Kansas State University


Department of Communications and Agricultural Education

Ag Ed Alumni Update

Tara Lohse

LohseI am from Fallbrook, California. I transferred to Kansas State in the fall of 2012, from Modesto Junior College in Modesto, California. I graduated from Kansas State May of 2015.

I am currently teaching at Rawlins County High School, in Atwood Kansas. I teach in a very rural community in the far Northwest corner of the state. In the classroom I try to give a wide range of choices for the students to have in classes, career development events, and leadership activities to choose from. Coming in as a new teacher I felt that the possibilities were endless, because I have the upmost support from the administration, parents and community to uphold the tradition of the program. The classes that I offer are Agriculture Mechanics, Agriculture Leadership, Introduction to Agriculture, Food Science, Horticulture, Advanced Welding and Agriculture OJT.

I am really enjoying teaching so far! I feel that I was prepared throughout my time at K-State and during student teaching at Fort Scott. Every day is a new challenge, and no day is ever the same! It is great having such a supportive administration, teaching staff, parents and students!

Katelyn Meiwes

meiwesMy name is Katelyn Meiwes, and I am from Moran, Kansas. I graduated from K-State in Spring 2015. Currently, I am the agricultural education teacher and FFA advisor at Altoona-Midway Middle/High School.

We have a good variety of classes in our agricultural education program. Those offered this school year include Ag Explorations (Middle School), Ag Science, Animal Science, Food Science, Ag Welding , and Ag Fabrication. In addition, we are active in the community by holding Food for America, a Pancake Breakfast, and Elementary Ag Day–just to name a few.

Agricultural education has allowed me to combine my two passions: agriculture and working with youth. I have enjoyed sharing my knowledge of agriculture with students as well as watching them succeed and grow as individuals and am looking forward to the many opportunities that lie ahead.



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