Allyson Smith joins SRC faculty as an agriculture teacher

CANTON—Allyson Smith, Canton has joined the faculty at Spoon River College as a full-time agriculture teacher. She is a graduate of Canton High School, where she was a member of the FFA and active in a number of FFA contests, including soils, agronomy, horticulture, electricity, poultry, Ag Business, Parliamentary Procedure, public speaking, and forestry. She also served as president and vice-president, and remains a dedicated advocate of FFA.

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“FFA is so much more than corn, soybeans, and cows,” Smith said. “And it’s often at a contest that a student finds what their interest really is.” For her, that interest was agronomy.

After graduating high school in 2015, Smith enrolled at WIU for Ag Education where she was a member of the Weed Science team, a student recruiter for the School of Ag, and also worked on the university farm under Dr. Mark Bernards. It was there she added researching to the list of things she liked doing, so she switched up her major and graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Agriculture and a minor in Agronomy in 2018.

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Smith then transferred to Michigan State University to work on a master’s degree. While there, she participated in extension events and had the opportunity to teach an introduction to Weed Science lab, where she discovered yet another passion. “I knew deep down that teaching was what I was meant to do.”

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