Amber Thibodeau — Vermont / New York
I grew up in Grahamsville, New York in the heart of the Catskill Mountains. My childhood home overlooked on of the reservoirs in the New York City Watershed system. My agricultural experiences growing up were very diverse, my grandparents worked a small hobby farm where we made maple syrup, grew our own vegetables and raised beef cattle, sheep and chickens. I have always loved horses and was given a pony when I was young. Having my own horse to ride and care for helped further develop my skills and interests and in high school I worked for a local boarding stable.
I started in the Tri-Valley FFA chapter in 7th grade attending trips, competing in CDEs and holding chapter offices. I competed in the National Livestock Judging CDE in 9th grade and represented my FFA chapter in the Model of Innovation competition for the next 3 years. I was elected New York State FFA Secretary my senior year.
I attended Morrisville State College where I majored in Equine Science and Management and obtained my Associate’s. I then transferred to Cornell University where I earned my Bachelors in Agricultural Education/Animal Science and Masters in the Art of Teaching. While in college I worked for the New York State FFA office as a student administrative assistant and the Cornell Equine Performance Clinic. I spent my summers working at the Oswegatchie Educational Center, New York’s FFA camp, and I love to volunteer at OEC whenever I get the opportunity. While there, I met my husband Jamie. Most recently I worked as a 4-H Educator for the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Lewis County. I currently live in Southern Vermont with my husband and our Labradoodle, Angus. I also have a QH mare, Tulsa.
I am excited to be a part of the Nelson Academy of Agricultural Sciences Online community!