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Interview with the new AgEd Teacher: Miss Dei

posted Nov 15, 2017, 4:25 AM by Jeffrey Wolf

By: Mariah Flynn, Staff Writer
Posted November 15th, 2017

What made you want to become an agricultural teacher?

My agriculture teacher at Kewaskum High School inspired me to go into this profession.  He challenged me, and sometimes I disliked him - but in the end he knew what was best for me and I thank him for that every day!  I am proud to now call him my mentor and my friend.

What pulled you towards Slinger?

Slinger is a great school that provides students with a high quality education!  I also have family ties in the area!  My Grandpa Beine was a founding member of the Slinger FFA in 1950!

Where are you from originally?

I am from Kewaskum, and a 2010 graduate of Kewaskum High School.

What would you like to accomplish in your first year at Slinger High School and with the FFA organization?

This year I would like to recruit more students to join the Slinger FFA and to take agriculture classes next year!  I will be offering a new Ag Business class and a Leadership and Communications course!  As well as all the fun animal and plant courses too!

What are some misconceptions about FFA?

A goal of the officer team and myself is to break the stereotype of the FFA and get more people involved!  We haven’t been the “Future Farmers of America” since the 1980s, so it’s about time we broke the stigma!  Most people don’t know we are a leadership organization and offer unique opportunities like conferences, workshops, and conventions that help develop skills we all need in the real world after high school!

Following our Thanksgiving theme, do you have any fun facts about turkeys that you'd like to share?

1.) Turkeys are able to fly up to 55mph - if only for a short distance.

2.) Benjamin Franklin wished to have wild turkeys as the national bird of the USA, rather than the bald eagle.