Each year the Department of Agricultural Communication, Education and Leadership (ACEL) at Ohio State University sends students to high schools around the state for 12 weeks to gain real world experience in the classroom. This year the agricultural education program at River Valley High School welcomed student teacher MaKayla Risner, a Whiteoak High School graduate and a senior in the Ohio State College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) who is an agriscience education major.
While student teaching at River Valley High School, Risner is under the guidance of agriculture teacher and FFA advisor Karen Seckel.
“’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.”
Upon completion of her student teaching experience, Risner will earn a bachelor of science in agriculture with a major in agriscience education and minor in production agriculture.
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, visit acel.osu.edu.
Submitted by Emily Wickham, communication and undergraduate program manage, OSU Extension.