Farm Horizons, Oct. 2018

Former DC student gains experience as agricultural education intern

By Julia Jagodzinski

The agricultural education teachers of both Tracy High School and Russell-Tyler-Ruthton High School have had some extra help over the summer.

Emily Amundson of Dassel was an intern for the agricultural education departments of both. Amundson is an agricultural education major at Southwest Minnesota State University.

“Emily was very beneficial to both me and the students,” said Jason Kaare, agriculture instructor and FFA advisor at Tracy Area High School. “She helped run our garden, and got new curriculum for our students to utilize for studying for FFA contests this upcoming year.”

Amundson credits her agricultural educator at Dassel-Cokato High School, Eric Sawatzke, as the reason she is so intrigued by the career. “He showed me the importance of ag ed and teaching kids more about it,” Amundson said.

Amundson was a member of FFA from her freshman year of high school to her freshman year of college.

“I got to go with the students of both schools to their officer retreats over the summer, so it was nice to be able to share my past experiences in FFA with them and have them share their experiences as well,” Amundson said.

“Emily gained a variety of skills and connections that will be valuable as she enters her own agricultural education classroom in the coming years,” said Jennifer Boersma, agriculture teacher at Russell-Tyler-Ruthton School.

The internship in which Amundson participated was a program of the Minnesota Agricultural Education Leadership Council (MAELC).

The MAELC internships placed seven agricultural education students in seven different schools throughout the state.

The interns are paid through MAELC, with the help of a grant from State Teach Ag Results, and donations from AgriBank.

“Both of my advisors were very supportive, and gave me insight and activities to use in the future,” Amundson said. “It gave me the ability to form connections with people I didn’t know from around the state.”

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