Hi, I’m Emily.
I grew up with 2 brothers and a sister in a subdivision in Lithia, Florida. No one in my family had ever been involved in agriculture. My grandma had property and horses and a garden but that was about it. My sophomore year of high school I signed up for an ag class and thought I would go just try it out.
I did 3 FFA contests, ran for an officer position and showed a cow. Next year it only escalated. 4 contests, coached one of them, won a state title in another, 2 cows, and ran for 2 officer positions at school and for the county. Senior year was the same way and I loved every minute of it. Beyond just the FFA stuff I got involved in some pageants and was the Junior Beef Ambassador for Florida one year.
I’m not trying to brag about myself just trying to explain my passion for the agriculture industry and how those years influenced who I am and why I plan on becoming an ag teacher.
All throughout high school I planned on being a vet until I started college. All my friends from school said I was going to be an Ag teacher but I told them there was no way. So, there I was taking classes and no plan for my future only knowing that I wanted to have a job in the agricultural field. It wasn’t until I was volunteering with a program called Ag Venture and teaching third graders about dairy cows that I knew I wanted to teach.
Watching the faces of these kids light up as they learned from me and told me about all the other things they learned about agriculture that day motivated me to pursue a career that would let me do this for the rest of my life.