Agriculture Teacher and FFA Advisor, Blue Ridge High School, Farmer City, Illinois
Jacalyn grew up on a family farm and was involved in 4 -H in Jerseyville, IL. Jacalyn says of her experiences, “I was very active in FFA and with the Shorthorn breed through being a Junior Board Member to representing as the Illinois Shorthorn Lassie Queen.” She is currently the treasurer for the Illinois Shorthorn Lassies. Jacalyn also works summers with the Jersey County 4-H youth as a Dog Obedience Instructor, Goat workshop Clinician, and the 4-H Goat Supervisor.
Jacalyn graduated with her bachelor's degree in Elementary Education with a Middle Level Endorsement in Mathematics and a Music Minor in trumpet. She worked for over a year as a substitute teacher while on the job search for an elementary teaching position before she decided to pursue a master’s degree in Agricultural Science Education. Jacalyn says, “I have always been very active with agriculture even when attending a non-agriculture based university.” But she decided to come back to her roots after hearing about the shortage of teachers in agricultural education and not finding an elementary position that suited her. Jacalyn loves the laid back, helpful, and supportive atmosphere of the Agricultural Education program at the University of Illinois.
A sample of Jacalyn's video work can be found in the link below: