DASSEL, COKATO, MN Tracy Nelson of Dassel-Cokato High School is hosting MaQuelah Schueler, an agricultural education intern.
The internship is part of a State Teach Ag Results (STAR) program initiative, which is coordinated by the Minnesota Agricultural Education Leadership Council (MAELC).
Six students majoring in agricultural education at Southwest Minnesota State University, the University of Minnesota-Crookston, the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, South Dakota State University, and the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, with the intent to teach agricultural education in Minnesota, have been selected and paired with current Minnesota agriculture teachers for the summer.
During the internship, Schueler will be working closely with Nelson to help local students and community members engage in agricultural education throughout the summer months.
“I want to share my passion for agriculture with students and inspire them to find a passion and follow it,” explained Schueler.
“Dassel-Cokato is excited to welcome MaQuelah to our agriculture program this summer,” stated Nelson. “She will be working with students on building an outdoor learning lab, and be involved in community projects, county fairs, Breakfast on the Farm, coaching a Career Development Event (CDE) team, and many other aspects of agricultural education.”
The purpose of the agricultural education internship is to spark an interest in current undergraduate students to consider entering the teaching profession, and to provide hands-on experience as an agriculture teacher.
The experience will focus on summer programing, such as Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) visits, county fairs, and FFA leadership retreats.
One week of the internship will be spent at the Minnesota Association of Agricultural Educators (MAAE) summer conference, providing opportunities for professional development and networking.
This internship was made possible by generous donations from AgriBank, Compeer Financial, Riverview LLP, and MAELC.
MAELC is a 17-member legislative council that provides leadership to promote and expand agricultural education in Minnesota. The state legislature, agricultural educators, and agriculture industry leaders are all represented on the council.