By the time Lisa Sackreiter was in elementary school, she already knew she was going to be a teacher.
“I decided when I was in third grade I wanted to be a teacher,” she said, adding at the time she wanted to teach third grade.
It was when she started high school that she determined agriculture education was going to be her future.
In both cases, she said, it was a teacher who influenced her decision to get involved in education.
Sackreiter, who is the new RVHS ag educator, said she had a very good third grade teacher and was significantly influenced by her own ag teacher.
Of course, ag was nothing new to Sack-reiter, as she grew up on a farm, which meant gaining plenty of personal experience to bring to the job.
“I grew up on a farm, so ag is always something I have been interested in,” she said.
Being one who enjoys learning new things is an asset for an ag educator who needs to bring a diverse program to students.
After all, the subject of “agriculture” is a pretty broad one.
“My job is to educate students about the different aspects of ag,” said Sackreiter.
She said she wants to help students get the information they need, so when they are older they can make in-formed decisions about everything from good food choices to policy.
She also knows not every student is going on to college, which means helping them gain understanding they need for the world waiting for them.
For Sackreiter, it doesn’t matter if every student who walks into her classroom finds a specific career in agriculture, but that they have the tools they need to make good life decisions.
In addition to classroom education on a variety of topics, Sack-reiter is also serving as the Redwood Valley FFA Chapter advisor, which means helping students develop as leaders for their future.
Sackreiter spent the past five years in Har-mony teaching at Fill-more Central High School and grew up near St. Charles.
Sackreiter said she opted to make the move to the Redwood Area School District, because she said she liked what she saw in the existing program, adding she was looking for something different.
While Sackreiter recognizes the importance of being able to teach students in a variety of topics, she, like any ag educator, has specific ag interests. One of the areas Sackreiter hopes to further develop is in the area of horticulture, and she said the existing FFA garden is an asset to build on both outdoors and in the classroom.
Sackreiter, who was a member of her school’s FFA chapter, was involved in floriculture and placed second in the state in that area.
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Sackreiter arrived in the community at the end of July and was able to get involved in the county fair and Farmfest and was able to meet many of the current FFA members.
She has also experienced the strong community support for the local program, and said she hopes to build on that in the future.