Meet Our Past Interns:
Christine Balint of Firelands High School in Vermilion, OH is a Senior at The Ohio State University majoring in Agriscience Education. Her passion for agriculture comes from her experiences through FFA and ag classes with her teacher. Christine completed her student teaching at Big Walnut High School. Christine is now a teacher at Fairfield Union High School where she hopes to instill memories for future students and get them excited about agriculture.
Katherine Bell is a graduate of The Ohio State University. She spent two years at OSU ATI and transferred to Columbus in the fall of 2016. Katherine graduated from Liberty Center high school where she was actively involved in the FFA program. During college, Katherine has been a Resident Advisor and a member of the Agricultural Education Society. Katherine completed her student teaching this spring at Lancaster High School. Katherine wants to get involved with teaching agriculture because she wants to give back to the organization that gave her many opportunities. Katherine is currently a first-year teacher at Liberty Center High School.
Tania D. Burgos Hernandez is a graduate of Colegio Santa Rosa Superior and is originally from Bayamon, Puerto Rico. Since Tania has no background with the National FFA Organization, the Agriscience Internship is an exciting learning experience for her. She currently attends The Ohio State University School of Environment and Natural Resources where she is working on obtaining her Ph.D. in soil science. Upon completion, Tania wants to teach agriculture in an Ohio high school and loves that agriscience education is a hands-on career where students have the opportunity to practice what they learn.
Emily Burns graduated from The Ohio State University in 2017 and is from Baltimore, OH. She beganher career as an agriculture educator at A.B Graham with their middle school program, helping students succeed in all aspects of the school, learn about agriculture, and find their fit in the FFA organization. Emily is now teaching at Kenton High School which is a part of the Ohio Hi-Point Career Center.
Justin Feltz, from Versailles Ohio, is a graduate of The Ohio State University, majored in Animal Sciences with a desire to teach. Justin is now working in the ag industry as a Complex Supervisor at Weaver Brother Eggs Inc.
Logan Heiby is a graduate from The Ohio State University. He is from Coldwater, Ohio and was an FFA member of the Coldwater Tri-Star FFA Chapter for four years. He is now teaching Agriscience Education at Crestview. He wanted to be an Agriscience Teacher because he loves teaching about agriculture, and he also wants to help guide students just as his FFA Advisors did for him.
Wyatt Jones was a 2015 graduate of McClain High School in Greenfield, Ohio. He is currently a senior at The Ohio State University. Wyatt is an active member of Saddle and Sirloin, a student organization devoted to promoting livestock and meat industries on campus, Ag Ed Society, an organization comprised of future agriscience educators, and was a Resident Advisor during the 2016-2017 academic year. His passion for agriculture and sharing it with others has encouraged him to pursue a career in agriscience education. Wyatt hopes to foster the potential of students who will be future leaders of the agricultural industry. Wyatt will be student teaching in the spring at Maryville High School. He is excited for the opportunity to teach in a three-teacher program, and learn to experience the variety of topics that educators collectively cover.
Elizabeth Landis is a junior studying Agriscience Education at The Ohio State University. She graduated from Anna High School where she was actively involved in the FFA. Elizabeth did not grow up on a farm but has always wanted to learn more about the agriculture industry. Agricultural education at her school has provided Elizabeth with the opportunity to do just that. Seeing the growth and development within herself and her classmates inspired Elizabeth to pursue a career as a teacher of agriculture. As a college undergraduate, she hopes to gain the most experience possible to prepare for her career. She is involved in several student organizations, a scholars program, and has studied abroad. Elizabeth realizes how important agricultural education is to students, communities, and the industry. She is excited to become a teacher and give students the opportunities she received as an FFA member. Elizabeth is currently interning for Harvest Land Cooperative to help give her more experience before teaching.
Cody McClain is a graduate of Upper Sandusky High School and grew up on a grain production farm. His first year of college was completed at Ohio State ATI where worked as a learning laboratory tutor and served as vice president of Collegiate FFA. He is currently a fourth-year student at The Ohio State University, Columbus campus, majoring in AgriScience Education and minoring in agricultural systems management. At the Columbus campus, he is working as a research assistant in the Department of Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership, serving as the treasurer of Agricultural Education Society and ambassador for the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. His passion for agriculture merged with education, which lead him to pursue a career in teaching agricultural sciences. He believes the Agriscience Education Internship will provide him the opportunity to learn more about agricultural education and better prepare himself for the classroom. Cody hopes to share knowledge and skills and instill passion and enthusiasm in the lives of students through agricultural education and FFA involvement. Cody will be student teaching this spring at National Trail MVCTC. He is looking forward to this opportunity to prepare even more for his future classroom.
Levi Myers graduated from Wilmington College with a degree in Agriculture and Adolescent/ Young Adult Education He is from Shiloh, Ohio. Levi is current an Agriscience Education teacher and FFA advisor at Northwestern-Wayne High School.
Frances Nicol is a graduate of The Ohio State University, Columbus campus, from Plain City, Ohio, studied in Agriscience Education. Frances’s love for agriculture began at a young age as she grew up her family’s 3rd generation grain and dairy beef farm. She graduated from Fairbanks High School and was actively involved in FFA and 4-H. The hands-on experiences in and out of the classroom inspired her to pursue a career in teaching agriculture. At Ohio State, she is heavily involved in several student organizations such as the Agricultural Education Society, Agriculture Communicators of Tomorrow, and Towers Agricultural Honorary. As a second-year intern, Frances has learned so much about agricultural education and believed she is better prepared for the classroom. She is excited to begin working with her students and teaching the future generations of agriculturalists.
Ellyse Shafer, a graduate of Clear Fork Valley High School in Bellville, Ohio, is in her senior year at The Ohio State University at the Columbus campus. There, she is majoring in Agriscience Education with the intent to remain in the state of Ohio to teach agriculture upon graduation. On campus, she is involved in Sigma Alpha Professional Agricultural Sorority, Agricultural Education Society, and Alpha Zeta Partners Agricultural Honorary. Her interest in agriculture stems from her active involvement in the Richland County 4-H program and the Clear Fork Valley FFA chapter. In her free time, she loves to return to the family Quarter Horse farm and travel around the state attending horse shows sanctioned by the International Barrel Racing Association. In her future career as an agricultural educator, she mostly looks forward to the individual impact that she hopes to make on her students’ lives with their understanding of agriculture and future career choices.
Laura Swinehart is currently a junior year at Wilmington College. She is from Lancaster, Ohio and was a FFA member of the Fairfield Union FFA Chapter for four years. She is studying Agricultural Business and Education. At Wilmington, she is involved with the Varsity Swim Team and Aggies. Her passion for agriculture and helping others grow is the reason for her choice to become a teacher. She also wants to have an impact on those in the classroom just like her instructors had upon her. She was raised on a small hobby farm where her family raised sheep where her love for agriculture formed. She was involved with 4-H for thirteen years where she took a variety of projects where her passion for agriculture took off. Once she entered high school she wanted to become an agriculture instructor and her passion for agriculture grew through gaining knowledge about the industry. She is excited to graduate in three years and be in the classroom.
Alex Tuggle is a graduate of The Ohio State University in Agriscience Education. He graduated from Firelands High School in Oberlin, Ohio where his passion for agriculture and the FFA first took off on his family’s sheep farm. He is now an animal science instructor at Washington Park High School where he looks forward to impacting the lives of future generations in the agricultural industry.
Sara Thwaits is currently a student at The Ohio State University. Sara has spent part of her education at OSU ATI and will transfer to the Columbus campus in the fall of 2017. Sara is pursuing a degree in Agribusiness and Applied Economics Sara is a 2015 graduate of Marion Local High School in Maria Stein, Ohio. In high school, Sara was very active within her FFA chapter which is where she developed her passion for agriculture. In her future, Sara hopes to instill the same passion of agriculture she has within the next generation of students and inspire them to become the future leaders of the agricultural industry.
Cece Utendorf is a graduate of The Ohio State University with a degree in Agribusiness and Applied Economics and minor in Production Agriculture. She grew up on a farm in Columbus Grove, a small town in northwest Ohio. She is currently employed by Select Sires, Inc. where she is able to share her passion for agriculture.
Kayla Walls is a graduate of Parkway High School from Mendon, Ohio. As a senior at The Ohio State University studying Agriscience Education, she is involved in Agricultural Education Society, Alpha Zeta Partnership, Romophos Honorary, and Saddle & Sirloin Club. Kayla also is a member of the CFAES Learning Community and the STEP Program. Her passion for agriculture comes from growing up on a grain farm in Midwest Ohio and being actively involved with FFA and 4-H. In her future career as an agriscience instructor, she looks forward to positively influencing the future generations of the agricultural industry. Kayla will be student teaching this spring at Bloom Carroll High School, she is looking forward to the opportunity to expand her networks to central Ohio.