Past Agriscience Interns

Meet Our Past Interns:

Christine Balint
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 is completing her student teaching this spring at Big Walnut High School. As a future career, she plans to work as a high school Ag Ed teacher where she can instill memories for future students and get them excited about agriculture.

Katherine Bell 
Katherine Bell is a senior at 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 were she was actively involved in the FFA program. During college, Katherine has been a Resident Advisor and a member of Agricultural Education Society. Katherine will be completing 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.

Tania Burgos
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
Emily Burns graduated from The Ohio State University in 2017 and is from Baltimore, OH.  She has began her career as an agriculture educator at A.B Graham with their middle school program, helping students succeed in all aspects of school, learn about agriculture, and find their fit in the FFA organization.

Justin Feltz
Justin Feltz, from Versailles Ohio, is  currently a fifth year at The Ohio State University, majoring in Animal Sciences with a desire to teach. He is excited to spread his wealth of knowledge of agricultural education to others interested in pursuing a career in teaching agriculture. In the future he plans to be an Agricultural Education Instructor at a high school.


Logan Heiby 
Logan Heiby is currently a senior student at 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 studying Agriscience Education and is involved in Agricultural Education Society. Logan will complete his student teaching this spring at Marion Local High school. He wants 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 
Wyatt Jones was a 2015 graduate of McClain High School in Greenfield, Ohio. He is currently in his third year as a student at The Ohio State University – Columbus campus. 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.

Elizabeth Landis
Elizabeth Landis is a first-year student 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.

Cody McClain
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 second year student at The Ohio State University, Columbus campus, majoring 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 pursuing 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

Levi Myers
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 teacher and FFA advisor at Northwestern-Wayne High School.

Frances Nicol 
Frances Nicol is a currently third year at The Ohio State University, Columbus campus, from Plain City, Ohio, studying 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 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 graduate next spring and begin working with her students and teaching the future generations of agriculturalists.

Ellyse Shafer 
Ellyse Shafer, graduate of Clear Fork Valley High School in Bellville, Ohio, is in her second year of studies 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
Laura Swinehart is currently a first year student 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
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
Sara Thwaits is currently a second-year 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. As a college student, Sara is very active within her campus. She serves as a Student Ambassador and a member of the Homecoming Court. 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. Her passion for agriculture has inspired her to pursue a career in Agriscience Education. 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
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
Kayla Walls is a graduate of Parkway High School from Mendon, Ohio. As a third year student 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.