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MSU Ag Education Major Chosen for National Ambassador Program
STARKVILLE, Miss.—A Mississippi State University undergraduate student is making her mark on the national stage as a National #TeachAg Ambassador.
Hannah Grace Childress, a senior pursuing a degree in agricultural education, leadership, and communications at MSU, joins a group of 12 other students from different parts of the country who are also involved in agricultural education. This program, known as the National #TeachAg Ambassador Program, is an initiative led by the National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE). Its purpose is to encourage prospective students to consider careers in agricultural teaching by sharing the unique experiences of the ambassadors.
Childress expressed her excitement about being part of this initiative, saying, “Agricultural education majors come from diverse backgrounds, and we can learn so much from each other. I am thrilled to work with the other ambassadors, get to know them, and hear their stories.”
Childress first learned about MSU’s agriculture education program during the 2021 National Future Farmers of America Convention and Expo, and it instantly felt like the right fit for her. She described the program as being small, with supportive teachers who are always willing to help. After completing her degree, she plans to return to her home state of Alabama and become a high school agriculture teacher. Childress believes that being a National #TeachAg Ambassador will enhance her education by providing her with valuable connections and experiences that she can bring to her future classroom.
Associate Professor OP McCubbins, from MSU’s School of Human Sciences, explained that the ambassadors gain access to a network of professionals and peers, receive specialized training, and have the opportunity to interact with diverse audiences. This program also allows them to attend events like the National FFA Convention, where they can meet industry leaders and gain exposure in the field.
“The ambassador serves as a bridge between our institution and the broader agricultural education community, fostering relationships and collaborations,” McCubbins said. “Their role not only highlights the significance of agricultural education but also showcases our college as a leading institution in shaping the future of the profession.”
The agricultural education, leadership, and communications major is one of four undergraduate majors offered by the MSU School of Human Sciences in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. The program equips graduates with the skills to effectively communicate agricultural information and address relevant issues.
For more information about MSU’s School of Human Sciences, please visit www.humansci.msstate.edu. To learn more about the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, visit www.cals.msstate.edu.