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Ellen Blackwell learns the art of teaching under Thompson

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Since the start of the spring semester, students may have noticed that a new face has graced west campus.

Ellen Blackwell has been serving as a student teacher under Ms. Thompson, learning the ropes of ag ed as a step toward her future as a high school ag teacher.

Blackwell began attending Kansas State University for Animal Science, but later in her freshman year, she changed her major to agriculture.  

A long way from home, Blackwell was born and raised in Santa Maria, California. She lived only 15 miles from the coast, so she grew up visiting the beach, and larger neighboring cities, often. Nevertheless, she had a heart for rural living.

“I was very involved in 4-H and our local dance program growing up, and when I entered high school I became very involved in our Ag Ed program and FFA chapter. My hometown is very dependent on agriculture, so even though my family was not directly involved in the agriculture industry, I was able to be a part of our local ag industry through my involvement in 4-H and FFA,” said Blackwell.

Blackwell hopes to develop her teaching abilities and then learn and develop new skills teaching here at HHS in order to help her in her own classroom in the future.

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“She is a really good teacher, and we have a lot of fun with her in class,” says sophomore Kaysi Overdick. “I think she will be a good teacher one day.”

Of her future as an educator, Ms. Blackwell hopes to jump right in after finishing at Hiawatha while continuing on in her own schooling.

“After completing student teaching I will graduate from Kansas State University with my Bachelors Degree in Agricultural Education. After graduation I plan to teach Agriculture Education classes in a high school. I also plan to eventually continue my education by receiving my masters degree.”

Now that you’ve learned a little more about Ms. Blackwell, it's easy to see how much some of us small town members have in common with someone from a big town.