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Heiby and Nicol Selected for National Agricultural Education Symposium

Ohio State agriscience education students Logan Heiby and Frances Nicol were selected to attend the Future Agriscience Teacher (FAST) Symposium as part of the National Association of Agricultural Educators’ (NAAE) annual conference in December in Nashville, Tennessee.


Heiby and Nicol are two of 20 agriscience education students from across the nation who were selected to spend five days receiving professional development that will help them in their future careers as classroom agriculture teachers. The symposium will include training in inquiry based classroom instruction, classroom management techniques, cultural competence training and the development of engaging agricultural curriculum to promote and enhance the science in agriculture.


“I am excited when our young educators seek opportunities to take their skills to the next level,” said Dr. Tracy Kitchel, professor of agriscience education and chair of the Department of Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership. “The FAST Symposium will provide Logan and Frances with additional training that will not only greatly impact their skills in the classroom, but will have a positive impact on their future students.”


Heiby, of Coldwater and Nicol, of Plain City, are seniors studying agriscience education. Heiby will begin his student teaching experience at Marion Local Schools under the supervision of Matt Elsass in January. Nicol, will complete her student teaching at Northwestern High School with Erica Hillard as her supervisor.


The agriscience education major at Ohio State prepares its students you to acquire a license to teach agricultural science in secondary high schools in Ohio and across the country, with extensive training in agricultural science, educational psychology, instructional methods, and youth development. For additional information on the agriscience education major, visit or call 614.247.6358.