GrowNextGen teacher leader

Abby Motter

Agriscience teacher at Fort Frye High School

Motter is willing to be contacted about agriscience, STEM, camps/afterschool programs, animal science, 21st century skills, and career-connected learning. She is interested in collaborating with others on these topics: career-connected learning, student internship programming, middle school agriculture, agriculture careers, inquiry-based learning, and community partnerships.

What about teaching excites you?
I have the privilege of learning each student’s unique talents and abilities, and then showing them the potential they have to succeed. Nothing is more rewarding than a student excelling in and out of the classroom because they have found where their passions and strengths align. Students are given the opportunity to shine when they can make a concept relevant to them, figure out scenarios related to their interests, and live out experiential learning.

How do you help students make the industry or real-world connection to what they’re learning?
As an agricultural educator, I help students make that connection through inquiry, community partnerships, and hands-on experiences. The more interactions I can create between students and industry, the more awareness they have of agriculture-related careers. I spend a lot of time teaching introductory skills to trade-based careers to show students their potential to succeed, whether they choose post-secondary education or to go into the workforce.