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Agriculture Student Teacher Profiles

2013-14 STUDENT TEACHER PROFILES

Dani Battisti 

  • Graduated from University of California, Davis in Animal Science. 
  • Specialization in Animal Science
  • Agricultural work experience:
  • Atwater High School graduate, FFA member

Christie Bennett 

  • Graduated from University of California, Davis in Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.
  • Specialization in Plant Science
  • Agricultural work experience:
  • Los Banos High School graduate, FFA member

Erin Simons 

  • Graduated from University of California, Davis in Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.
  • Specialization in Environmental Science
  • Agricultural work experience:
  • Upland High School graduate

Alyssa Stalley 

  • Graduated from University of California, Berkley in Communications.
  • Specialization in Agricultural Business
  • Agricultural work experience:
  • Willows High School graduate, FFA member

Sarah Warren 

  • Graduated University of California, Davis in Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.
  • Specialization in Plant Science
  • Agricultural work experience:
  • Winters High School graduate, FFA member

2012-2013 GRADUATE PROFILES

grads_12-13.jpgKrista Frelinger, Amanda Larson, Kayla Roberts, and Yong Ra at their fund raising event at the Sugarmill in Clarksburg.

Krista Frelinger - Firebaugh High School Agricultural Teacher 

  • Graduated  in Plant Sciences from University of California, Davis
  • Masters in Education from University of California, Davis
  • Student Taught at Esparto High School under the direction of Amber Charter & Charlie Abee
  • Marymount High School graduate

Amanda Larson - Stratmore High School Agricultural Teacher

  • Graduated in Agricultural & Environmental Sciences  from University of California, Davis
  • Masters in Education from University of California, Davis
  • Student Taught Dixon High School under the direction of John Ramos & Marcus Tanaka
  • Monache High School FFA Member-American Degree Recipient 

Kayla Roberts - Winters High School Agricultural Teacher

  • Graduated in Agricultural & Environmental Sciences  from University of California, Davis
  • Masters in Education from University of California, Davis
  • Student Taught at East Nicholaus High School under the direction of Laurie Goss
  • Roseville High School graduate

Yong Ra - Florin High School Agricultural Teacher

  • Graduated in Agricultural & Environmental Sciences  from University of California, Davis 
  • Masters in Education from University of California, Davis
  • Student Taught at Woodland High School under the direction of: Jerry Delsol, Eric Dyer & Bree Perry
  • San Jose High School graduate

2011-2012 GRADUATE PROFILES

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Brittany Whyler & Kaytie Ettlin touring Chicago, prior to the National FFA Convention 2011

Kaytie Ettlin - Mother/Substitute Teacher

  • Graduated in Agricultural & Environmental Sciences  from University of California, Davis
  • Masters in Education from University of California, Davis
  • Student Taught at Winters High School under the direction of:  Kent Benson & Donnie Whitworth
  • Nevada Union High School graduate, American Degree Recipient, State FFA Officer

Brittany Whyler - Elk Grove High School Agricultural Teacher

  • Graduated in Animal Science  from University of California, Davis
  • Masters in Animal Science from Fresno State University
  • Masters in Education from University of California, Davis
  • Student Taught under the direction of Mike Albaini, Shannon Welch, Alyssa Schager, Amy Erman, Matt Patton, & Matt Rooney
  • Willows High School graduate

2010-2011 GRADUATE PROFILES

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Micheal McIntosh, Luz Mendoza, & Javier Gutierrez. Fund Raising Event at Rominger-West Winery

Javier Gutierrez - Half Moon Bay High School Agricultural Teacher

  • Graduated from Santa Clara University in Business
  • Masters in Education from University of California, Davis
  • Student Taught at Pioneer High School under the direction of Holly Whitworth, Jenni Pareas, Mary Park, & Scott Stephens
  • Winters High School graduate, FFA Member

Luz Mendoza - Reedley High School Agricultural Teacher

  • Graduated in International Agricultural Development from University of California, Davis
  • Masters in Education from University of California, Davis
  • Student Taught at Dixon High School under the direction of John Ramos & Bill Scott
  • Roosevelt High School graduate

Micheal McIntosh - Radiology Coordinator at Antelope Valley Outpatient Imaging 

  • Graduated from Sacramento State University in History & Political Science
  • Student Taught at Winters High School under the direction of  Kent Benson & Donnie Whitworth
  • Palmdale High School graduate, FFA Member

2009-2010 GRADUATE PROFILES

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Meredith Hensleigh-Sievers, Megan Sebesta, Jacob Bates, & Rachel Imbach. Touring Norte Dame University.

Jacob Bates - Technical Training Manager for New Holland, Pennsylvania 

  • Graduated in Applied Biotechnology Technology from University of California, Davis
  • Masters in Education from University of California, Davis
  • Student Taught at Winters High School under the direction of Kent Benson & Donnie Whitworth
  • Santa Ynez High School graduate

Rachel Imbach - Marketing Case New Holland, Pennsylvania

  • Graduated in Agricultural & Environmental Sciences  from University of California, Davis
  • Masters in Education from University of California, Davis
  • Student Taught under the direction of Shanon Spears, Charles VanRiper, & Jesse Meade
  • Modoc High School, Alturas graduate, American FFA Degree Recipient 

Merdith Hensleigh-Sievers - Harriet Eddy Middle School Science Teacher, Elk Grove, California

  • Graduated in Agricultural & Environmental Sciences  from University of California, Davis
  • Masters in Education from University of California, Davis
  • Student Taught at Woodland High School under the direction of Jerry Delsol, Tara Meade & Marcus Tanaka
  • Sheldon High School, Elk Grove graduate, FFA Member

Megan Sebesta - Elsinore High School Agricultural Teacher, California

  • Graduated in Animal Science from University of California, Davis
  • Masters in Education from University of California, Davis
  • Student Taught under the direction of Mike Albaini, Shannon Welch, Alyssa Schager, Amy Erman, Matt Patton, & Matt Rooney
  • Golden West High School, Visalia graduate, FFA Member

2008-2009 GRADUATE PROFILES

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Alex Xanthus, Crystal Thissen, Bekah Rottenberg, Bree Perry-Stroop, and Lily Martinez-Xanthus. Ferry ride in Vietnam

Lily Martinez-Xanthus -Willows High School Biology Teacher, California

  • Graduated in Animal Science from University of California, Davis
  • Masters in Education from University of California, Davis
  • Student Taught at Pioneer High School under the direction of Holly Whitworth, Jenni Pareas, Mary Park, & Scott Stephens
  • Palmdale High School graduate, FFA Member

Briana Perry-Stroop - Woodland High School Agricultural Teacher, California

  • Graduated in Agricultural & Environmental Sciences  from University of California, Davis
  • Masters in Education from University of California, Davis
  • Student Taught at Dixon High School under John Ramos & Bill Scott
  • Sheldon High School, Elk Grove graduate, FFA Member

Bekah Rottenberg - Di Venci High School Environmental Science Teacher, Davis, California

  • Graduated in Environmental Science from Brown University
  • Masters in Education from University of California, Davis
  • Student Taught at Davis High School under the direction of Amy Schulte-Thorpe
  • Northfield Mount Herman High School, MA graduate

Crystal Thissen - Rio Linda High School Agricultural Teacher, California

  • Graduated in Agricultural & Environmental Sciences  from University of California, Davis
  • Masters in Education from University of California, Davis
  • Ed.D in Educational Leadership & Management, Drexel University (in progress)
  • Student Taught at Delta High School, Clarksburg under the direction of Shanon Spears, Charles VanRiper, & Jesse Meade
  • Chowchilla High School, graduate, FFA Member, American Degree Recipient 

Alex Xanthus - Willows High School Agricultural Teacher, California

  • Graduated in Agricultural & Environmental Sciences  from University of California, Davis
  • Masters in Education from University of California, Davis
  • Student Taught at Winters High School under the direction of  Kent Benson & Donnie Whitworth
  • Hollister High School graduate, American FFA Degree Recipient

2007-2008 GRADUATE PROFILE

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Top row: Maya O’Connor, Garrett Pedritti Middle row: Tara Meade, Jen Caputo-Carar Front: Grant Ermis. Student Teacher Conclave 2008

Jen Caputo-Crerar - River Valley  High School Agricultural Teacher, Yuba City, California

  • Graduated in Agricultural Science  from Chico State University
  • Masters in Education from University of California, Davis
  • Student Taught at Winters High School under the direction of Kent Benson & Donnie Whitworth
  • East Nicholaus High School graduate, FFA Member

Grant Ermis - Ellsie Allen High School Agricultural Teacher, Santa Rosa, California

  • Graduated in Agricultural Science  from Chico State University
  • Masters in Education from University of California, Davis
  • Student Taught at Dixon High School under John Ramos & Bill Scott
  • Johansen High School, Modesto graduate, American FFA Degree Recipient

Tara Meade - Mother, Lakeside, California

  • Graduated in Animal Science  from University of California, Davis
  • Masters in Education from University of California, Davis
  • Student Taught at Woodland High School under the direction of: Jerry Delsol, Eric Dyer & Marcus Tanaka
  • El Capitan High School, Modesto graduate, FFA Member

Maya O’Connor - Zoological Society at the San Diego Zoo, California

  • Graduated in Behavioral Animal Science from University of California, Davis
  • Masters in Education from University of California, Davis
  • Student Taught at Pioneer High School, Woodland under the direction of Holly Whitworth, Jenni Pareas, Mary Parks, & Scott Stevens
  • Chester Jr. Sr. High School, graduate

Garrett Pedritti - County Executive Director USDA Farm Service, Merced, California

  • Graduated in Agricultural & Environmental Sciences  from University of California, Davis
  • Masters in Education from University of California, Davis
  • Student Taught at East Nicholaus High School under the direction of Laurie Goss
  • Dos Palos High School graduate, American FFA Degree Recipient 

2006-2007 GRADUATE PROFILE

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Back row: Matthew Rooney, Jesse Meade Middle row: Becky Deniz-Cheviler, Andi Adams Front: Becky Weidmann-Strode. Student Teacher Conclave 2007

Andi Adams - Ponderosa High School Agricultural Teacher, Shingle Springs, California

  • Graduated in Animal Science from University of California, Davis
  • Masters in Education from University of California, Davis
  • Student Taught at Delta High School, Clarksburg under the direction of Alyssa Schager, Shanon Spears, & Charles VanRiper
  • Marist High School, Eugene, OR graduate

Becky Deniz-Chaviler - Deniz Dairy, Petaluma, California

  • Graduated in Agricultural Business Management  from Cal Poly State University
  • Masters in Education from University of California, Davis
  • Student Taught at Ellsie Allen High School, Santa Rosa under the direction of Annette O’Kelley & Debi Battini
  • Petaluma High School graduate, American FFA Degree Recipient 

Jessie Meade - El Capitan High School Agricultural Teacher, Lakeside, California

  • Graduated in Animal and Business Management from University of California, Davis
  • Masters in Education from University of California, Davis
  • Student Taught at Woodland High School under the direction of: Jerry Delsol, Eric Dyer & Marcus Tanaka
  • El Capitan High School graduate, FFA Member

Matthew Rooney - Elk Grove High School Agricultural Teacher, California

  • Graduated in English, minor in Applied Biological Technology from University of California, Davis
  • Masters in Education from University of California, Davis
  • Student Taught at Woodland High School under the direction of: Jerry Delsol, Tara Meade & Marcus Tanaka
  • Elk Grove High School graduate, American FFA Degree Recipient

Becky Wiedmann-Strode - Mother, California

  • Graduated in Agricultural Sciences  from Cal Poly State University
  • Masters in Education from University of California, Davis
  • Student Taught at St Helena High School under the direction of Laura Mendes & Randy Mendes

2005-2006 GRADUATE PROFILE

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Back row: Amy Thompson-Gumm, Matthew Kempen, Travis Edwards, David Salzer, Jenni Pareas Front row: Alison Wolgumuth, Naomi Spitze-Lavelle, Mary Park, and Becky Domengoni. Student Teacher Conclave 2006

Becky Domingoni - Veterinarian – Mokelumne River Veterinary Clinic, Lockeford, California

  • Graduated in Animal Science  from University of California, Davis
  • Masters in Education from University of California, Davis
  • Student Taught at Winters High School under the direction of:  Kent Benson & Donnie Whitworth
  • Hemet High School graduate, American FFA Degree Recipient

Travis Edwards - Kuna High School Agricultural Teacher, Idaho

  • Graduated in Agronomy from Brigham Young University, Provo
  • Masters in Education from University of California, Davis
  • Student Taught Woodland High School under the direction of Marcus Tanaka, Jerry Delsol, & Eric Dyer
  • Kuna High School graduate, American FFA Degree Recipient

Matthew Kempen - Kerr Middle School Agricultural Teacher, Elk Grove, California

  • Graduated in Animal Science from Texas A & M
  • Masters in Education from University of California, Davis
  • Student Taught at Elk Grove High School under the direction of Mike Albaini, Warren Weaver, & Matt Patton

Mary Park - Pioneer High School Agricultural Teacher, Woodland, California

  • Graduated in English and Animal Science from University of California, Davis
  • Masters in Education from University of California, Davis
  • Student Taught at Franklin High School, Elk Grove under the direction of Sheri Duncan & Amber McDowell

Jenni Pareas - Pioneer High School Agricultural Teacher, Woodland, California

  • Graduated in Animal Science  from University of California, Davis
  • Masters in Education from University of California, Davis
  • Student Taught at Florin High School under the direction of: Sheila Folan & Amy Spithorse

David Salzer - Argonaut High School Agricultural Teacher, Jackson, California

  • Graduated in Psychology from University of California, Davis
  • Masters in Education from University of California, Davis
  • Specialized in Applied Biological Technology
  • Student Taught at Pierce High School, Arbuckle under the direction of Cindy Rhode, Jim Marsh, & George Green

Naomi Spitze-Lavelle - Veterinarian Animal Care Center of Topeka, Kansas

  • Graduated from University of California, Davis
  • Masters in Education from University of California, Davis
  • Student Taught at Davis High School under the direction of Amy Schulte-Thorpe 
  • Laguna Creek High School, Elk Grove, graduate

Amy Thompson-Gumm - Woodland Polytechnic Charter School Agricultural Teacher, California

  • Graduated in Agricultural Science from Chico State Univeristy
  • Masters in Education from University of California, Davis
  • Student Taught at East Nicholaus High School under the direction of Laurie Goss
  • Woodland High School graduate, American FFA Degree Recipients

Alison Wolgumuth - Program Coordinator at Bay Area Resources Coordinator, California

  • Graduated  in Agricultural and Environmental Science from University of California, Davis
  • Masters in Education from University of California, Davis
  • Student Taught at Armijo High School, Fairfield under the direction of Jerry Moore
  • Kingsburg High School, American FFA Degree Recipient

2003-2004 GRADUATE PROFILE

Holly Bushcombe-Whitworth - Vice Principal Armijo High School, Fairfield, California

  • Graduated from University of California, Davis
  • Masters in Education from University of California, Davis
  • Ed.D in Educational Leadership & Mgt, Drexel University (in progress)
  • Student Taught at Woodland High School under the direction of: Jerry Delsol, Eric Dyer & Marcus Tanaka
  • Yreka High School graduate, FFA Member

Judy Etcherverria-Aschwanden - St Helena High School Agricultural Teacher, California

  • Graduated from University of California, Davis
  • Masters in Education from University of California, Davis
  • Student Taught at Pierce High School, Arbuckle under the direction of: George Green, Jim Marsh & Cindy Rhode
  • Petaluma High School, American FFA Degree Reciepant

Dan Frank - UC Davis Adjunct Professor – Plant Science, California

  • Graduated from University of California, Davis 
  • Masters from Fresno State University
  • Masters in Education from University of California, Davis
  • Student Taught at Pierce High School, Arbuckle under the direction of: George Green, Jim Marsh & Cindy Rhode

George Sellu - Agricultural Business Instructor Santa Rosa Junior College, California

  • Graduated in Soil Science from University of Sierra Leone 
  • Masters in Education from University of California, Davis
  • Ph.D University of California, Davis (in progress)
  • Student Taught at Florin High School under the direction of: Sheila Folan & Amy Spithorse

Julie Stewart-Brashear - Hillsborough High School CTE Mentor, Florida

  • Graduated from University of California, Davis
  • Masters in Education from University of California, Davis
  • Social Service from Troy University
  • Student Taught at Rio Vista High School
  • Woodland High School graduate, FFA Member

Donnie Whitworth - Winters High School Agricultural Teacher, California

  • Graduated from University of California, Davis
  • Masters in Education from University of California, Davis
  • Student Taught at Winters High School under the direction of Kent Benson & Mark Alves
  • Dixon High School graduate, American FFA Degree Recipient

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