency awards. I am looking forward to the remainder of the semester.”

All of the student teachers are working hard to learn as much as they can from outstanding cooperating teachers who volunteer their time during this important step in the educational process. It takes a passion for agriculture and a desire to positively inspire others to be a teacher. Studying agriculture education in the college of ACES provides the opportunity to make a difference in students’ lives while simultaneously promoting the importance of agriculture


This photo is of Mark McKown teaching students. Photo was supplied by Tim McDermott, Waterloo High School agriculture teacher.