Last week, introduced Mr. Clemente Ayon as one of the newest faculty members in the Agricultural Education and Communication Department (AGED). Today, we are happy to introduce another new faculty member, Ms. Erin Gorter!
1. Where are you from?
San Luis Obispo, CA
2. Since being at Cal Poly, what has been your most memorable experience?
Supervising teacher candidates has been the most memorable experience. I’ve had the opportunity to visit schools I’ve never been to and see some awesome agriculture programs!
3. How did you become involved in Ag?
I was involved in 4-H at a young age which then evolved into FFA. I learned to love agriculture and knew I wanted a career in the industry.
4. Where did you go to college and what did you major in?
I attended Modesto Junior College and then transferred to Texas Tech University where I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science. My teaching credentials and master’s degree were earned through Cal Poly.
5. Most memorable experience in agriculture?
Most most memorable experience was on the Texas Tech Livestock Judging Team. Some of the greatest memories I have are of traveling across the country in a large, white can with a trailer behind it, looking at livestock with some of my best friends.
6. What made you want to teach?
My high school agriculture teacher had a tremendous impact on my decision to teach. Seeing her succeed at something she enjoyed really influenced my decision to become a part of the agriculture education family.
7. What Classes do you teach?
I teach AGED 410, Computers in Education, AGED 303, FFA and SAE, AGED 220, Youth Leadership Conferences.
8. How does teaching college students compare to high school students?
College students seem more focused on the immediate task at hand while being in class. I like it when Cal Poly students stop by my office to chat or check in. I had the opportunity to work with a few students fall quarter and traveled to Kentucky together. It was a great time and I really enjoyed the perspective each student brought on the trip.That being said, I do miss the occasional high school student outburst; when they can’t contain the thought in their head and it is just out there! It may not always be topical, appropriate or necessary, but it always adds some interest to the day.
9. Outside of work what are some of your favorite things to do?
My husband and I brew lots of beer. We also enjoy traveling to new breweries and sampling some fine craft brews. We are looking into growing our own hops this year. I also enjoy reading, shooting and fishing. We have three dogs, Catahoula, Rowdy, an Australian Shepherd, and Lady, a Cairn/Yorkie Cross. Lady can be found at #picsforladysfirstyear. Yes, she has her own hashtag!
We are very happy to welcome Ms. Erin Gorter to the AGED faculty and expect great things to come from her while she is here.