Manheim Central High School
Agriculture Education Department
Agricultural Education Instructors
Mrs. Heather Anderson is the advisor of the Manheim FFA Chapter. She teaches Introduction to Agriculture Production & Mechanics, Food Science, Animal Science, and Veterinary Science courses. Her family raises and shows Horses, Boer goats and Netherland Dwarf rabbits.
Dr. Seth Kensinger is Instructional Facilitator for the Ag Department. He teaches both introductory and upper-level agriculture courses with his areas of specialty being environmental science, agribusiness, greenhouse management & nursery landscaping. He is currently advising the activities of the Manheim Adult Young Farmer program.
Ms. Allyson Balmer teaches all advanced agricultural mechanics classes. She he is an alumni of the program and graduate of Penn State Ag Education. Her background is in Dairy and Animal Science, but while teaching at Tulpehocken High School, she specialized in Ag Mechanics. She now teaches Construction, Welding, Small Gas Engines and Ag Machinery courses. She is co-advisor of the Manheim FFA Chapter.
Together they help your child explore different fields within the Agriculture industry.
The Three Circle Model
Through agricultural education, students are provided opportunities for leadership development, personal growth and career success. Agricultural education instruction is delivered through three major components:
- Classroom/Laboratory instruction (contextual learning)
- Supervised Agricultural Experience programs (work-based learning)
- Student leadership organizations (National FFA Organization, National Young Farmer Educational Association and National Post-secondary Agricultural Student Organization).
Manheim FFA Chapter
FFA is an intracurricular student organization for those interested in agriculture and leadership. It is one of the three components of agricultural education.
All MCSD Agriculture Education students are provided with a basic membership in the National FFA Organization. FFA They are considered Blue Level members of the Manheim FFA Chapter. To participate further in county, state, and national FFA activities, members are encouraged to submit a membership application, and annual dues of $20 to become Gold Level member. For more information about the opportunities provided to FFA members, visit www.ffa.org.