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Kirsten Blackford

Class of 2014
From Paxton, IL
Interned at University of Illinois Extension, 4-H Intern for Unit 13 (Champaign, Ford, Iroquois, and Vermilion counties)
Student taught at Tri-Point High School
Agriculture Teacher and FFA Advisor, Blue Ridge High School, Farmer City, Illinois

Kirsten Blackford works with the future of agriculture every day, and never has the same day twice. She chose the University of Illinois Ag Education Program to help her reach her goal of being a high school ag teacher, and she said the program provided her with countless opportunities to meet her future colleagues. She also commends the use of observation and clinical hours to help her learn her own teaching style and how to be an effective educator. She says, “Working with the future of agriculture is a rewarding experience. I love seeing the excitement for new ideas and new adventures that my students are able to experience.”   

During her time in the College of ACES, Kirsten was involved in numerous clubs and organizations including Sigma Alpha Sorority, ACES Council, Alpha Tau Alpha, IAVAT Student Branch, Collegiate FFA, and Ag Education Club. She says students and teachers alike share the same passion for agriculture within the college and she enjoyed being a representative for ACES. She also says, “The University of Illinois demands excellence from each student. This standard drives students to succeed in their academics and carries into their future careers. Not many people can say they are an Illini.”

Learn more about Kirsten's path to the University of Illinois!