Hi everyone, my name is Jodi McMillan and I am honored to be representing Bureau County Farm Bureau as your Agricultural Literacy Coordinator. I was raised in west central Illinois on a crop/livestock farm, with both of my parents being teachers. So, it is “in my blood” you could say to promote agriculture within the classroom! I have a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Education and have worked as a paraprofessional for the Princeton Elementary preschool program. I am very excited about stepping back into the classroom to help students understand the importance of Agriculture in our everyday lives. I live in Tiskilwa, with my husband Kyle and our daughter Lauren who will be a freshman at the University of Illinois this fall. Our family raises Hereford cattle and spend our summers showing across the country.
I have spent time looking over the wonderful resources provided by the Ag in the Classroom curriculum and kits. There will be many opportunities and activities to peak the student’s interest toward agriculture – how exciting! I am also registered to attend the AITC Coordinator workshop in September, hoping to bring back even more lessons for our Bureau County students. In August I will be busy contacting the teachers within our county to set up classroom visits throughout the school year. It is my goal to bring new ideas to classrooms, create an interest in agriculture and have lots of fun with the elementary students within our schools.
I look forward to working with the teachers and students of Bureau County. Teaching agricultural education to students at a young age helps students understand how things grow, where food comes from and how the world around them works, I feel it is a privilege to be a part in this process.