2018 West Virginia Teacher of the Year

thorsell Katlin Thorsell

Katlin Thorsell is an agriculture teacher at Washington High School in Charles Town, West Virginia. While her main interest is in animal science, she teaches courses in Introduction to Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, Companion Animal Care, Greenhouse Production and Horticulture. She also serves as a FFA advisor and helps her students develop their leadership potential and grow as individuals. She received her Masters of Science from West Virginia University in Agriculture with an emphasis on Agriculture and Extension Education. Through her classroom experiences, she has developed an interest in special education and autism and has received additional teaching endorsements in both. Thorsell has served on her school's Local School Improvement Council and Guidance Advisory Council and was elected as president of the Faculty Senate. She was the 2015 Teacher Turn the Key representative for West Virginia at the National Association of Agriculture Educators Convention and she currently holds the office of reporter for the West Virginia Association of Agriculture Educators. She serves her community as a volunteer firefighter and EMT as well as a member of the Jefferson County Fair Board of Directors. She credits a love for the agriculture industry and the insistence of her own high school FFA advisor for her career choice in education. Thorsell hopes that every day she creates a warm and welcoming environment in her classroom and that when her students leave the halls of Washington High School behind, they will always remember that they have someone who truly believes in them.

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