New ag teacher proves that welding and engines isn't just for boys
|Mrs. Janae McMichael.|
Over time McMichael's "passion for agriculture" turned into a “passion for the future of agriculture.” So upon graduation McMichael pursued a degree in Agricultural Education and a minor in Agribusiness Management at Penn State University.
In our modern technological society, it is easy to wonder why agriculture education would be important. McMichael has a simple but powerful answer. “Everybody eats,” she says.
In addition, “the FFA is an excellent avenue to develop educated consumers for the most critical industry in the world, the one that fuels, clothes, and feeds us—agriculture,” says McMichael.
With that in mind, McMichael foresees that the agriculture department will help students discover “the immense amount of leadership opportunities,” provide career opportunities, and that both her and Oberholtzer will successfully integrate technology into their programs.
Overall, McMichael hopes to “help students to uncover their potential to be influential leaders in their school and community”.
When asked at the end of the interview, “What one thing would you like students to know?”
McMichael responded, “I believe in them and [I want to help] them be successful in their career.”
--Joshua Lincoln Herr, LS News Reporter