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Katie Duitsman

Class of 2012
From Paxton, Illinois
Agriculture Teacher and FFA Advisor, St. Joseph-Ogden School District

In her role as agriculture teacher at St. Joseph-Ogden High School, Mrs. Duitsman educates students about agriculture, food and natural resources. She also provides opportunities for students to learn through classroom or laboratory instruction, experimental learning, and leadership education. 

Mrs. Duitsman says one of the favorite parts of her job is watching students grow from their Freshman year into successful young adults. "I find it very enjoyable to prepare students for future careers in the Agricultural industry. The experiences provided through Ag Education and the National FFA Organization help to develop the individual, the school, and the community", said Duitsman. "It is a wonderful feeling to play a part in developing the future leaders of America!" On a daily basis, she uses good communication skills, organizational abilities, and content knowledge about various facets of agriculture to teach and lead her students.

In preparation to become an agricultural teacher, Mrs. Duitsman took several classes in all of the areas within the College of ACES. "These classes gave me the knowledge needed about the Agriculture industry to be able to teach the content." That being said, she credits the Agricultural Education program for having the biggest impact on her college experience. "The faculty in Ag Ed Program provided me with tools and resources to be successful in my career and acquire real world experiences." 

While a student at the University of Illinois, Mrs. Duitsman was a member of the Ag Ed Club, Alpha Tau Alpha, Hoof & Horn Club, ACES Council, and Delta Gamma Sorority. She said one of the most enjoyable aspects of her time at the university was the opportunity to meet new people and make lifelong connects. "The College of ACES is such a tight knit group of students who share common interests which makes it easy to develop relationships. I also enjoyed cheering on the Fighting Illini!" She also added, "The University of Illinois is the premier university in Illinois. It is large enough to get the full university experience but the College of Aces feels much smaller."