Agriculture Teachers Association, Inc.
Ag Teacher Member Profile
Jodi Callahan, Caroline County Career and Technology Center
1) Where did you attend college and why did you choose that institution(s)?
I attended Delaware State University in Dover, DE because it was about 15 minutes from home. I was able to keep my job at the local feed store, work at the off-campus Angus & Goat farm, attend full-time college classes and be a mommy.
2) What lead you to the decision to become a high school ag teacher?
I knew in 3rd grade I wanted to be an Ag Teacher and FFA Advisor. When I met my brother's 7th grade Ag Teacher, Mrs. Cook, I knew she had the coolest job ever and that is what I wanted to do. When I was in high school, Mr. Keith Shane was my animal science teacher and I soaked up every word out of his lectures. I knew I wanted to focus on Animal Science.
3) How long have you been teaching agriculture? Did you, or do you, teach anything else?
I have been teaching agriculture for 7 years, all of my time has been spent at the Caroline Career and Technology Center in Ridgely, MD.
4) What is your most favorite and least favorite things about teaching agriculture?
My favorite "thing" to teach is "reproduction". After studying Timed Artificial Insemination in grad school, I became fascinated by the science, technology, and miracles that occur. My favorite thing about teaching is watching students grow and utilize their knowledge to help educate others on where their food truly comes from and how it is produced. My least favorite thing about agriculture education is there is never enough time in the day!
5) What takes up your time, other than Ag Ed and FFA?
What takes up my time???? Hmmm.... Well first and foremost, I am a Mommy to two beautiful children Carlee (11) and Hoyt (3), yes, he is named after the Bow company. I am married to a dairy farmer, David Callahan; as you can imagine my love of agriculture keeps me busy on the family farm. When I am not on the farm, at an FFA function or in the classroom, you can find me on the field hockey sidelines cheering on Carlee! I also spend a lot of my time at the Outdoor Agricultural Learning Facility at school helping students grow their SAE projects.
6) If you weren't an ag teacher, what else would you see yourself doing?
If I were not in ag education, I could see myself....."Agvocating" in Annapolis! I truly believe informing and educating others about the truth of where their food is produced and how it is produced is my passion.
7) If you could change anything about Maryland Ag Education or MATA what would it be?
If I could change anything about MATA or MD Ag Ed, it would be.... to have more informal gatherings to get to know the awesome Ag Teachers in the great state of Maryland! I am always learning new ways to do things and I feel it is important to be a life-long learner!
Agricultural Education Programs in Maryland
*color coded by Maryland FFA Regions
2017 Summer Professional Development Conference & Technical Update
At the Baltimore County Ag Center, dates to be determined.
Embassy Suites by Hilton (Baltimore, Hunt Valley)
213 International Cir.
Cockeysville, MD 21030
Agricultural Resource Center and Farm Park - Baltimore County
1114 Shawan Road
Cockeysville, MD 21030
(teachers should park on the left side of the drive in the marked area off the parking lot. - do not park in the main parking lot)