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)
Ag Teacher Member Profile
Sarah Shriner, Middletown High School
1) Where did you attend college and why did you choose that institution(s)?
North Carolina State University - I wanted to attend college that was far enough away from home, but close enough that I could travel back home for holidays and special occasions. I also wanted to obtain an Animal Science degree from a university with a veterinary school and a great reputation. North Carolina mace a nice choice because of my grandmother's beach house. I make the final decision when I visited the school and met many friendly people. I ended up with dual Bachelors degrees in Science- Animal Science and Agricultural and Extension Education. I also continued after my BS degrees with a gradeuate assistantship and earned a Masters of Agricultural Education.
2) What lead you to the decision to become a high school ag teacher?
I joined the Agricultural Education club at NCSU as a freshmen so I could travel to National FFA Convention with them and work at the career booth and compete in the Extemporaneous Public Speaking contest. Mrs. Welty suggested that I speak to the professors there to ask for help in preparing for the contest. After spending time with the professors and Ag. Ed. majors at convention, I decided to add Ag. Ed. as a dual major. Once I student taught, I fell in love with teaching agriculture to high schoolers. I got to work with animals and children!
3) How long have you been teaching agriculture? Did you, or do you, teach anything else?
I have taught agriculture for 10 years total. I taught for two years at a 5 teacher program at Southern Nash High School in Spring Hope, NC. Then I worked for MAEF for a year as the Director of Middle School and Urban Outreach before taking an ag teaching job at Frederick High School for a year. I have taught for the last 7 years at Middletown High School.
4) What is your most favorite and least favorite things about teaching agriculture?
Most favorite thing - Each and every day is different and presents new challenges. I never get bored! I also love helping students find a passion for agriculture and decide on future agricultural careers. Least favorite thing - There is never enough time!
5) What takes up your time, other than Ag Ed and FFA? I am a mom of 3 children under 5!
I don't have much time to myself. My daughter dances on the tot dance company. I sold the goats while my children are little but I still like to keep up with the dairy goat world. We also just got a puppy to add to this mix! I love to read but have not had much time for that lately. I also love to travel and try to do it as much as possible!
6) If you weren't an ag teacher, what else would you see yourself doing?
I would like to be an agricultural education professor one day. If I had not student taught, I would have probably applied to veterinary school.
7) If you could change anything about Maryland Ag Education or MATA what would it be?
I would love to see more ag ed programs and have more teachers join MATA!
Agricultural Education Programs in Maryland
*color coded by Maryland FFA Regions
Agriculture Teachers Association, Inc.