National FFA Week WIU Alumni Spotlight-Jason Kilburn 1994 WIU Alumnus
Jason is the agriculture teacher and FFA advisor at the Monmouth-Roseville High School. Proximity to home and the small student to faculty ratio brought Jason to WIU and if he had the chance to do it over again, he would.
“My time at WIU was very enjoyable and challenging in a good way. I felt that I was pushed to be the best that I could be. The knowledge and experiences I gained by attending WIU was very valuable. I was able to network with many professionals within the agricultural education field. If I had the chance to do it all over again, I would not change a thing. I would go to WIU again!!”
Jason credits his involvement with Collegiate FFA and Ag Mech Club for gaining experience in the industry, building a network of professionals, and improving time management skills.
When asked what his proudest moment of his career has been, Jason cannot pick just one. “I am proud all the time of my students and FFA members. I measure the proudest moments by seeing young individuals strive to achieve goals and reaching them. Working with them on that journey and seeing the satisfaction on their faces when they achieve them, knowing that they had their doubts but keep on going anyway. Getting a student to compete in Career Development Event that you know is not their strength but they compete anyway to become a better rounded student. These are moments I’m the proudest of.”
Agricultural educators continue to be in demand. Jason added a few words of advice for those pursuing degrees in agriculture education. “Agriculture education is a rewarding field to be in, but is also challenging at the same time. Be sure to stay patient and know that it will get easier as time goes on. Teaching high school agriculture and being an advisor of the FFA can seem overwhelming at times. The time you get to spend working and guiding the young people is worth every moment. Stay patient, dedicated, and take time to enjoy the little successes you will have while teaching the leaders of tomorrow.”
Thank you Jason for your dedication to the leaders of tomorrow.
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