Taylorville High School Agriculture Teacher and FFA Advisor
I grew up on my great grandparent’s farm in New Berlin, IL just west of Springfield. My family raises shorthorn cattle. I hope to one day move back and raise a family of my own when I am finished with school. Growing up, I showed cattle with my older brother at various county fairs. I have always had a love for showing livestock and I have stayed active with the livestock industry. I am currently on the University of Illinois livestock judging team where we compete at National levels. This past spring we competed at the National Western Stock show where we were 6th as a team and I was 7th individual in cattle. This coming fall we will be traveling all over the United States competing and representing the University. Before transferring to the University of Illinois, I went to Lincoln Land Community College (LLCC) in Springfield where I had an amazing experience. I was fortunate enough to receive a scholarship for livestock judging there. I was very active within the Ag department and I was president of the Ag Club my sophomore year. My judging coach at LLCC is actually the reason I am attending the U of I. I was planning on attending ISU. However, I am glad he swayed my decision because I am really enjoying my time here. Currently, I am a senior majoring in Agriculture Education with a minor in Animal Science. However, after my internship this summer with Pioneer, I am considering changing my minor to crop science.
I work at the meat science lab here on campus throughout the school year. I have helped with research projects and on a regular basis I help package and get product ready for sale. I really enjoy my job at the University. This summer, I am an intern with pioneer right outside of Champaign. Here I do a variety of jobs like tissue sampling and pollinating corn. I also love to go home and work with my dad and brother. I have stayed active with my local 4-H ever since I was too old to show myself. I love to see young kids get the chance to show the projects they have worked on all year long. I am a proud Aunt of a little 3 year old boy named Justin and a niece who is 1 month old named Sydney. I enjoy spending time with them. I am happy that Justin wants to show livestock, so this past summer he got to show two Yorkshire gilts at our county fair. Being able to see kids get excited about something like showing or competing at contests has helped me decide that I want to teach, I love to see kids succeed at something they have worked so hard at. I want to be able to help educate them and teach them new things that they can use in their everyday lives. I feel that the most successful Ag program is one in which students help make decisions and work for what they want to achieve. I want my students to have the opportunity to be themselves and not worry what someone else thinks because life is too short to look back and have regrets.