"Friendships made through 4-H last a lifetime! My best friend and I met through 4-H and continue our friendship today!"

Years in 4-H

BME '95 Music Therapy, University of Kansas: MSE '03 Special Education, Northern Illinois University


Elementary Music Teacher, Amboy CUSD #272

Favorite 4-H Projects:  Clothing, Style Revue, Dogs, Visual Arts, Public Speaking & Demonstrations

How did 4-H contribute to your leadership skills today?

Public speaking through 4-H taught me to get up in front of a group and it helps me not only in my line of work, but also as a 4-H leader.

Did 4-H instill a career path for you?

Public Speaking built my confidence of standing in front of a group of people. This helped as I was a cheerleader, was in show choir, participated in Speech and Drama in high school, and now in my career as a teacher.

What advice do you have for someone interested in your career path?

Learn patience and flexibility - what you have planned for the day may go out the window at any given moment!

What advice would you give a current 4-H member?

Take projects that are of interest to you and learn as much as you can from them. Enjoy every 4-H opportunity possible - you won't regret it!

Why should young people join 4-H today?

4-H is a wonderful opportunity to try new things and meet new people. So many projects are a part of 4-H - not just animals. Check it out - you never know what talents you may discover!