Moving to California in 1996 she would spend 7+ years employed with Intel Corporation in Folsom working in Project and Program Management, most notably process improvement. While at Intel she won numerous awards and accolades for her efforts. Staying true to her rural roots her husband and she would settle on 10 acres in Rescue. Upon leaving Intel to start her family she worked part-time for one of the El Dorado County viticulture pioneers, John MacCready of Sierra Vista Winery. And 6 years ago when her children started school Avis wanting to return to education took the position of Garden Coordinator at Green Valley Elementary in Rescue. One of the rare stipend Garden Coordinator positions in the county she would grow and expand their garden space and program so students had regular, standards-based lessons in environmental and agricultural science and also incorporated creative writing and art.
Avis would also start volunteering for El Dorado County Ag in the Classroom after graduating from their second Teacher’s Ag Summer Institute. Then in January 2014 she started contracting with El Dorado County Ag in the Classroom to coordinate the Fields of Learning Program. In less than a year is putting standards in place and making the program more accessible for the teachers involved as well as growing the program. She also now sits on the Ponderosa FFA Advisory Committee where juniors and seniors in Ag Leadership are selected to serve as farm teacher’s assistants during the visits.
“I am excited to take over the reigns as Executive Director of El Dorado County Ag in the Classroom. I was lucky as a child to be able to walk out in the field with my grandfather and dig up potatoes or pick beans for our next meal. I want every child to have the opportunity to know where their food truly comes from as well as open their eyes to the critical role agriculture plays here in their own backyard of El Dorado County and continuing, improving, and growing El Dorado County’s Agriculture in the Classroom’s programs we can succeed in accomplishing that.”
Calaveras County has been her home now for 25 years and where Cherie has worked with the Calaveras Unified School District as a volunteer, child care aide and garden care coordinator for the past 16 years.
Her interest in gardening with children began at her daughter’s co-op pre-school 18 years ago. For a Mother’s Day project Cherie was given the task to pick up a donation of flowers from a local nursery. Quite naturally she found herself assisting parents and their children with decorating and showing them how to pot the plants. For Cherie, the experience sparked an interest and appreciation for the endless connections one could make in teaching our young, both academic and life lessons, through nature.
That realization would send her on a path to where she is today.
“I feel privileged to be a representative for AITC and I am looking forward to getting to know the El Dorado County communities. There are so many wonderful lessons that can be taught to our children through nature and I thoroughly enjoy teaching them.”
Cherie currently coordinates the Fields of Learning program and assists with administrative duties.
Britney worked for Farm Bureau and Ag in the Classroom since 2007. She has worked for the El Dorado County Farm Bureau and El Dorado Ag in the Classroom as well as the California Farm Bureau and California Ag in the Classroom Foundation. In 2014, Britney continued to pursue her passion of agricultural education at Green Valley Elementary School as the Garden Coordinator.
Britney has settled down in Placerville with her husband, 2 daughters and 2 dogs. She still enjoys frequent visits to the family farm in Shingle Springs to visit her grandparents, horses, goats and assortment of other livestock.
Britney coordinates Ag in the Classroom’s Farm Days.