CSU, Chico

Kimberly Macintosh, Agriculture Education

Kimberly Macintosh, Agriculture Education

Kimberly MacintoshWhether it’s judging for a Future Farmers of America contest, being a chair for a committee, or helping coach a high school FFA team, Jr. Agriculture Science and Education major Kimberly Macintosh is the go to girl to coordinate, judge, or help with whatever needs to be done. “When she does something, she does it well, which will make for an excellent high school agriculture teacher,” Agriculture Education Professor Dodson said.

As early as a sophomore at Amador High School, Macintosh knew she wanted to be a high school agriculture teacher. Her role model was Carly Dutschke, who happens to be a Chico State alumna. “No matter what it was, she really encouraged me to try things that I would have never considered before,” said Macintosh.

Trying new things is what Macintosh is all about at Chico State. As a freshman, among other FFA related events, she helped judge opening and closing ceremonies and creed competitions. “I think these contests are great preparation for me as an agriculture teacher because they give me a behind-the-scenes experience and let me see how these contests are judged, which will be helpful in training my students one day,” Macintosh said. The convention workshops she has helped facilitate since she has arrived in Chico will also help prepare her for the future.  “We present different leadership skills in a fun and interactive way for high school FFA students,” Macintosh said.

Throughout high school Macintosh was very active in FFA and showed every type of large animal livestock project, including lambs, goats, hogs, steers, and horses. With that knowledge she now helps the Orland Horse Judging Team. “I liked working with a group of kids who were different from my expectations. These kids really forced me to challenge myself to get to their level and to make my lessons easy for them to understand and comprehend,” Macintosh said.

Macintosh is also involved with various clubs and organizations here at Chico State.  Currently she is the president of Alpha Tau Alpha, a national professional honorary agriculture organization that is geared towards those who are majoring in agriculture education. She is a member of the Chico State Young Cattlemen’s Association, which is a part of a statewide organization.  The leadership team committees she has been on are the results, awards, and facilities committee. For the past three years Macintosh has been on the Leadership Team for Chico State’s annual Field Day and the co-chair for the Light Horse Judging Contest.

She is quite active in the college of agriculture, but in addition Macintosh serves on the database and marketing committees for CSU, Chico’s Up ‘til Dawn, an event sponsored by over 180 campuses and universities nationwide to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Her database duties included helping register and checking out over 3,000 Chico State students. She also helped design the T-shirt every participant received and helped with campus publicity. Her contributions helped CSU, Chico be recognized by St. Jude as the fastest school to raise $1 million for research in 2010.  

Academically Macintosh has set the bar high for herself and has been a part of the honors program since her freshman year at CSU, Chico. She has carried above a 3.0 gpa while being an indispensible member of CSU, Chico clubs and committees, and is a community leader. In 2011 Macintosh was honored for her diligence by receiving the Ken Bensel Memorial Scholarship and the Bradford Memorial scholarships within the College of Agriculture.

Being a family person and having a love for Northern California, she naturally sees herself teaching anywhere from her hometown in Jackson, to the most northern part of the state. “She has what it takes to succeed as a teacher because she gets along with everyone, is committed to everything she does, and a hard worker,” said Dodson. “With all that Kim is involved with and all of her accomplishments, she will have no problem being a great role model for her high school students whom she will encourage, just as her educators did throughout high school and during her education here at CSU, Chico.”