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Annaliese Henderson

Annaliesse HendersonFollowing in her father's footsteps, Annaliese Henderson, a 2016 graduate of the agricultural and extension education program, knew she was meant to be an agriculture teacher.

“He taught me everything I ever needed to know, and over his years of teaching I got to experience what he taught his own students and see the opportunities that they got to have,” she said.

The Wetzel County native fondly remembers childhood visits to WVU which cemented her choice of universities.

“I fell in love with WVU and, growing up in West Virginia, I always wanted to stay close to home. I had always heard so much about WVU’s agricultural education program, and it sounded like the school for me.”

As a student at WVU, Henderson had the honor of being named a National Teach Ag Ambassador.

While part of the 12-person team, Henderson promoted agricultural education as a college major and career to high school students. The ambassadors also worked with their states to develop plans to promote the recruitment and retention of agriculture teachers in an effort to address the current national shortage. Additionally, they developed and maintained a cohort of current and future teachers of agriculture, fostering mentor/mentee relationships and connections.

Henderson is currently an agriculture teacher at Greenbrier East High School in Lewisburg, West Virginia.