Before I share some news, I must admit I am ashamed! It has been almost 2 whole months since I last blogged. Terrible! This summer has flown by in the blink of an eye. Somewhere in the middle of this mass chaos we call summer on the farm, a new opportunity presented itself I am very excited about. Nervous, but excited…
On our wedding day, one of our family friends, Susan Frank, gave me a warm, big hug and said, “Welcome to Manito!” What a lovely thing to say to someone who is “new” to the community. She made me feel welcome and accepted. It is a memory I have kept with me since. Little did I know over 3 years later, I would get asked to step up and serve our community and future generations of agriculture.
About a month ago, a member of the Midwest Central School Board reached out to inform me that the Agriculture Education position was open and asked me if I would be interested in applying. I thought about that answer for oh, about 30 seconds, and immediately responded with a yes! At this point in the process, I figured I would apply, but the chances of me actually getting the position would be slim to none. There were so many details that needed to be worked out in a short amount of time, but I felt this strong sense of responsibility to give it my best shot.
Fast forward to a month later, and with the help of many (Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!), I was offered and accepted the position. Overnight, my title of LG Seeds Marketing Coordinator changed to Mrs. Thomas, Midwest Central Agriculture Education Teacher and FFA Advisor. Crazy! Mrs. Thomas? What?!? Who is that? It’s a new title, a new chapter and a true honor.
So, my blog, Lessons from the Levee, (Emily and Holly – did you know this was going to happen when you helped come up with the name), will also be transitioning. Here, I hope to share with you my experiences as a first year Ag-Ed teacher, our Farm Women podcasts, as well as our life on the farm.
In the meantime, I need your help! Please share your FFA memories or your Agriculture Education experiences! What were some of your favorite experiences, lessons and trips? What do you feel needs to be covered better or stressed to agriculture students in the classroom today? Or, if you are a teacher, what advice/insight would you share with a new teacher? The more feedback the better!
Until next time!
“Mrs. Thomas” (So Weird!)