The Daily News | Ag, business classes added to Warsaw curriculum

WARSAW — Two new teachers in Warsaw Middle/High School are reviving programs the district hasn’t seen in a long time.

Sarah Gallman-St. George and Hannah Milligan are bringing their expertise in business and agriculture education, respectively.

Gallman-St. George grew up in Allegheny County then went to Niagara University for her degree in business education. She has been teaching the subject at Letchworth Central School for 18 years but has always lived in Warsaw and jumped at the opportunity to start a fresh program.

“They’re looking to grow the program here and that’s something I was really interested and passionate about trying to build what I do,” she said.

Milligan was born and raised in Wyoming County and graduated form Pavilion High School. In college, she began her path toward veterinary science but by her junior year found that she wanted to get into ag education.

“I’ve always liked the ag advocacy side of ag education so I was really passionate about that,” Milligan said.

In business class, students will learn things like finance, marketing, typing and a general grasp of technology as it becomes more ubiquitous in today’s world.

In agricultural class, kids will be taught plant science, animal science, welding, mechanics among other things.

Though the two are technically teaching different subjects, they plan to collaborate together in teaching kids agri-business, given the role agriculture plays in Wyoming County.

“In Wyoming County having kids that grow up around agriculture, they sometimes don’t see what’s right in front of their face,” Gallman-St. George said adding it’s not “what grandma and grandpa used to do on the farm.”

Gallman-St. George talked about how skills kids will learn in business class and into college can prepare them for a career on a farm. Farms need computer analysts, marketers and engineers like many businesses do.

She later added: “Farm owners aren’t looking to hire people straight out of high school. They’re looking for people with a college education and background in business.”

Also new to the school, Milligan plans to bring a Future Farmers of America program to Warsaw, something that hasn’t happened since about the late 1970s.

Though Warsaw doesn’t have the acreage like other schools to offer a full-fledged livestock program, Milligan still plans to take advantage of FFA benefits.

“We’re definitely going to use the green spaces we have to the fullest of their potential,” Milligan said, suggesting a chicken coop and raising rabbits could take place in the future.

Milligan also said a goal of hers is to convey that the FFA can benefit all students, not just the ones familiar with agriculture.

She said being in FFA “is going to help you to be not only a better public speaker but also a better leader.”

“I would say all students would benefit from being in FFA,” Milligan said.

Starting two new programs in a school takes time to grow and gain interest and these two understand that. But they are in fields they know and enjoy and have support from administration.

“It’s hard to start from nothing and try to build something form there,” Gallman-St. George said. “But I have 18 years of experience doing what I did. And I plan to not only bring that here but grow myself and expand what the things are that I offer.”

“The administration has really been supporting this and I think that comes a lot form the push toward giving students more of an opportunity to do different things,” Milligan said. “I think everyone in the community and across the nation is really realizing how important agriculture is and how many opportunities there are for students and for people in general.”

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